Women's Track

    Hoosiers Head South for 2008 Outdoor Debut

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Courtney Johnson returns to the Hoosier lineup for the outdoor season as the Hoosiers will compete at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 27-30.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Courtney Johnson returns to the Hoosier lineup for the outdoor season as the Hoosiers will compete at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on March 27-30.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 26, 2008

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    SETTING THE SCENE

    The Hoosiers will visit the Sam Bailey Track and Field Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Alabama Relays Thursday through Sunday, March 27-30. The meet is the first in the outdoor season for Indiana. The meet will consist of 71 events in total, including the decathlon and heptathlon. Competition is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    RECAPPING THE INDOOR SEASON

    The Hoosiers wrapped up the indoor season on March 14-15 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Three Indiana athletes competed at the national meet. They were juniors Molly Beckwith and Wendi Robinson and freshman Stephanie Chin. The meet was the first trip to the NCAA Championships for all three.

    Robinson competed in the 5,000m run, 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. The mark was good enough for third all-time at Indiana. Robinson finished in 16:39.86, which was good for 14th place at the NCAA Championships. Her time was 1.6 seconds faster than the 15th place finisher and more than 14 seconds faster than the 16th place finisher. Robinson also provisionally qualified in the 3,000m, the mile and the distance medley relay.

    Beckwith competed in the 800m run, as she qualified in the event at the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 7-8, where 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 finished 15th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 2:12.29. Beckwith also provisionally qualified in the distance medley relay.

    Chin competed in the pole vault, as she also qualified in the event 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. Chin did not clear the opening height at the NCAA Championships.

    Four other Hoosiers provisionally qualified for the championships. Senior Kyle Jenkins provisionally qualified in the triple jump with his mark of 15.66m. He finished just short of getting into the championships. Juniors Caity Lauer and Audrey Smoot teamed with Robinson and Beckwith to provisionally qualify in the distance medley relay. They recorded a provisional mark of 11:21.18.

    Sophomore Vera Neuenswander provisionally qualified in the pole vault with a height of 4.05m. Neuenswander was awarded the Big Ten Sportsmanship award after her performance at the Big Ten Championships on March 1-2.

    FRESH FACE AT NCAAs

    Freshman Stephanie Chin competed in the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships, as she qualified in the event at the Alex Wilson Invitational on March 7-8.

    Chin also set a new Indiana record at the invitational, 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 was also good enough to get her a spot in the NCAA Championships.

    BECKWITH SETS RECORD, GETS IN MEET

    Junior Molly Beckwith competed in the 800m run at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14-15, as she qualified in the event at the Alex Wilson Invitational.

    At the 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.

    WENDI IN THE 5k AT THE NCAAs

    Junior Wendi Robinson competed 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 was 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 on March 7-8, 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 on March 1-2, 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.

    Juniors Molly Beckwith and Wendi Robinson recorded fifth-place finishes, Beckwith in the 600m and Robinson in the 5,000m.

    THE SCHEDULE

    Indiana opens the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on March 27-30, before splitting up to compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, on April 4-5.

    The Hoosiers will split up again the very next weekend as IU will compete in both the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., on April 11-12.

    The Hoosiers host their first outdoor meet of the season with the Indiana Relays on April 19. Indiana will then head back out to compete in the 99th running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 24-26.

    Indiana begins the month of May at the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio on May 3, prior to hosting the annual Billy Hayes Invitational on May 9. The Big Ten Championships will be held on May 16-17 in Champaign, Ill., and the NCAA Mideast Regional will take place on May 30-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.

    The 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Drake Stadium, the same location for the Drake Relays, on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.


     

     

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