Weekend Meets Split Hoosiers Up For Competition in Iowa, Indy
April 23, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana splits up for the second time in the outdoor season this week, as part of the team will compete in Des Moines, Iowa at the Drake Relays and part of the team will compete at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis. The Drake Relays begin on Wednesday, April 23 and conclude on Saturday, April 26. The Stan Lyons Invite is slated to begin at noon on Saturday, and the final event of the meet is slated to start at 8:40 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 as the IU track and field team competed at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. on the weekend of April 9-12.
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).
Stechschulte has also regionally qualified in the 100m hurdles. Her mark of 13.76 seconds is .16 seconds faster than the regional standard.
JOHNSON HURDLES REGIONAL STANDARD
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`s first place finish in the pole vault at the Indiana Invitational improved her season best to 4.10m. Neuenswander added another 15 centimeters to her season best and put herself in 12th place 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.
HOWARD'S HEAVE BETTERS REGIONAL MARK
Junior Tiffany Howard finished fourth in the shot put with a regional qualifying mark at the Indiana Invitational. Her throw of 14.48m beat the regional standard (14.30m) by 18 centimeters. She improved her career best with the toss by 50 centimeters. Her mark was also 78 centimeters better than the fifth-place finisher.
INVITE IS SMALL BUT MIGHTY FOR INDIANA
In the discus throw, sophomore Faith Sherrill finished second with a mark of 46.11m (151-3). The mark is a career best for Sherrill.
In the hammer throw, Sherrill took third place, recording a heave of 53.19m. Her mark is a 3.39m improvement on her previous career best in the event.
In the 100m hurdles, junior Britney Freiberger finished first with a career best time of 14.81 seconds. Freshman Laura Morris finished third in the event, improving her career best in the process by .26 seconds.
In the 400m hurdles, Kayla Smith finished first with a time of 1:02.45. Her time is an improvement on her previous career best of 1:02.61. Senior Courtney Johnson finished second with a career best time of her own. Her mark of 1:03.09 cut .53 seconds off of her career best.
In the javelin throw, Freiberger threw a nearly identical mark to her identical twin, sophomore Courtney Freiberger, as Courtney finished first with a mark of 35.68m and Britney was just a centimeter behind with a mark of 35.67m. The mark for Britney was a career best.
In the 200m dash, senior Kyndal Carr finished third. Her mark of 25.15 is .02 seconds faster than her previous career best.
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