IOWA CITY, Iowa Through the first day and six of the 18 event finals, the Indiana women’s track and field stands in ninth place at the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State leads the pack with 37 points and Wisconsin stands in second place, trailing by just two points after the first day of competition.
Indiana compiled 12 points Saturday and with 11 competitors in Sunday’s finals, it has the opportunity to add a significant amount to that number.
“We tied Penn State for sending the most athletes through to the finals,” IU head coach Randy Heisler said. “In all of the finals, we have the chance to score second-most points tomorrow. We had a lot of sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes today, and didn’t score a lot of points, but I thought we competed really well in a lot of areas. We had a lot of personal records.”
Senior Audrey Giesler turned in a sixth-place finish in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:43.28 which scored three points for IU. Sophomore Jessica Gall placed ninth with a time of 9:52.13.
Sophomore Andrea Dalla Rosa placed seventh in the shot put by throwing 14.79m/48-6.25, and contributed two points toward Indiana’s team score.
Indiana had two athletes combine to score five points in the long jump. Senior Jennifer Cobbina tied her previous season best of 5.79m/19-0 to take fifth place. Freshman Lorian Price placed eighth with a leap of 5.74/18-10.00.
Junior Ellison Tipton reached a new career-best to finish eighth in the pole vault. Tipton cleared 3.65m/11-11.75, bettering her previous best mark of 3.60m/11-5.75. In addition to Tipton, junior Abby Paul and sophomore Ashley Stinton tied for 14th in the event, clearing 3.50m/11-5.75. The heighth was the best of Stinton’s career.
Junior Mindy Peterson qualified for Sunday’s final in the mile. Peterson crossed the finish line in 4:54.43, the fourth-fastest qualifying time of the day and the fastest time of any Hoosier this season.
Indiana was the only school two qualify two athletes for tomorrow’s 60 meter dash finals. Junior Ara Towns ran a time of 7.45, the second-fastest of the trials, to move on to the final. Fellow junior Karla Marshall clocked a time of 7.58 to advance as well.
Three Hoosier sprinters advanced in the 400 meter dash. Freshman Michelle Huber turned in the best performance of the trials, finishing with a season-best time of 55.62. Junior Charlene Maddox won her heat in 56.36, and freshman Stacey Clausing finished in 56.31 to qualify for the finals.
Both Towns and Maddox qualified for the 200 meter finals as well. Towns clocked a 24.67 and Maddox finished in 24.78.
In the 60 meter hurdles, a pair of freshmen in Price and Courntey Johnson are set to race in the finals. Johnson, who came into the meet as the No. 2 seed, crossed the finish line in 8.55 Saturday. Price moved on with a season-best time of 8.83.
Ashley Groth will race in the 800-meter finals after she clocked a time of 2:13.21 to advance.
In addition to all short race finals, the high jump, triple jump, weight throw, 5,000 meter run and 4x400 relay will be contested on Sunday. Competition begins at 10 a.m. (CT) with the weight throw. The last scheduled event is the 4x400m, which is set for 3:30 p.m. (CT)