Vote for IU's Kharun for the NCAA's 25th Anniversary Outdoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Student-Athlete
March 22, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 25th anniversary of NCAA women's championships will be celebrated throughout the 2005-06 championship season. In an effort to commemorate the many milestones in women's outdoor track and field, the NCAA will honor two "Most Outstanding Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athletes." Among the impressive list of nominees is former Indiana standout and NCAA record-holder Irina Kharun. Hoosier fans can vote for Kharun by visiting http://www.ncaasports.com/track-and-field/fanpolls .
NCAA Division I, II and III Women's Outdoor Track & Field held their first championships in 1982 and will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary at the 2006 championships. To qualify as a candidate, each student athlete listed has won a minimum of three NCAA championships in Outdoor Track & Field and/or currently holds a NCAA championship record. Voting will remain open until April 1.
"Irina was a great talent and a natural athlete," Indiana director of track and field Randy Heisler said. "Her improvements while at Indiana are a testament to her work ethic. She came to IU throwing 150 feet and left throwing 202 with a colligate record and a national championship. Irina dominated her competition her senior year. She was a pleasure to work with. She was a very focused athlete who was a great addition to our team. Collectively, we had a really strong team that year and Irina was a leader among that group."
A two-time All-American, Kharun earned an NCAA title in the javelin throw in 2003 with a collegiate-record hurl of 61.82m (202-10) at the championships. Moreover, Kharun finished among the top 10 at the NCAA meet in three-consecutive years. Kharun's found success at the conference meet as well. The Kharkiv, Ukraine product earned Big Ten titles in 2001 and 2003 and led the Hoosiers to a runner-up finish during her senior campaign. Kharun also played tennis for Indiana in 2001.
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