Day One of Big Tens
February 26, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In the opening day of the 2005 Women's Indoor Track and Field Big Ten Championships, nine IU athletes advanced to the finals in their respective events. After a full day of competition, the Hoosiers stand in 10th place with six points. Michigan (40.50 points), Minnesota (37 points) and Michigan State (34 points) take up the top-three spots in the field.
"We had a pretty positive day," said associate head coach/sprints coach Ed Beathea. "We got nine people through, and we'll look to them to score some points for us tomorrow."
Sophomore Stacey Clausing led the way for the Hoosiers in the sprints, as she made the finals in both the 400m and 200m. She captured second place in the 400m trials with a time of 55.79 and squeezed into ninth place in the 200m with a time of 24.50. Her teammate, sophomore Michele Huber, also will compete in tomorrow's final of the 400m after finishing eighth overall in the event with a time of 56.88.
"Stacey is having the Big Ten experience that we thought she would have," said Beathea. "She got off to a good start today and hopefully she can continue to be strong and determined in order to help us finish strong tomorrow."
In the 60m hurdles, sophomores Lorian Price and Courtney Johnson ran well as Price took home second with personal best time of 8.45 and Johnnson was right on her heels, clocking in a 8.50, good for fourth-place. Price also put forth a strong effort in the long jump, placing third overall with a leap of 5.94m/19-06.00.
Senior LaDonna Ray made the cut in the 600m, as she placed seventh overall with a personal best time of 1:33.34. Freshman Lauren Keefe also posted a personal best in the same event with a time of 1:37.57.
The distance runners turned in strong campaigns as well with three athletes qualifying for tomorrow's finals in their events. Junior Kelly Siefker finished second in the mile with a time of 4:51.17, which marked a personal best for her. In the 800m trials, junior Larra Overton and freshman Nikki Peterson placed second and fifth, respectively. Overton, who has continually gotten better in each of her outings this season, posted yet another personal best time of 2:09.91, while Peterson finished in at 2:13.43.
"We got people through to the finals that I thought we would," said women's distance coach Judy Wilson. "Kelly and Larra had great days for us, but I know they can come out and do even better tomorrow. Larra definitely has the potential to be a strong top-three finisher in the 800m and I know Kelly can run faster in the mile."
In addition, the distance medley relay team consisting of Overton, Peterson, Siefker and junior Jessica Gall, finished in ninth place with a time of 12:31.48.
"Even though there are teams ahead of us, we have a long way to go. With nine people going to the finals, plus a chance to win the 5,000m, we could finish in fourth or fifth place."
After a long and grueling day in the pentathlon, freshmen Shelbie Rose and Beth Gibbs came in 22nd and 23rd place, respectively. Gibbs, who racked up 2566 points posted a personal best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.54m/5-00.50, while Rose finished the afternoon with a total of 2584 points.
The Big Ten Championships continue tomorrow with the first event, the women's weight throw, set to begin at 10 a.m.
Beth Gibbs-23rd-2566 points
Pentathlon 60m Hurdles
Pentathlon High Jump
Pentathlon Shot Put
Pentathlon Long Jump
Long Jump (Finals)
60m Hurdles (trials)
Distance Medley Relay
Check back soon