BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana track and field teams travel to Nebraska to take part in the Huskers only home meet of the season on Saturday, April 17 at the Ed Weir Track Stadium. The meet will feature IU, Nebraska, Colorado State and Missouri and will be a non-scored meet. The Nebraska Quadrangular is slated to begin with field events at 2:30 p.m. and running events at 4 p.m.
MENS DISTANCE RUNNERS OFF TO MT. SAC While most of the team will be at Nebraska, the following members of the mens track and field team will take part in the annual Mt. SAC Relays held in Walnut, Calif.: Stephen Haas and Chris Powers (5000m).
Tom Burns (running unattached in the steeple), Sean Jefferson and Nathan Purcell (1500m) and Rodney Hollis and Russell Hollis (800m).
HOW TO GET RESULTS For post-event results and recap, visit the official web site of Indiana athletics, iuhoosiers.com. Final results from each day will be posted upon completion of the days action.
RECAP OF INDIANA RELAYS Last weekend, the Hoosiers hosted the first of three home-meets during the outdoor season. The Indiana Relays were the biggest meet in the state of Indiana this year and the biggest meet on the Indiana University campus since the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The mens team outlasted Central Michigan and Indiana State with a total of 167.50 points. The womens competition was much more intense and came down to the wire. Heading into the last race (4x400m relay), Indiana was down 176-173 to Central Michigan. The Hoosiers had to put together a stellar performance in order capture the win. The relay team, consisting of Michele Huber, LaDonna Ray Charlene Maddox and Stacey Clausing not only won the race, but also earned a regional qualifying mark with a time of 3:42.14 to help the Hoosiers win by one point, 182-181.
In addition to both teams winning the meet, three more Hoosier individuals were added to the regional qualifying list, which now brings the team total to 17.
Head Coach Randy Heisler said he was pleased to see such a good turnout at such a big event for IU Athletics.
I am really happy with the way things turned out, said Heisler. All of the high school coaches seemed pleased with the way things were run too. Hopefully we can do something like this again. It is a good opportunity to showcase our facilities and our athletes to the best kids in the state.
QUICK TO QUALIFY Seventeen Hoosiers have already met the NCAA Regional Qualifying Standards in their respective events. Below is a list of athletes who already have their ticket punched to the NCAA Regional meet which is on May 28-29 at LSU.
Ara Towns, 100m, 11.69
Kelly Siefker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:28.86
Audrey Giesler, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:36.18
Audrey Giesler, 5000m, 16:14.88
Lauren Chesnut,Triple Jump 12.65m (41-06.00)
Andrea Dalla Rosa, Shot Put, 14.90m (140-06.00)
David Neville, 200m, 20.83
David Neville, 400m, 46.18
Rodney Hollis, 800m, 1:48.69
Sean Jefferson, 1500m, 3:42.81
Sean Jefferson, 5000m 14:18.35
Chris Powers, 5000m,14:00.83
Aarik Wilson, Long Jump, 7.73m (25-04.50)
Aarik Wilson, Triple Jump, 16.85m (55-03.50)
Ryan Ketchum, Discus, 52.52m (172-04.00)
Ryan Ketchum, Shot Put, 18.51m (60-08.75)
Mike Minton, Shot Put, 16.99m(55-09.00)
Wil Fleming, Hammer Throw, 59.61m (195-07.00)
Jennifer Cobbina, Long Jump, 6.00m (19-08.25)
Kristin Whitezell, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:48.75
Jessica Gall, 5000m, 16:51.01
Courtney Johnson, 100m H, 13.84
WILSON NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Aarik Wilson earned Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 5. This is the second time Wilson has earned this honor as he was recognized back on March 31, 2003.
Wilson, the 2002 NCAA outdoor and 2003 NCAA indoor runner-up in the triple jump continued his dominance in the triple jump and long jump at the prestigious 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He posted NCAA Regional qualifying leaps en route to a first-place finish in the triple jump and a fourth-place finish in the long jump. The Fallon, Nev., product posted a new personal best in the triple jump with a leap of 16.85m/55-3.50. Entering the weekend, that would be the top mark in the nation . In the long jump, Wilson jumped 7.67m/25-02.00.
