March 22, 2005
OUTDOOR SEASON IS HERE
Indiana starts its outdoor track and field season this weekend when the Hoosiers fan out to the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Both are all-day events.
WHO'S GOING WHERE?
Both the Hoosier men's distance and women's distance runners will compete at the Stanford Invitational, with the men's and women's throwers, jumpers, sprinters and vaulters competing at the Florida Relays.
NATIONAL CHAMPION IS ONE TO WATCH
Senior Aarik Wilson put an exclamation point on the 2005 Indoor season by winning NCAA titles in both the triple 16.92m (55-06.25) and long 8.17m (26-09.75) jump. Coming into the meet Wilson was already the school record holder in the triple , but added another record to his name when he competed in the long jump. In addition, Wilson's pair of victories marked the first time an IU athlete won two NCAA titles in the same meet.
HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST YEAR'S FLORIDA RELAYS
At last years Florida Relays, three Hoosiers took home first-place honors as David Neville finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.83, Aarik Wilson successfully defended his title in the triple jump with a leap of 16.42m (53-10.50,) and Ryan Ketchum captured the shot put title with a heave of 18.36m (60-03.00). Ketchum also placed second in the discus and Wilson placed fourth in the long jump.
HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST YEAR'S STANFORD INVITATIONAL
Kelly Siefker shaved nearly 13 seconds off her then-personal best in the 3000m steeplechase to take a fourth-place finish. She finished with a time of 10:28.86. Siefker's teammate, Audrey Giesler was not too far behind in the race, as she finished eighth with a time of 10:36.18. Both times met the NCAA regional qualifying standards.
On the men's side Sean Jefferson, took third-place in the 1,500m with a personal best time of 3:42.81. This time qualified Jefferson in the regional qualifying standards as well as the Olympic Trials. Jefferson was the top colliegate runner in this event.
NCAA MIDEAST REGIONALS COME TO BLOOMINGTON
Indiana University's E.C. "Billy" Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Track and Field Championships on May 27-28.
The NCAA Mideast Regionals, which have only been in effect for two years, come to Bloomington after being held at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004 and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes can qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that are above the standard, but can also qualify by winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
"This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."