Hoosiers Hot on Michigan's Trail After First Day of Big Ten Championships
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana womens track and field team sits in second place, just one-half point behind Michigan, the first day of the 2003 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in Bloomington at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Senior Rose Richmond set a Big Ten meet record on her way to the long jump title and senior sprinter Rachelle Boone set a Big Ten record in the semifinals of the 60 meter dash, finishing in 7.21, the second-fastest time by a collegian this year.
Richmond claimed the top spot in the long jump with a leap of 4.68m/21-3.75. The distance marked a personal-best, set a new Gladstein Fieldhouse record and replaced the Indiana record held by Olympic heptathlete Dee Dee Nathan. Richmond led a corps of Hoosier athletes that scored a total of 21 points in the long jump. Senior Tandra Foster turned in fourth-place finish (5.91m/19-4.75) to score five points. Junior Jennifer Cobbina took fifth (5.81m/19-0.75) and freshman Michelle Smith rounded out the Hoosier scoring effort , placing seventh-place by jumping a personal-best 5.57m/18-3.25.
Freshman Andrea Dalla Rosa collected a fourth-place finish in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 15.62m/51-3.00. Freshman Jessica Gall placed seventh in the 3000m with a time of 9:56.56 to pick up two points for IU.
Sophomore Emily Tharpe finished in a three-way time for first and ended up third in the pole vault. Tharpe cleared a season-best 3.91m/12-10 and exceeded the NCAA Provisional mark (3.90m).
Boone was ready to run in front of the home crowd in her final conference indoor meet. After posting a time of 7.34 in the preliminary, she blazed to a 7.21 mark in the semifinals. The Norfolk, Va., native attained a new personal-best with mark and broke her own Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Fellow senior Danielle Carruthers was impressive as well, posting the third and fourth fastest times of the day, including a 7.32 in the semifinals. Boone and Carruthers, along with sophomore Ara Towns, will compete in Sundays 60m and 200m finals. Boone also had the fastest-qualifying time in the 200m (23.68) while Carruthers posted the third-best (24.32).
In the 60 meter hurdles, Carruthers tied her season-best time of 8.12 to win her heat and advance to the finals. Carruthers time was the second-fastest of the prelims, just behind Illinois Perdita Felicien at 8.05. The two are among the nations best hurdlers and will run next to each other in Sundays final.
Junior Audrey Geisler advanced to the finals in the Mile, finishing with a time of 4:57.17 in the prelims. Two Hoosiers moved on to Sundays 800m final. Sophomore Mindy Peterson ran the second-best time of the prelims and a season-best of 2:11.50. Sophomore Larra Overtons personal-best of 2:12.87 was also the sixth-fastest of Saturdays preliminary. Chioma Ndubisi and Jessica Comfort will compete in the 400m finals. Ndubisis time of 56.87 was the fourth-best today while Comfort ranked sixth and ran a career-best (57.67).
Michigan leads the team scoring with 36.5 points and Indiana is next with 36. Wisconsin is in third with 33 points and Purdue occupies fourth with 32. U of M won the 2002 team title, edging the Hoosiers 116 to 114.5.
In addition to tomorrows finals in the running events, the weight throw, triple jump and high jump remain. Action begins with the weight throw at 10 a.m. The triple jump begins at 12:45 and running events kick off at 1:50 with the Mile finals.