IU Places Ninth
February 27, 2005
Ann Arbor, Mich.--Highlighted by a second-place performance in the 60m hurdles from sophomore Lorian Price, the Indiana women's track and field team came in seventh place overall in the final day of the 2005 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Hoosiers tallied 52 points, while Michigan (1st-place-130 points), Illinois (2nd-place 117.50 points) and Minnesota (3rd-place-79 points) took up the top three spots. Price posted a personal best and provisional qualifying time of 8.33 in her event. This mark also ranks as the third-best in the IU record books.
Sophomore Courtney Johnson was not too far behind her teammate as she finished third in the 60m hurdles with another personal best time of 8.44, which just barely missed the qualifying standard of 8.43. Johnson moved into fourth-place on the all-time best list.
Junior Larra Overton was another third-place finisher for the Hoosiers as she turned in a time of 2:10.16 in the 800m finals.
Of the nine IU athletes that were sent to today's final, seven of them finished no lower than sixth place in their respective events.
In the 400m finals, sophomores Stacey Clausing (56.49) and Michele Huber (56.84) captured fourth and fifth-place respectively. Clausing had an exhausting day as she also competed in the 200m finals and came away with a ninth-place finish with a time of 24.88.
Junior Kelly Siefker put forth a good effort in the mile, as she clocked in a personal best time of 4:51.37, which put her in fifth-place overall. Also capturing a fifth-place finish was junior Jessica Gall in the 5,000m. She posted a time of 16:46.34 in a field of strong competitors, while her teammate, senior Lindsay Hattendorf finished eighth overall with a time of 17:03.94.
The women's high jump was the only field event that featured IU athletes in the final day of competition. Sophomore Sarah Gilleran was IU's top finisher in the high jump, as she finished ninth overall with a personal best mark of 1.68m/5-06.00, which was three inches better than her previous personal best.
Finally, in the last event of the day, the reigning Big Ten Champion 4x400m relay team of Huber, Clausing, Ray and Maddox came in fourth, clocking in a time of 3:48.54, its fourth-fastest time of the season.
Indiana athletes that have not qualified for the NCAA Championships yet this season, will have one more shot to make the cut as selected athletes will compete at the Last Chance Meet on Saturday, March 5. The meet will be held in South Bend on the campus of Notre Dame.
High Jump (Finals)
Jean Schaffer-20th- 1.60m/5-03.00
60m Hurdles (Finals)
Indiana A (Huber, Clausing, Maddox, Ray)-4th-3:48.54
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