Penn Relays Preview
After a week of rest, members of the IU Track and Field team will compete in two of the most widely known outdoor track meets in the nation on April 28-30.
Majority of the Hoosiers will take part in the 111th prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn. The Penn Relays features over 241 colleges and 924 high school teams. Three IU track athletes (Jake Wiseman, Aarik Wilson and Kyle Jenkins) will head to the 96th annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
RECAP OF MT. SAC RELAYS (WOMEN)
At the 47th annual Mt. Sac Relays on April 15, IU distance runners Lindsay Hattendorf and Kelly Siefker competed in the 10,000m and 5,000m, respectively.
Siefker posted a time of 17:11.72, which put her 23rd overall in the University/Open section, while Hattendorf came in 30th place with a personal-best time of 35:11.02.
In the second annual Indiana Relays, the sophomore finished almost two seconds faster than the runner-up in the 400m with a regional qualifying time of 54.58, and just missed a second qualifying standard in the 200m, clocking in at 23.97.
Clausing is the first female Hoosier to earn Athlete of the Week since the 2002-03 season when Danielle Carruthers was recognized on April 19, 2003.
The NCAA Mideast Regionals, which have only been in effect for two years, come to Bloomington after being held at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004 and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes can qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that are above the standard, but can also qualify by winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
"This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."
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