Hoosiers Set for Busy Weekend at Penn Relays, Drake Relays & Purdue
Bloomington, Ind.--The Indiana track and field teams travel to Philadelphia, Penn., to take part in the prestigious 110th annual Penn Relays on Thursday, April 22 through Saturday April 24 at Franklin Field. The first event is set for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday and the event will conclude on Saturday, with the last event set for 5:50 p.m.
ABOUT THE PENN RELAYS In its 109-year history, the Penn Relays has provided competition for more athletes than any other track meet in the world. During the past ten years, more than 100,000 young men and women from high schools, colleges, club, the armed services, preparatory schools, junior high schools, middle schools, parochial schools, and elementary schools have competed in the Penn Relays. This year, during some 33 hours of competition on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, more than 425 races will be run, an average of more than one race every five minutes.
OTHER EVENTS Some of the Hoosiers will also be in attendance at the Big Ten Preview Invitational hosted by Purdue on Friday April 23 and Saturday April 24. Friday's competition begins at 3 p.m. and Saturday's action starts at 10 a.m.
In addition, four members of the Hoosier track team will be at the Drake Relays, hosted by Iowa State. Representing the mens team is Jake Wiseman David Stead and Casey Friske. Ellison Tipton is the only Hoosier female attending the Drake Relays.
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 NEBRASKA QUADRANGULAR/Mt. SAC Relays On Friday, April 16, Indiana men's distance runners Stephen Haas, Chris Powers and Tom Burns competed at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., with all three turning in times that qualified them for the NCAA Regional Meet.
Powers, who entered the weekend with the ninth-fastest time in the nation in the 5000 meter run with a 14:00.83 mark that has already qualified him for the NCAA Regional Meet, finished 25th in the event Friday with another regional qualifying mark of 14:07.96.
Haas also ran in the 5000m, finishing 35th with a 14:12.73. His time easily bested the required time of 14:18.58 needed to qualify at regionals in the 5000m.
Burns ran unattached in the steeplechase, finishing 7th with a mark of 8:45.04.
On Saturday, April 17, things got underway at the Nebraska Quadrangular and it was the throwers that stole the show. Ryan Ketchum finished third in both the shot put and discus, posting NCAA Regional qualifying marks in both events, turning in a 17.90m/58-08.75 in the shot put and a 53.74m/176-04 in the discus. His effort in the discus marked a new personal best and is the third longest throw of any Big Ten student-athlete this outdoor season.
Also posting NCAA Regional qualifying marks were Jake Wiseman, who finished second in the javelin with a personal-best 62.24m/204-02 and Wil Fleming, who took third in the hammer throw with a personal-best 60.54m/198-07.
All-American jumper Aarik Wilson did not compete in either the long jump nor the triple jump, and sophomore David Neville, III did not compete in his signature event, the 200m. Both were in action however, with Wilson finishing 11th in the 100m with an 11.19 and taking 15th in the 200m with a 22.53 and Neville running the third leg of the 4x400m relay squad that finished second with a 3:11.61.
The Indiana womens track and field team also competed at the Nebraska Quadragular Saturday, with Stacey Clausing turning in an NCAA Regional Qualifying mark in the 200m with a personal-best 23.80. That mark ties her with Penn States Kamilah Salaam for the best mark in the Big Ten this year.
Also registering NCAA Regional Qualifying performances were Lauren Chesnut, who finished second in the triple jump with a 12.44m/40-09.79 and Andrea Dalla Rosa, who took fifth in the shot put with a 14.47m/47-05.75
On Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays, Sean Jefferson, the 2004 NCAA Indoor National Champion in the 1500m won his section and finished second in the event (out of 122 competitors) by running a personal-best 3:40.90. That mark is the second-fastest time in the nation this year, behind only BYU's Nathan Robinson, who ran a 3:40.89 in a different section Saturday. Brothers Rodney and Russell Hollis both competed in the 800m, with Rodney finishing in 12th place with a time of 1:51.09 and Russell taking 21st with a 1:51.85 mark. Rodney has already qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet by virtue of the 1:48.69 he ran at the Stanford Invitational. That time is the fastest in the Big Ten this year and ranks ninth nationally.
QUICK TO QUALIFY Twenty one 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, 3:40.90
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, 53.74m (176-04.00)
Ryan Ketchum, Shot Put, 18.51m (60-08.75)
Mike Minton, Shot Put, 16.99m(55-09.00)
Wil Fleming, Hammer Throw, 60.54m (198-07.00)
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
Stacey Clausing, 200m, 23.80
Stephen Haas, 1500m, 14:12.73
Tom Burns, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:45.04
Jake Wiseman, Javelin, 62.24m (204-02.00)
JEFFERSON NABS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME Sophomore Sean Jefferson was named the Big Ten Mens Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 18. Jefferson shared the honor with Wisconsins Matt Tegenkamp.
