Three Hoosiers Head To Fayetteville
March 12, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will visit the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., for the second time this season. Indiana competed in the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 15-16. This time around, the team will be competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Three Hoosiers will compete in the championships. Freshman Stephanie Chin will compete in the pole vault. Junior Molly Beckwith will compete in the 800m, and junior Wendi Robinson will compete in the 5,000m.
CHIN RENEWS RECORD, HEADS TO NCAAs
Freshman Stephanie Chin will compete in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships, as she qualified in the event this weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
Chin also set a new Indiana record at the meet, besting the IU record she set at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 9th. Chin's mark of 4.14m improved the previous IU best by two centimeters. The mark improved her provisional qualification on the season as well. The mark is the eleventh best in the championships.
BECKWITH SETS RECORD, GETS IN MEET
Junior Molly Beckwith will compete in the 800m run at the NCAA Indoor Championships, as she qualified in the event over the weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
She improved her career best in the 800m run by 4.18 seconds with her fifth-place time of 2:06.67. The mark is the fastest in IU history, surpassing Colette Goudreau's 1988 mark of 2:07.21. Beckwith's time was 2.33 seconds better than the 2:09.00 provisional standard.
Beckwith had also qualified in the distance medley relay.
WENDI IN THE 5k AT THE NCAAs
Junior Wendi Robinson will compete in the 5,000m run at the NCAA Indoor Championships, as she qualified in the event at the Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 25th.
When she qualified, Robinson lapped the competition 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 the ninth best qualifying time in the championships. Robinson had also qualified in the 3,000m, the mile, and the distance medley relay.
ALL-BIG TEN AUDREY
Junior Audrey Smoot recorded her first Big Ten Championship in the 600m run on March 2nd. 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.
MORE RECORDS AT MEYO TRACK
The women's team competed very well at the Alex Wilson Invitational, reeling in five top-five finishes, four top-three finishes and two first-place finishes. The team also recorded three provisional qualifications, two career bests, and two Indiana University indoor records, increasing the total of Indiana records set in the Loftus Center this season to four.
Junior Molly Beckwith improved her career best in the 800m run by 4.18 seconds with her fifth-place time of 2:06.67. The mark is the fastest in IU history, surpassing Colette Goudreau's 1988 mark of 2:07.21. Beckwith's time was just nine-tenths of a second out of first place in the event. Beckwith's mark is also faster than the provisional qualifying standard of 2:09.00. This is Beckwith's second provisional qualification on the season, as she was part of the distance medley relay team that provisionally qualified at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 8th.
Freshman Stephanie Chin also set a new Indiana record, besting the IU record she set at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 9th. Chin's mark of 4.14m improved the previous IU best by two centimeters. Chin's mark improves her provisional qualification on the season as well. The mark was good for first place in the event and was 15 centimeters better than all of her competition.
Chin wasn't the only Hoosier to post a provisional height in the pole vault. Sophomore Vera Neuenswander posted a height of 3.99m, good for second in the event. Neuenswander's best on the season is 4.05m, which she posted at the Big Ten Championships last weekend.
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades led the way for the Hoosiers, winning the high jump event with a mark of 1.73m (5'-8). The mark matches the sophomore's career best, which she recorded on Jan. 13 at the Indiana Open. Rhoades is within five centimeters of the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Sophomore Faith Sherrill finished third in the shot put, recording a heave of 14.79m. Sherrill's toss was just three centimeters shy of the second place mark, and it was only 25 centimeters shy of her career best in the event.
BIG TEN INVADES THE TWIN CITIES
At the Big Ten Indoor Championships, Indiana finished ninth overall, recording 33.5 points. 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.
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 nine centimeters better than the season best she recorded at the Tyson Invite on Feb. 15th, 3.96m.
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.
The 2008 Indiana track and field schedule featured five indoor meets in Gladstein Fieldhouse and a pair of meets at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at the Billy Hayes Track.
The Hoosiers opened the indoor slate with four consecutive meets in Bloomington. The Indiana Open took place Jan. 12, and was followed by the SEC-Big Ten Challenge on Jan. 19. The Gladstein Invitational closed out the month of January on the 25th and 26th.
Indiana opened the month of February with the Indiana Relays on Feb.1-2, before making its first road trip to the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Feb. 8-9, in South Bend, Ind.
The Hoosiers split up on the weekend of Feb. 15-16 as the team hosted the Hoosiers Hills in Gladstein and traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, hosted by the University of Arkansas. The team competed in the Big Ten Championship in Minneapolis on March 1-2.
Following the Alex Wilson Invite last weekend the Hoosiers look to the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, held at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this weekend.
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