ALL-TIME PERFORMANCES After three outdoor meets, several Hoosiers have etched their name into IUs all-time record book. On the mens team, David Neville now sits fourth on the all-time list in the 200-meters (20.83) and fifth in the 400-meters (46.18), Rodney Hollis is eighth in the 800-meters (1:48.69), Chris Powers holds up seventh on the all-time list in the 5000-meters (14:00.83) and Ryan Ketchum is now fourth in the shot put (18.51m/60-08.75). In addition, Aarik Wilson also moved one spot closer to holding the school record in the triple jump, as he now sits at second on the all-time list with a leap of 16.85m (55-03.50). Wil Fleming tossed a mark of 59.61m (195-07.00) in the hammer throw at the Indiana Relays, which puts him at third in the record books.
On the womens team, Kelly Siefker moved up to third on the all-time list in the 3000-meter steeplechase after she ran a 10:28.86 at this years Stanford Invite.
Audrey Gielser still holds the school record in this event with a time of 10:14.19 in which she ran at the 2003 Outdoor Big Ten Championship meet. Giesler most recently posted the fifth-best time in school history in the 5000m with a time of 16:44.88 at last weekends Indiana Relays.
In addition, Jessica Gall made her mark on the all-time list in the 5000m race with a time of 35:14.87, a time which puts her fifth on the all-time list.
FOR THE RECORD Wilson is right on track to break the school record in the triple jump this season. His leap of 16.85m (55-03.50), a personal best mark that Wilson jumped at the Texas Relays, is just behind the 16.87m (55-04.25) jumped by Olympian Robert Cannon in 1978 at the National Sports Fest.
NATIONAL CHAMPION IS ONE TO WATCH Sophomore Sean Jefferson put an exclamation point on the 2004 Indoor season by winning the national championship in the mile run with a time of 4:00.16. Jeffersons time not only marked a personal best and the fourth-best time in school history, but it was his second four-minute mile of the indoor season. He ran a 4:00.83 at the Indiana Invitational five weeks earlier.
On the womens side, junior Ara Towns figures to lead the way. A two-time Outdoor All-American and Outdoor Big Ten champion as part of Indianas 4x100 meter relay team, Towns is the Hoosiers top returning sprinter and was Indianas lone representative at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
MEN RANKED NATIONALLY According to Trackwires April 12 Top 25 poll, the Indiana mens team ranks 13th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of six Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Ohio State lead the way at eighth, Minnesota is 15th and Purdue is tied for 22nd.
WILSON BACK ON THE SCENE Junior Aarik Wilson, the 2003 Big Ten Outdoor Champion in both the long jump and triple jump and the 2002 Outdoor National Runner-up in the triple jump will compete during the outdoor season after redshirting the indoor season in preparation for Olympic qualifying.
Junior distance runner John Jefferson, the 2003 Big Ten Outdoor Runner-up in the 1,500 meter run as well as the 2003 Indoor runner-up in the mile run continues to battle a persistent leg injury that forced him to sit out of the indoor season, but heads into the outdoor season with the approach that he will compete.
NATIONAL SCENE The following is list of where some of Indianas top individual performances rank nationally. (Reported as of April 14)
MEN Name Rank Event Mark
Sean Jefferson 1st 1500M 3:42.81
Aarik Wilson 1st TJ 16.85M (55-3.50)
David Neville 12th 200M 20.83
David Neville 12th 400M 46.18
Rodney Hollis 9th 800M 1:48.69
Chris Powers 9th 5000M 14:00.83
Ryan Ketchum 11th Shot Put 18.51m (60-08.75)
Aarik Wilson T6th LJ 7.73M (25-04.50)
WOMEN Name Rank Event Mark
Kelly Siefer 7th 3000M Steeplechase 10:28.86
Audrey Giesler 15th 3000M Steeplechase 10:36.18