Hoosiers Take Tennessee By Storm
April 9, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana will visit the Volunteer State this weekend as the Hoosiers are set to compete at the Sea Ray Relays. The meet will take place at Tom Black Track in Knoxville, Tenn., on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The meet will consist of more than 80 events and will take place from April 9 to April 12.
The action is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8:45 a.m. on Friday and 9:15 a.m. on Saturday. Multi-events will take place on the first two days of the meet, and days three and four will consist of all non-multi events.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers split up for the weekend, competing at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif. Three Hoosiers competed at each meet.
In Texas, senior Abbie Stechschulte left as the collegiate champion in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,661, the second-best point total in Indiana women's track and field history and the second-best point total recorded in Division I this season.
Senior Courtney Johnson qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles when she crossed the finish line in 13.62 to take ninth in the preliminary round. Johnson's time also automatically qualified her for regional competition in May. She crossed the finish line in 13.79 to take eighth place in the finals of the event.
Senior Kyle Jenkins placed ninth with a leap of 15.01 meters in the triple jump. He reached his final mark on his first attempt, before tallying a mark of 14.97m, 14.90m, 14.97m and 14.70m. He fouled on his last attempt. Jenkins' mark of 15.01m was also a regional-qualifying leap.
In Palo Alto, freshman Ben Hubers clocked a time of 14:09.83 to finish 13th in the 5,000-meters at the Stanford Invite. His time earned him a spot at the regional championship. His time is the 22nd best time recorded in Division I this season.
Senior Brennon Plotner clocked a personal-best time of 14:22.47 to take sixth place in his section of the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Cole Hardacre also ran the 5,000m and finished with a time of 14:41.75 to take 15th.
ABBIE IS WEEK'S BEST FOR THE BIG TEN
Senior Hoosier track and field standout Abbie Stechschulte was named this week's Big Ten Women's Co-Field Athlete of the Week after winning the collegiate title in the heptathlon at the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on April 2-3 in Austin.
Stechschulte completed the meet with a personal-best score of 5,661 points, the second-best point total in Indiana women's track and field history and the second best total recorded at the Division I level this season. Her score automatically qualified her for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 12-14 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Columbus Grove, Ohio, native opened the meet on Wednesday, April 2 with a personal-best time of 13.76 in the 100-meter dash to take third place in the event. Stechschulte went on to place seventh in the high jump (1.66m), sixth in the shot put (12.44m) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (25.12). In the first event of the day on Thursday, Stechschulte took fourth with a mark of 5.96 meters in the long jump. She used a toss of 35.52 meters to place seventh in the javelin, and finished third in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:17.57.
This was IU's first field honor since March 31, 2003.
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's mark is the 4th highest clearance in the country at the Division I level this year.
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 13th in the 100m hurdles, recording a regional qualifying time of 13.62 seconds in the prelims at the Texas Relays. Johnson's time is .30 seconds faster than the qualifying standard of 13.92 seconds. Johnson's career best in the event is 13.38 seconds. Her mark currently ranks 25th in the nation at the Division I level.
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.
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