Big Ten Championships Next Up for the Hoosiers
Feb. 27, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will split up for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend. The men will travel to Madison, Wis., where they will compete at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center. The women will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., where they will compete at the Minnesota Fieldhouse. The meets will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with events starting at 9 a.m. in Minneapolis and at 10 a.m. in Madison on Saturday.
CHIN IS IN... THE RECORD BOOKS
Freshman Stephanie Chin finished second in the pole vault after tie breakers at the Meyo Invite in South Bend, recording a career best mark of 4.12m (13-6.25). The mark was not only a career best, but it was also well over the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m.
Chin's mark set a new Indiana University record. She bettered the previous IU record, held by her teammate Vera Neuenswander, by one centimeter. Her vault was an improvement of 20 centimeters over her previous best of 3.92m.
VERY GOOD VAULT FOR VERA
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander posted a provisional qualifying height of 3.96m at the Tyson Invite. The mark qualifies Neuenswander for the NCAA Championships, where she competed as a freshman in 2007.
D.M.R. GIRLS GET IT DONE
The distance medley relay team of juniors Molly Beckwith, Audrey Smoot, Wendi Robinson, and Caity Lauer, finished 8.52 seconds faster than the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships and cut nearly four full seconds off of the previous IU record in the event, at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 8.
The previous IU record was set last season by a relay team that included Lauer, Robinson and Beckwith, and the mark was set on March 3, 2007, at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
FOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR WENDI
Robinson's time of 4:46.36 in the mile run was good for sixth place, and she finished just one tenth of a second behind the fifth place finisher. The time was 1.64 seconds faster than the provisional mark of 4:48.00 and was an improvement on the career best that she set in the event at the Indiana Open of 4:53.81. Robinson shed 7.45 seconds off of her career mark.
Wendi's time is the fourth fastest in the event in IU history, bettering a mark of 4:47.77 by Kathy Gobbett that was recorded at the 1990 Big Ten Championships.
At the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, Robinson lapped the field on her way to provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m run, recording a time of 9:28.01. Robinson's career best at that distance before the meet was 10:03.79 which she recorded in the outdoor season at the Indiana Relays on April 8, 2006. The 35.78 second improvement produced a time that was just over a second longer than the fifth fastest time all-time at Indiana in the event. The time was also 23.82 seconds faster than the race's second place finisher.
The next week at the Gladstein Invitational, Robinson lapped the competition in the 5,000m run three times en route to a career best time of 16:16.23. Her time was 1:18.76 faster than the second place finisher and 32.48 seconds better than her previous career best. The mark was good enough for third all-time at Indiana.
Her time in the 5k is much faster than the provisional mark of 16:42.00 and only 8.23 seconds slower than the automatic qualifying mark of 16:08.00. Robinson was the first runner in the nation to post a qualifying mark in the event, and her mark still stands as the second best time recorded thus far in the country.
TOP OF THE HILLS
Junior Audrey Smoot crossed the finish line in first place twice on the day. She finished first in the 600m run, recording a time of 1:32.81.Smoot then anchored the 4X400m relay to victory, teaming with fellow junior Britney Freiberger, senior Kyndal Carr and Hartman. The quartet finished nearly four full seconds ahead of the second place team from Southeast Missouri.
The other first place finish for the Hoosiers came from sophomore Ashley Rhoades, who won the high jump with by clearing a height of 1.70m. Rhoades finished her night by just missing the provisional qualifying height of 1.78m.
Sophomores Arielle McAlpin and Jacqueline Coleman stuck together in the long jump and triple jump events. McAlpin finished second in the triple jump with a career best distance of 11.34m, while Coleman finished third in the event. Coleman finished third in the long jump, recording a career best mark of 5.56m. McAlpin was right with her, finishing fourth with her own career best jump of 5.54m.
Senior Kyndal Carr finished fourth in the 60m dash. Her time of 7.78m was just .01 seconds out of third place and just .04 seconds slower than her career best in the event.
Sophomore Kristen Ness finished 4th in the weight throw, recording heave of 16.12m.
FUN IN FAYETTEVILLE
The Hoosiers competed in the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 15-16. The event took place at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the Arkansas campus.
The women were led by juniors Molly Beckwith and Wendi Robinson, who both recorded third place finishes. Beckwith finished 3rd in the 800m run, recording a time of 2:11.38. She was less than a second behind the event winner, and only .53 seconds slower than her career best, 2:10.85.
Robinson ran the 3,000m run for the second time on the season. Robinson finished third with a time of 9:34.99, just under a second slower than the provisional mark of 9:34.00.
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander recorded a season best in the pole vault when she cleared 3.96m, which is one centimeter higher than the provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m. Neuenswander finished in a tie for fifth in the event. Sophomore Stephanie Chin also cleared 3.96m, but she finished in ninth place after tiebreakers.
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