The 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile, finished second in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays to claim a share of this weeks league honors. Jefferson ran a personal-best time of 3:40.89, the second-fastest time in the nation this year, behind BYUs Nathan Robinson, who only bested Jefferson by .01 seconds, clocking in at 3:40.90.
Distance coach Robert Chapman said it is easy to tell that Jefferson is very strong right now.
"He was really able to shift gears smoothly and move from about sixth to first in the final 150 meters," said Chapman. "The scary thing is that we both can tell that there is more there. 3:40 may just be the tip of the iceberg.
While this is the first time Jefferson has received the leagues weekly honor for track and field, it marks the third time in his career he has been honored by the conference office.
He received his first Athlete-of-the-Week award during the cross-country season on Oct. 9, 2002 after his fifth place effort at the 20-team Indiana State Invitational helped the Hoosiers to a second place team finish.
He also received this honor again on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was first for Indiana and fifth overall in a career-best 24:01 for 8000m. This helped the No. 19 Hoosiers to a third place team finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.
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 60.54m (198-07.00) in the hammer throw at the Nebraska Quadrangular, 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.
INDIANA AT THE 2004 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS In addition to Sean Jeffersons national championship in the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships, junior Ara Towns (60 meter dash), sophomore David Neville (200 meter dash) and the mens distance medley relay team of junior Russell Hollis, senior Rodney Hollis, junior Eric Redman and Neville competed in the 2004 NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Neville earned All-American recognition in the 200 meters, finishing seventh in the event with a personal-best time of 20.92, while Towns did not qualify for the event final with a 7.39 that placed her 12th in the preliminary round. With Russell Hollis filling in for Sean Jefferson on the distance medley relay team, the squad finished 13th with a 9:56.63.
DISTANCE MEDLEY SQUAD SETS INDOOR RECORD Indiana's distance medley relay team of Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney Hollis and Sean Jefferson broke the school record at the Tyson Invitational. The quartet's time of 9:31.26 was the third-best time in the country during the indoor season, shattered the school record by 10 seconds.
Redman opened the relay by running the 1200m in 2:56.5. David Neville followed with a 46.1 split in the 400m, and Rodney Hollis finished the 800m leg in 1:48.3. Sean Jefferson anchored the distance medley relay at 1600m and finished in 4:00.1.
MORE ON THE DMR Indianas distance medley relay performance was extremely impressive when you consider the following:
IU now ranks as the No. 7 school indoors all-time (the only schools to run faster are Stanford, Arkansas, Villanova, Alabama, Michigan, and Georgetown).
Because all four of IUs relay legs are American born, the 9:31.24 ranks as the sixth-best U.S. indoor performance of all-time and ranks as the No. 3 school indoors all-time with an all-US squad (behind Stan ford and Alabama).
The Hoosier relay also came very close to the American record, which is 9:28.83 by Stanford in 2000. Indiana is just 2.41 seconds from the American record.
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.
TOWNS COMPETES AT MILLROSE GAMES Junior sprinter Ara Towns competed in the prestigious Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 6. Towns was one of five collegiate sprinter invited to participate in the 60 meter dash. Towns finished third with a time of 7.53.
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.
COACHS CORNER Randy Heisler, who has served as the head womens coach since 1999, took over the mens program in a collborative coaching effort beginning in the 2004 season.
Heisler assumed the duties of Marshall Goss with the mens program. Goss announced his retirement from coaching and is now serving a new role as an assistant athletics director at IU.
A former Olympic athlete, Heisler has directed the resurgence of the Indiana womens track and field program over the last five seasons. He led the Hoosier women to their highest finish ever at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championship. IU finished sixth in the team standings behind five top-five performances, including an American collegiate record and a national title by senior javelin thrower Ira Kharun.
Indiana has won three Big Ten womens championships in his five years as head coach. The Hoosiers captured the conference indoor title in 2000 and won the outdoor title in both 2000 and 2001.
His first indoor season as head coach on the mens side resulted in sophomore Sean Jefferson winning the national championship in the mile. In doing so, Jefferson became the first male national champion at Indiana since 1993.
In addition, Wayne Pate (horizontal jumps, high jumpers) and Ed Beathea (sprints) were promoted to associate head coaches for the mens and womens track and field programs. Judy Wilson and Robert Chapman continue to serve as head cross country coaches and assistant track and field coaches.