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    Boone Wins Regional Award (3-12-03)

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    March 12, 2003

    Boone Earns Regional Award

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana senior Rachelle Boone has been named the 2003 Mondo Great Lakes Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. Boone, who last week was also named the Big Ten Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Championship and Athlete of the Year, will be among the 19 athletes recognized at a banquet March 13 in Fayetteville, Ark. The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 14-15 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

    “This is a great honor for Rachelle and for our program,” IU coach Randy Heisler said. “It speaks well of what she has accomplished this season. The closest anyone has come to her in a meet has been her teammate (Danielle Carruthers).”

    Boone, a native of Norfolk, Va., entered this season having already earned All-America honors each of her first three years, including two national runner-up finishes in the indoor 200. Nonetheless, Heisler sees a subtle difference in his veteran sprinter.

    “She has taken a senior-like approach,” Heisler said. “She was always in a late blooming situation before - she didn’t perform her best until nationals. This year she has improved every meet, almost like she senses this is it.”

    Boone was named Big Ten Athlete of the Championship after winning both the 60 meter dash (7.26) and the 200 meter dash (23.61). In the 60 meter semifinals, Boone ran a time of 7.21, which is the second-fastest time by a collegian this season, set a new personal-best for the senior and broke her own Gladstein Fieldhouse record. She is the first Big Ten Athlete of the Championship from Indiana since 1991, when Amy Legacki won the title.

    Boone will run in both the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash at NCAAs.. In the 60, she owns the nation’s second-best time 7.21 this season. Her mark of 7.21 is barely behind LSU’s Muna Lee, who has a 7.20. In the 200, Boone has the nation’s fourth-fastest time of 23.41. She placed second in the 200 meters at the Meet in 2002.

    Boone is one of five Indiana men’s and women’s athletes scheduled to compete in Fayetteville. Carruthers will compete in the 60 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles. She has the country’s 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 season’s NCAA Indoor Championships.

    Rose 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 men’s team, Aarik 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.

    John 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.



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