Hoosiers Head to 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational
March 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's track and field team is set to open the outdoor season this weekend when it travels to the 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday, March 30-Saturday, March 31.
Many top colleges and universities join the Hoosiers this weekend in Palo Alto, including teams from the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC. Six teams, including Indiana, will represent the Big Ten as Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State will all be in competition.
The first women's event, which is the 5,000-meter run, is slated for 11:45 p.m. ET. Friday's field events open with the B section of the long jump at 1 p.m. Saturday's field events begin with the pole vault at 3 p.m., while running events start at 3:05 p.m.
The Hoosiers are traveling with a squad that has seen success in recent months and looks to carry the momentum over from the indoor portion of the year.
Vera Neuenswander, the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year and one of the top freshmen pole vaulters in the country, will look to carry on her success in the event after breaking the Big Ten Indoor Championship record on Feb. 24, with a clearance of 4.11 meters. She followed that outstanding performance by placing 12th at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10, with a vault of 4.00 meters.
Senior Courtney Johnson ended the indoor season on a high note after registering a personal-best time of 8.39 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational on March 3. Johnson is set to compete in the 100-meter hurdles, along with classmate Lorian Price, who is also set to compete in the long jump.
"Courtney and Lorian performed well at the Alex Wilson meet during indoor and that will help them in this first meet," IU interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "Vera is in a good position to go out and hit a regional standard in the pole vault and carry that momentum over from indoor."
For a complete meet recap and results of the Hoosiers' first meet of the outdoor season, visit IUHOOSIERS.com.
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