April 30, 2008
Jesse Owens Track Classic Meet Notes
Jesse Owens Track Classic May 2-3, 2008
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Columbus, Ohio
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will hit the road and compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic, hosted by Ohio State in Columbus on May 2-3. Competition opens on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the discus, while the 3,000-meter steeplechase is set to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday's collegiate events are slated to begin in the field at 3:30 and on the track at 4 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay.
HOOSIERS SHINE AT DRAKE RELAYS
The Indiana track and field teams posted a successful outing in the 99th running of the Drake Relays on Saturday, April 26.
Senior Courtney Johnson clocked a time of 13.37 to take fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time will not be considered for regional qualification due to wind, but it will count for seedings at the Big Ten Championships. The mark, without the wind, would have stood as one of the best in school history, as it would be the second-fastest time in the event by an IU athlete.
INDIANA ROARS AT LYONS
The Hoosiers competed at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis on April 26. The meet was hosted by Butler.
IU earned more regional qualifiers in several events. Ashley Rhoades cleared 1.75 meters (5-08.75) to earn her trip to the regional meet.
Tiffany Howard and Faith Sherrill matched each other in the shot put, recording marks of 14.41 meters (47-03.50) to win the event. That mark was also qualified them for the regional.
Sherrill was also successful in the discus, finishing second with a personal best and another regional mark of 49.14 meters (161-03.00).
Also winning events at Stan Lyons were Kayla Smith in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.13) and Jackie Coleman in the triple jump (11.59m/38-00.25).
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 23rd 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 13th 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.
ON THE RHOADES TO THE REGIONAL
Sophomore Ashley Rhoades posted a regional qualifying mark in the high jump at the Stan Lyons Invitational. Her clearance of 1.75m matched the regional standard and improves on her previous career best by five centimeters.
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.
The sophomore notched her second regional qualification of the season at the Stan Lyons Invitational, recording a mark of 49.14 meters in the discus. Her mark is nearly two meters better than the qualifying standard or 47.30m.
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.