BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana womens track and field team will host the Big Ten Conference Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 at Harry C. Gladstein Fieldhouse on the IU campus. The Hoosiers will be attempting to win their first indoor title since 2000 after finishing second in 2002 and third in 2001.
All session tickets, good for both Saturday and Sunday, are $10. Single-session tickets (for either Saturday or Sunday) are $7 and student tickets are $3 per session. Tickets can be purchased at the door during the event or in advance by contacting the IU ticket office at 1-866-IU-SPORTS.
Results updates will be available throughout the meet by visiting IUHOOSIERS.COM/womenstrackandfield/bigten and also at WWW.BIGTEN.ORG.
In This Weeks polls...
The Hoosier womens team is ranked tied for eighth in this weeks Trackwire 25 Power Rankings. Additionally, the team is ranked eighth in the Team Power Rankings.
Two other teams from the Big Ten Conference appear in this weeks Trackwire poll. Illinois is tied for 10th and Ohio State sits a tie for 20th.
Indiana at Big Ten Indoors Indiana has won three Big Ten Indoor team titles since the inception of a conference championship in 1982. The Hoosiers finished first in 1988, 1991 and in 2000. Heres a look at Indianas finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the last 10 seasons.
Big Ten Indoors in Bloomington
The Big Ten Indoor championships have been held in Bloomington three times, in 1982, 1986 and 1993. On three occasions, a school has won the title while hosting the conference championships. In 1989, Illinois was the winner in Champaign and in 1990, Wisconsin was victorious in Madison. Most recently, Purdue claimed the title in West Lafayette in 2001.
Hoosier Big Ten Record Holders
Indiana currently holds a four of Big Ten Indoor Championship records and three of those records were set at last seasons conference meet in State College, Pa. Senior Danielle Carruthers 7.26 in the 60 meter dash set a new Big Ten record. In the 200m, senior Rachelle Boone clocked a time of 23.47 to claim the title and the record. Finally, the Hoosiers 4x400 Relay team of Charlene Maddox, Boone, Chioma Ndubisi and 2002 senior Tia Trent won the event in 3:40.44, breaking the old record of 3:41.30, set by Indiana in 1985. Jennifer Brown set the shot put record of 53-7 in 2000.
Boone Looking For Sweep
Senior Rachelle Boone enters this weekends meet as the top-seeded sprinter in both the 60 and 200 meter dashes. Boone won the 200 title last season in a meet record 23.47 and finished runner-up to teammate Danielle Carruthers in the 60m.
The Norfolk, Va., product has already earned the right to compete at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships in both the 60m and 200m this season. In the 60m, Boone ran an automatic qualifying time of 7.26 at the Indiana Invitational, Friday, Feb. 7.
At the Cannon IV Classic on Feb. 15, she automatically qualified for NCAAs in the 200m with a time of 23.60. Her time in the 60m ranks as the third-best in the nation this season while her 200m time ranks ninth nationally.
Carruthers Seeks Hurdles Title
Senior Danielle Carruthers will battle for her first indoor hurdles title in the 60 meter hurdles this weekend. Carruthers won last seasons Big Outdoor Ten 100 hurdles crown. Her time of 8.14 in the 60h ranks as the second-best among Big Ten competitors in 2003. Illinois Perdita Felicien owns the fastest time of 7.97.
Carruthers, who hails from Paducah, Ky., has qualified for the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships after running automatic times on two occasions. Her time of 8.14 is the fourth-fastest in the country this season. In addition, Carruthers time of 7.37 in the 60 meter dash, ranks 17th nationally.
Carruthers is a seven-time All-American for IU and was last seasons Big Ten Indoor Athlete of the Year.
Boone Breaks a Big Ten Record
Rachelle Boone has added two records to her long list of accomplishments in this season. On Feb. 7 at the Indiana Invitational, Boone set a Gladstein Fieldhouse record in the 60m with a time of 7.26. On Feb. 1 at the Illinois Health Alliance Classic, she set an Armory Track record in the 60m with a time of 7.32.
Chesnut Breaks IU Triple Jump Record
Junior transfer Lauren Chesnut wasted no time putting her name in the Hoosier record books. Chesnut, who came to Indiana from George Mason, has broken the school record in the triple jump not once, but twice. In her first competition at Indiana on Jan. 25, she posted a mark of 12.58m/41-03.25, bettering the indoor record by more than a foot. Chesnut improved on her record in the second week of the season at Purdue with a leap of 12.60m/41-04.25. Chesnut ranks seventh among Big Ten triple jumpers.
Dalla Rosa Improving All The Time
Freshman thrower Andrea Dalla Rosa is making serious strides in her first collegiate season. Dalla Rosa has improved her shot put mark more than four feet during indoor season. At the Indiana Invitational, she threw a personal-best 15.50 meters (50-10.25), which also exceeded the NCAA Provisional mark of 15.20m. This distance ranks 29th in the country this indoor season and is the fourth-best among freshmen.
Richmond On The Rise
Senior long jumper Rose Richmond missed the first three weeks of the season due to a hamstring injury, but is approaching postseason form. Richmond posted a personal-best and an NCAA provisional distance of 6.20m (20-4.50) last weekend at the Hoosier Hills open. The St. Petersburg, Fla., product placed fifth at last seasons Big Ten Indoor Meet and first at the conference outdoor meet.
Foster A Former Big Ten Champ
Senior long jumper Tandra Foster is a former Big Ten Indoor champion. Foster claimed the title in 2001 with a jump of 6.12m (20-2.5). Last season, she placed third in the event. Fosters best jump of the 2003 season, a leap of 6.00m (19-8.25), came at the Cannon IV Classic. Like her teammate Rose Richmond, Foster missed the first three weeks of the season with a hamstring injury.
Head Coach Randy Heisler Randy Heisler is in his fifth season as the head coach of the womens track and field program and his 14th overall at Indiana. Since 1999, the Hoosiers have finished in the top four in three of the last four Big Ten Indoor Championships and captured the conference title at both the 2000 and 2001 outdoor meet. In addition, the Hoosiers finished second, by just 1.5 points at last seasons meet.
As a collegiate thrower, Heisler won three NCAA Division II titles at the University of Indianapolis. He also competed on two World Championship teams and in the 1988 Olympics.
Heisler was selected the Indoor Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2000 and the 2000 and 2001 conference outdoor Coach of the Year. In addition, he was named the 2000 Indoor and Outdoor USTCA Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year and the 2001 outdoor regional coach of the year.
Returning Indoor All-Americans
Seniors Rachelle Boone and Danielle Carruthers both attained All-America status during the 2002 Indoor Season. Boone finished second in the 200m and fifth in the 60m at the NCAA Championships. Carruthers was the runner-up in the 60m hurdles and the sixth-place finisher in the 60m at the NCAAs. During her three-year career Boone has captured a combined six Big Ten titles and eight All-America honors. Carruthers also has six conference titles and is a five-time All-American.