Hoosiers Take One Last Shot at Nationals
March 5, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
This week the Hoosiers head back to the Meyo Track in the Loftus Center on Notre Dame's campus to compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational. The team also competed in South Bend for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 8-9. This meet is a last chance qualifier for the NCAA Championships. The meet will consist of 37 events in total, and competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 10:30 a.m. 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 4.05m at the Big Ten Championships. 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
Junior Wendi Robinson has provisionally qualified in four events this indoor season. She teamed up with Molly Beckwith, Audrey Smoot, and Caity Lauer to post a provisional time in the distance medley relay.
Her time of 4:46.36 in the mile run 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.
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 all-time at Indiana in the event.
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. Robinson was the first runner in the nation to post a qualifying mark in the event, and her mark is still one of the fastest in the nation.
ALL-BIG TEN AUDREY
Junior Audrey Smoot recorded her first Big Ten Championship in the 600m run on Sunday. Her time of 1:31.59 is a career best and the second-fastest time in IU history.
Smoot surpassed fellow junior Molly Beckwith in the IU record books. Smoot's previous career best, which had stood as the fourth-fastest in IU history, was improved by .64 seconds.
BIG TEN INVADES THE TWIN CITIES
At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Indiana finished ninth overall, recording 33.5 points. The team finished just 1.5 points behind the eighth-place team. The Hoosiers recorded eight top-ten finishes, five top-five finishes, and one first-place finish, which was recorded by junior Audrey Smoot.
Smoot's first Big Ten Championship came in the 600m. Her time of 1:31.59 is a career best and the second-fastest time in IU history. Smoot's previous career best, which had stood as the fourth-fastest in IU history, was improved by .64 seconds.
Beckwith finished fifth in the event, recording a time of 1:32.16. The juniors scored 14 team points for Indiana in the race.
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander improved her best mark of the season in the pole vault with her fourth-place vault. The mark of 4.05m was good for a tie for second place, but Neuenswander finished fourth after tie-breakers. The mark is ten centimeters better than the provisional qualifying mark of 3.95m, and it is nine centimeters better than the season best she recorded at the Tyson Invite on Feb. 15th, 3.96m.
Neuenswander wasn't the only Hoosier to score points for the team in the pole vault. Freshman Stephanie Chin's clearance of 3.84m was good for seventh-place.
Sophomore Faith Sherrill was just six centimeters shy of her career best with her fourth-place heave of 14.99m in the shot put. She finished only four inches short of third-place.
Junior Wendi Robinson finished fifth in the 5000m, recording a provisional qualifying time of 16:29.07. Robinson finished nearly ten full seconds ahead the sixth place runner.
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades scored a team point for the Hoosiers in the high jump with her eighth-place finish. Rhoades cleared a height of 1.66m, which is just seven centimeters short of her career best. Rhoades also finished just four centimeters short of the fourth-place height.
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