Five Hoosiers to Compete at NCAA Indoor Championships
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Five Indiana University track and field athletes will compete at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark., as released by the NCAA Tuesday. The womens team will be represented by a trio of seniors in Rachelle Boone, Danielle Carruthers and Rose Richmond, while sophomores Aarik Wilson and John Jefferson will compete for the Hoosier mens team.
The five athletes will compete in a total of eight events. Boone will run in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. In the 60, she owns the nations second-best time 7.21 this season. Her mark of 7.21 is barely behind LSUs Muna Lee, who has a 7.20. In the 200, Boone has the nations fourth-fastest time of 23.41. She placed second in the 200 meters at the Meet in 2002.
Carruthers will compete in the 60 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles. She has the countrys third-best time in the 60 meter hurdles, an 8.07 she ran in the Big Ten finals on March 2. The Paducah, Ky., product is ranked eighth in the 60 dash entering the weekend with a time of 7.32. Carruthers was the runner-up in the hurdles at last seasons NCAA Indoor Championships.
Richmond will be competing in her first Indoor Championship, but already has three trips to the Outdoor Championships to her credit. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has the second-best long jump nationally this season, a mark of 6.48m/21-3.75 that she set en route to a Big Ten title two weeks ago in Bloomington.
For the mens team, Wilson will participate in both the long and triple jumps. As a freshman in 2002, Wilson finished fourth in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He is ranked fourth with a mark of 16.56m/54.4.00 entering the weekend. In the long jump, Wilson owns the No. 13 mark of 7.70m/25-3.25. The Fallon, Nev., product won both events at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this season.
Jefferson will also be competing in his second straight Indoor Championship after earning All-America honors in the Mile in 2002. His time of 4:03.03 in the Mile ranks No. 14 nationally this season. Jefferson captured the Big Ten title in the event two weeks ago in Champaign, Ill.