BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana track and field teams host arch-rival Purdue in a scored meet on Saturday, May 1 at the Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington. The first event of the day is the womens hammer throw and is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. The mens 4x400-meter relay will the last event of the meet and is set to start at 2:25 p.m.
TITAN SERIES ON THE LINE With Indiana and Purdue tied in the Titan Series at 7.5 points apiece entering the weekend, this meet could be a key factor in the series as it nears its conclusion. Should either school sweep both the mens and womens championships this weekend, that school would take a two-point lead with only three points left to be won (mens golf, softball and baseball.)
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 PENN RELAYS/DRAKE RELAYS/BIG TEN PREVIEW INVITE The Hoosier track and field teams are coming off a busy weekend in which athletes competed at the 110th annual Penn Relays, the Drake Relays and the Big Ten Preview Invitational at Purdue. During Thursdays competition at the Penn Relays, the IU track team had highlighted performances from distance runners Kelly Siefker and Audrey Giesler who finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 3000-meter steeplechase championship. Siefker turned in a personal best 10:26.84 and Giesler ran a 10:27.09. Both are regional qualifying times. In the field events, Andrea Dalla Rosa finished fifth in the shot put with a heave of 14.46 (47-05.25). On the mens side, Matt Sweetman finished 15th overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase championship with a personal time of 9:19.32 on Thursday. In the first section of the same event, Marcus Aguilar finished sixth with a time of 9:05.71, and his teammate Charlie Koeppen finished 16th with a time of 9:34.36. Both times were personal bests.In addition, Mindy Peterson ran a 17:81.61 in the championships of the 5000-meter and Kristin Whitezell who finished 18th overall in the 3000-meter with a time of 10:04.78. At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, Jake Wiseman finished third overall in the decathlon with a personal best 7037 points. The break down of Wisemans performance was as follows: 100m (10.97); Long Jump (6.80m-22-03.75); Shot Put (13.07m-42-10.75); High Jump (1.87m-6-01.50); 400m (51.87); 110h (15.70); Discus (36.50m-119-09.00); Pole Vault (4.70m-15-05.00); Javelin (60.07m-197-01.00); 1500m (5:300.84). On Friday at the Penn Relays, Aarik Wilson placed first his section of the long jump with a leap of 7.56m (24-09.75). In the same section, Kiwan Lawson placed eighth with a jump of 7.02m (23-01.75).
The Hoosier 4x200-meter relays teams also competed on Friday with the mens team placing first in their heat with a season-best time of 1:25.46 and the womens team placing third in with a time of 1:38.79.
In the field events, Ryan Ketchum finished seventh in the shot put with a heave of 17.57m (57-07.7) and third in the discus with a throw of 51.45m (168-09.00). Mike Minton finished 11th overall in the discus with after he threw 47.09m (154-06.00).
Also in action on Friday was David Stead at the Drake Relays. Stead finished 18th overall after clearing 4.80m (15-09.00)
The weekend events wrapped up on Saturday at the Penn Relays with Aarik Wilson placing first in the triple jump championship section with his third-best jump of the season, 16.64m (54-07.25). Wil Fleming placed ninth in the hammer throw championships with a heave of 58.12m 190-08.00.
At the Big Ten Invitational at Purdue, four Hoosiers earned first-place honors as Courtney Johnson ran a 14.15 in the 100-meter hurdles, Stephanos Ioannou ran a 14.49 in the 110-meter hurdles, Ashley Groth ran a 2:14.52 in the 800-meter and Kevin Kempf turned in a 54.03 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Two Hoosiers turned in personal bests at the Purdue meet as Julie Shields ran a personal best in the 1500-meter with a time of 4:47.12 and Trey Warfield turned in a 49.66 in the 400-meter.
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, 10:26.84
Audrey Giesler, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:27.09
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
Jake Wiseman, Javelin, 62.24m (204-02.00)
Marcus Aguilar, 3000m Steeplechase, 9:05.71
Jake Wiseman, Decathalon, 7037 points (Prov. Qualified)
**Tom Burns, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:45.04 (unattached)
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 five 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.
MEN RANKED NATIONALLY According to Trackwires April 12 Top 25 poll, the Indiana mens team ranks 12th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Ohio State leads the way at 10th, Minnesota is tied for 16th, Wisconsin is tied for 20th and Penn State is tied for 25th.