Hoosiers Split Up, Head South and West
April 2, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana sends six athletes to compete at two different meets this week. The first meet is the Texas Relays at the Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas. The meet opens on Wednesday and will last through Saturday. Three Hoosiers will compete at the meet. They are seniors Abbie Stechschulte, Courtney Johnson, and Kyle Jenkins.
Three other Hoosiers will compete at the Stanford Invite on Friday and Saturday. The meet will take place at Cobb Track and Angel Field in Palo Alto, Calif. The three Hoosiers competing are freshmen Cole Hardacre and Ben Hubers and senior Brennon Plotner.
ANOTHER RECORD FOR CHIN
The mark surpasses the qualifying standard of 3.85m and is one centimeter better than the IU indoor record she set on March 7 of 4.14m. Chin finished in second place after tie-breakers broke the tie she held for first place.
Chin and Neuenswander are the only women in IU history to record a height of over 4.00m, in the indoor or outdoor season. Both have now bested four meters in both seasons.
JOHNSON HURDLES REGIONAL STANDARD
Senior Courtney Johnson finished second in the 100m hurdles, recording a regional qualifying time of 13.66 seconds. Johnson's time is .26 seconds faster than the qualifying standard of 13.92 seconds. Johnson's career best in the event is 13.38 seconds.
VERA TO THE REGIONAL
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander finished in third in the pole vault at the Alabama Relays, recording a regional qualifying mark of 3.85m. Her mark matched the qualifying standard.
Neuenswander's outdoor career best is 4.12m, which she recorded May 4, 2007.
ALL HOOSIERS IN ALABAMA
Freshman Stephanie Chin recorded an IU record with her clearance of 4.15m, surpassing Neuenswander's 2007 mark of 4.12m. The mark surpasses the qualifying standard of 3.85m and is one centimeter better than the IU indoor record she set on March 7 of 4.14m. Chin finished in second place after tie-breakers broke the tie she held for first place.
Neuenswander finished in third, recording her own regional qualifying mark of 3.85m. Chin and Neuenswander are the only women in IU history to record a height of over 4.00m, in the indoor or outdoor season. Both have now bested four meters in both seasons.
Senior Courtney Johnson finished second in the 100m hurdles, recording a regional qualifying time of 13.66m. Johnson's time is .26 seconds faster than the qualifying standard of 13.92 seconds. Johnson's career best in the event is 13.38 seconds. Junior Britney Freiberger followed Johnson in and recorded a career best time of 15.06 seconds.
In the 4x800m relay, juniors Audrey Smoot, Molly Beckwith and Caity Lauer teamed with senior Lauren Keefe for a first place finish. The four Hoosiers finished in 8:57.51, more than 15 seconds faster than the second place team from UAB. A second team in the event, including junior Courtney Freiberger, freshmen Lindsey Hartman and Ashley Baker, and senior Maura Ratcliff, finished fifth with a time of 9:20.54.
Two Hoosiers recorded career bests and top-five finishes in the 5,000m run. Junior Kristina Trcka finished in 18:16.38, which was good for first place. Following Trcka in was senior Maura Ratcliff, who shed just under 1:23 off of her previous best in the event. Ratcliff's time of 18:32.37 was good for fourth place and was more than 11 seconds faster than the fifth-place finisher.
In the 1500m run, junior Caity Lauer cut eight seconds off of her previous career best with her second-place time, 4:33.95. Lauer's previous best was 4:42.00. Lauer is within 6.5 seconds of the regional qualifying standard of 4:27.9. Lauer was followed in by senior Lauren Keefe, who came in tenth place.
In the hammer throw, sophomore Faith Sherrill finished in third, recording a heave of 49.80m. Her toss was 65 centimeters better than the fourth-place finisher. Sherrill improved her career best in the event by 1.73m with the mark.
In the high jump, sophomore Ashley Rhoades was just two centimeters shy of her career best, recording a clearance of 1.65m. Her jump was good for fourth place. Freshman Laura Morris was just behind Rhoades with a clearance of 1.60m, which was good for a tie for fifth place.
In the long jump, sophomore Jacqueline Coleman finished just 23 centimeters shy of the regional qualifying mark. Her leap of 5.74m was good for a fourth-place finish.
Sophomore Kayla Smith finished fifth in the 400m hurdles. Her time of 1:02.61was a career best, cutting .57 seconds off of her previous best. She moves to within 1.79 seconds of the regional qualifying standard, 1:00.82.
Senior Kyndal Carr finished tenth in the 200m dash, recording a career best time of 25.17 seconds. The time is an improvement of .08 seconds on her previous best. Carr also recorded a career best in the 100m dash. Her time of 12.34 seconds is .06 seconds faster than her previous mark.
In the 4x400m relay, a team of Beckwith, Smoot, Lauer and senior Kyndal Carr finished seventh with a time of 3:48.94. The regional qualifying standard is 3:42.00, putting the team within seven seconds of qualification. Indiana also took eighth in the event, as a team of Hartman, junior Britney Freiberger, senior Courtney Johnson and sophomore Kayla Smith recorded a time of 3:57.23.
Sophomore Jacqueline Coleman finished in a tie for ninth when she recorded a leap of 11.42m in the triple jump. Coleman finished just ten centimeters out of eighth.
Sophomore Mackenzie Cutter recorded a career best in the javelin when she made throw of 28.69m.
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