IU Finishes Day One of the NCAA Championships Tied for Second Place; Carruthers and Richmond Place Second
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NCAA RESULTS FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Indiana womens track and field team finished day one of the 2003 NCAA Championship tied for second place with Stanford tallying 22 points. The LSU women have a slight lead over the Hoosiers with 23 points. The senior trio of Danielle Carruthers, Rose Richmond and Rachelle Boone represented the Hoosiers in four events (60m dash, 60m Hurdles, 200m dash and the Long Jump). Carruthers and Richmond finished second in the 60m Hurdles and Long Jump, respectively, as Boone placed third in the 200m competition while advancing to the finals in the 60-meter event. For the men, sophomore Aarik Wilson finished sixth in the Long Jump with a personal-best mark of 7.88m (25-10.25) while sophomore John Jefferson qualified for the Mile finals.
Today was a great for track and field for Indiana University, mens head coach Marshall Goss said. Of course we always like to have more athletes here to score team points for us but the ones that we had here performed extremely well. Aarik Wilson in the Long Jump was fantastic. What coach (Wayne) Pate has done with him this year is phenomenal and his competitiveness is fantastic. We are looking forward to seeing him compete in tomorrows Triple Jump competition. John Jefferson ran a tremendously smart race. He ran a solid race and came out of it really well. Mentally he is ready to run another great race.
In one of the closest finishes in todays Championships, Danielle Carruthers placed second in the 60m Hurdles for the second year running. Carruthers finished with a time of 8.01, a season-best for the senior. This years NCAA Champion is Lola Jones of LSU who crossed the line at 8.00.
Competing in her first NCAA Championships, senior Rose Richmond from St. Petersburg, Fla., took second overall in the Long Jump Event with a leap of 6.45m (21-02.00). Richmond who came into todays event with the second-best jump in the nation with a mark of 6.48m (21-3.75) that she set at the Big Ten Championships en route to becoming the Big Ten Champion finished behind Elva Goulbourne of Auburn who made a jump of 6.81m (22-04.25) on her first and only jump of the event. Goulbournes leap is tagged as the worlds best mark this year thus far.
Entering todays competition owning the second-fastest time in the 60m-dash, Norfolk, Va., native Rachelle Boone ran a time of 7.25 in the prelims advancing her to tomorrows finals at 7:05 p.m. Senior teammate Danielle Carruthers placed third in her heat with a time of 7.34, which was not enough to move ahead to the finals.
200m Big Ten Champion, Boone, who placed second in last years NCAA Championships with a personal-best of 22.99, finished third overall tying her personal-best time achieved in last years finals. LSUs Muna Lee was crowned this years NCAA 200m Champion with a time of 22.61. She became the new world leader with her preliminary time of 22.49. This mark also breaks the NCAA Meet time of 22.82 (which Lee set in last years Championship), the collegiate time of 22.79 and lastly the Randal Tyson Track Center time of 22.63. The only time that Lee did not beat is the American record that was set by Gwen Torrence on March 2, 1996.
Hailing from Fallen, Nev., sophomore Aarik Wilson entered todays Long Jump competition ranked 13th in the nation with a mark of 7.70m (25-3.25). Wilson, who won the Big Ten Championships at Illinois, advanced to the finals where he placed sixth, improving his personal-best by seven inches with a jump of 7.88m (25-10.25). This mark also moves Wilson into third in Indiana Indoor Long Jump history surpassing Kerry Zimmerman who jumped 7.83 against Cincinnati, BSU and ISU on Jan. 14, 1983.
Sophomore John Jefferson, who is competing in his second straight Indoor NCAA Championships, finished with a time of 4:06.68 in the Mile preliminary run, good enough to place him in Saturdays finals at 6:15 p.m.
Competing for the Hoosiers in Saturdays portion of the NCAA Championships is Aarik Wilson in the Triple Jump (5:45 p.m.), John Jefferson in the finals of the Mile (6:05 p.m.) and Rachelle Boone in the final of the 60-meter dash (7:05 p.m.).