IOWA CITY, Iowa In the final day of the Big Ten Conference Championships, the Indiana womens 4 x 400 meter relay team of Michelle Huber, LaDonna Ray, Stacey Clausing and Charlene Maddox broke the University Recreation Building record with a time of 3:41.80 en route to the teams fifth-place finish on Sunday afternoon at the University of Iowa. The Hoosiers moved up four places from yesterdays standings after standing in at ninth place. IU finished behind Ohio State (88.83 points), Iowa (89 points), Michigan (98-1/3 points) and Penn State (115 points).
IU had top-five performances from the following individuals: Junior Ara Towns who finished second overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.34; Senior Lauren Chesnut, who took home fourth place honors in the triple jump with a leap of 12.66m (39-01.50); Freshman Michelle Huber finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.77; Freshman Courtney Johnson who ran a 8.52 in the 60-meter high hurdles to finish fifth and senior Audrey Giesler who clocked in a 17:25.67* in the 5,000-meter run (*time is for 5,200 meters) .
In the sprint competitions, junior Charlene Maddox placed ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.14. Maddox also posted a 56.36 in the 400-meter dash, placing her seventh overall. Freshman Lorian Price took home eighth place in the 60-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.99.
The Hoosiers had two athletes participating in the high jump finals, with sophomore Jean Schaffer taking eighth-place honors after she cleared 1.73m (05-08.00) and junior Christina Archibald was right behind her with a ninth-place finish, tying her personal best of 1.69m (05-06.50). In other field events, senior Jennifer Cobbina turned in a personal best in the triple jump with a jump of 11.90m (39-0.50), good for a seventh place finish.
In the distance events, junior Mindy Peterson finished eighth overall in the mile with a 4:57.33 finish. In the 800-meter event, junior Ashley Groth clocked in at 2:15.86, good for a sixth-place finish.
Final Team Standings:
1 Penn State 115
2 Michigan 98-1/3
3 Iowa 89
4 Ohio State 88.83 5 Indiana 68 6 Michigan State 65
7 Wisconsin 63-1/3
8 Illinois 50
9 Minnesota 38
10 Purdue 26-1/2