BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- With 11 mens and nine womens athletes posting NCAA Regional Qualifying individual performances, Indianas mens and womens track and field teams were victorious in their home openers Saturday afternoon at the E.C. Billy Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. The No. 9 IU women tallied 175 points, outdistancing Indiana State (119) and Central Michigan (107). The No. 21 Indiana mens team used Mike Mintons first place finish in the discus to edge CMU, 157-155. The Indiana State mens team followed with 90 points.
Through the first two weeks of the outdoor campaign, seven IU womens athletes had turned in NCAA Regional standards in either an individual event or relay - Rose Richmond, Danielle Carruthers, Ara Towns, Rachelle Boone, Andrea DallaRosa, Mindy Peterson and Lauren Chesnut. On Saturday, five more Hoosiers joined this elite group. Senior Ira Kharun, a 2002 All-American in the javelin, appears to be in midseason form in her event. Her toss of 53.62m/175-11 is the second-best throw in the nation this season and the second-best in IU history. Tandra Foster became the second Hoosier to post an NCAA Regional mark in the long jump this season, leaping 5.95m/19-6.25. Emily Tharpe is a regional qualifier in the pole vault, thanks to her 3.66m/12-0. The sophomore now owns the top two vaults in school history. Finally, a pair of Bloomington natives, freshman Jean Shaffer and senior Kelly McKinney, are going to NCAA Regionals. McKinney tossed the hammer 51.40m/168-8, while Shaffer went 1.70m/5-7 in the high jump.
Two-time All-American and former national runner-up Danielle Carruthers made her outdoor debut in the 100 hurdles, qualifying for regionals at 13.28. Classmate Rachelle Boone went 11.49 in the 100m, while newcomers Lauren Chesnut (12.48m/40-11.5 in the triple jump) and Andrea DallaRosa (14.78/48-6 in the shot) rounded out IUs individual regional qualifying performances on Saturday.
For the men, Minton has already qualified for the regionals in the shot and discus, and he was a double-winner on Saturday. He put the shot 16.94m/55-7 and the discus 52.49m/172-2.5. Minton will be joined at the May 30-31 regional by Ryan Ketchum (16.76/55-0.75 in the shot). Pat Millers 63.82m/209-4 throw in the javelin is the sixth-best throw in school history, and he will be joined by decathlete Jake Wiseman (62.58m/205-4). Will Fleming is now fourth on the IU hammer chart with a throw of 54.66/179-4.
The Hoosier mens distance contingent also had a strong performance. All-American miler John Jefferson went 14:18.85 in the 500m, while his twin brother, Sean, finished the 1500 in 3:44.17. Two IU runners also took one step closer to an NCAA appearance in the 3000m steeplechase. Tom Burns won the event in 9:00.27, while Matt Sweetman finished third at 9:10.49.
Indiana will also have a pair of mens polevaulters at the NCAA Mideast Region meet at Columbus on May 30-31. Ian Curry and Dino Efthimou each vaulted 5.05m/16-6.75.
Select Indiana mens and womens track and field athletes will compete at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. April 17-19.