Home Sweet Home for the Hoosiers
April 17, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Invitational marks the first meet of the season at Robert C. Haugh Track Complex, and the first time the Hoosiers will compete in Indiana in the outdoor season. The meet will consist of 33 events, the first starting at 4 p.m. and the last scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
CHIN VAULTS TO TOP OF BIG TEN
Freshman Stephanie Chin claimed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for her performance in the pole vault last weekend as the IU track and field team competed at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.
Chin vaulted her way to the top of the Hoosier's all-time performance list at Sea Ray with a clearance of 4.25 meters (13- 11.25). The Bloomington native finished first among collegiate competition and her mark currently ties her for first in the NCAA. Along with exceeding the NCAA regional qualifying standard, Chin also bettered the Olympic `B' standard by five centimeters.
Chin takes home her first career weekly honor and IU's second of the outdoor season as senior Abbie Stechschulte earned the honor for her efforts on April 2-3.
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 hurdles to take third place in the event. Her mark garnered her a regional qualification in the 100m hurdles and is currently the 51st best time in the country. 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.
Stechschulte also recorded a regional qualification in the long jump, posting a mark of 6.03m at the Sea Ray Relays on April 12. Her mark is six centimeters better than the regional qualifying standard. Stechschulte finished seventh overall and was just 15 centimeters out of fourth place. Stechschulte finished just ten centimeters shy of her career best in the event is 6.13m (20-1 1/2).
JOHNSON HURDLES REGIONAL STANDARD
Senior Courtney Johnson Senior Courtney Johnson improved her mark in the 100m hurdles at the Sea Ray Relays. Her time of 13.45 is .17 seconds faster than her previous best on the season. Johnson's time was good for fourth place.
Johnson's career best in the event is 13.38 seconds. Her mark currently ranks 21st in the nation at the Division I level.
VERA TO THE REGIONAL
Sophomore Vera Neuenswander finished ninth in the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays, improving her season best to 3.95m.
Neuenswander added another ten centimeters to her season best and put herself in the top-27 at the Division I level. Neuenswander will join Chin at the NCAA Mideast Regional in May. Neuenswander's outdoor career best is 4.12m, which she recorded May 4, 2007.
FAITH IN THE REGIONAL
Sophomore Faith Sherrill posted a career best in the shot put. Her mark of 14.65m (48-0 3/4) is 35 centimeters better than the regional standard.
Sherrill improved her previous outdoor best (13.66m) by 99 centimeters. Sherrill had the eighth-best mark for a collegiate in the event and currently holds the 53rd best heave in Division I.
WIND, RAIN NOT ENOUGH TO STOP INDIANA
The Hoosiers competed in the Sea Ray Relays on April 11-12 in Knoxville, Tenn. Despite 20-30 mile per hour winds and rain that called the meet short on April 11, the Hoosiers recorded five regional qualifications on the meet.
In the 4x800m relay, juniors Molly Beckwith, Caity Lauer and Audrey Smoot teamed up with Lindsey Hartman to take second place. They recorded a time of 9:00.72 and finished nearly six seconds ahead of the third-place team.
Beckwith and Lauer also ran 800m on their own. Beckwith recorded a career best of 2:10.21, which was good for fifth place. She cut nearly four full seconds off of her previous outdoor best. Lauer finished in sixth place, recording a time of 2:10.61.
Junior Kristina Trcka finished third in the 10,000m run. Her time of 38:45.91 is a career best and was more than 20 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher.
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades improved her career best in the high jump, recording a mark of 1.70m. Her jump was three centimeters higher than her previous outdoor best of 1.67m. Her mark is only five centimeters shy of the regional qualifying standard and only three centimeters short of fifth-best all-time at Indiana.
Indiana opened the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on March 27-30, before splitting up to compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, on April 4-5.
The Hoosiers will compete in the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend. The Hoosiers host their first outdoor meet of the season with the Indiana Relays on April 19, and some members of the team will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., that weekend as well. Indiana will then head back out to compete in the 99th running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 24-26.
Indiana begins the month of May at the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio on May 3, prior to hosting the annual Billy Hayes Invitational on May 9.
The Big Ten Championships will be held on May 16-17 in Champaign, Ill., and the NCAA Mideast Regional will take place on May 30-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Drake Stadium, the same location for the Drake Relays, on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
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