March 10, 2005
SIX INDIVIDUALS TO REPRESENT IU AT NCAA'S
A total of six Indiana track and field athletes will compete at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend, March 11-12, at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
The women's team will be represented by Jessica Gall (5,000m) while John and Sean Jefferson (mile), David Neville (200m), Aarik Wilson (triple jump & long jump) and Stephen Haas (3,000m & 5,000m) will compete for the Hoosier men's team.
Last season, Sean Jefferson provided all of the excitement at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships when he claimed the title in the mile with a time of 4:00.16. He became the first IU male athlete to win an NCAA crown since 1993 when Glenn Terry won the 55m high hurdles.
Also turning in All-American performances was David Neville in the 200m and Ara Towns in the 60m. As a team, the Indiana men finished tied for 19th place with 12 points.
IU MEN THE NCAA's
The IU men are hungry for its first indoor national title ever. While the Hoosiers have never claimed the crown during the indoor season, they have come close on several occasions.
They have posted seven top 10 finishes with its highest performance, a third-place finish with 16 points, coming at the 1987 championships.
IU WOMEN THE NCAA's
While Ara Towns was the lone female Hoosier to represent IU at the 2004 Indoor Nationals, she still kept the rich tradition alive when she took home All-American honors after placing 12th in the 60m.
THE GREAT GALL
Junior Jessica Gall earned her first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the indoor season with a personal-best run of 16:03.47 in the 5000m at the Husky Classic, held on the campus of the University of Washington on Feb. 12. The time surpassed the NCAA automatic standard of 16:10.00.
Gall placed fourth in the event, but her time was nearly a minute and a half better then her previous personal-best. At the Indiana Invitational last year, she posted a time of 17:28.38. Her new time ranks second in school history behind only two-time All-American Michelle Dekkers, who holds the record with a 15:57.1 at the TAC Championships in 1989
MEN IN AT NO. 3
The Indiana men's track and field program remained at No. 3 in the country according to the latest Trackwire 25 power rankings, released on Tuesday, March. 1. The Hoosiers tallied 37 points in the power ranking and trail only defending national champion Arkansas, who tops the rankings with 53 points and Florida who has 47 points. The men's team has been ranked since the start of the indoor season, earning No. 4 in the initial 2005 power rankings, released on Jan. 10. The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
MEN AT NO. 3 BY TRACKSHARK
The men are also ranked No. 3 (37) behind Arkansas (53) and Florida (47) in the Trackshark power rankings. Those rankings are based on the projected scores at conference meets and the NCAA meet. Schools with fewer than five meets on their indoor schedule are not included in these rankings.