Women's Track

    Hoosiers Head to Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Abbie Stechschulte
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Abbie Stechschulte
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 14, 2008

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    Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships • May 16-18
    Hosted by the University of Illinois
    Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium • Champaign, Ill.

    SETTING THE SCENE
    The Hoosiers will make the quick trip to Champaign, Ill., to compete in the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, hosted by the University of Illinois at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium on May 16-18.

    Championships action begins on Friday, May 16 at noon with the decathlon 100 meters. Event finals will be held for the men's and women's hammer throw, men's pole vault and men's and women's 10,000 meters on the first day. Multi-events will continue on Saturday, May 17 beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET and finals will be held for the decathlon, heptathlon, men's high jump, men's and women's long jump, men's discus, women's shot put, women's javelin and men's and women's steeplechase. The Big Ten Outdoor Championships conclude on Sunday, May 18 beginning with the women's triple jump at 12 p.m. Finals will be held for the remaining events, ending with the men's 4x400m relay at approximately 4:45 p.m.

    PREVIEWING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    At last year's Big Ten Championships in State College, Pa., hosted by Penn State, IU's women's team finished sixth with 62 points. Sophomore Vera sophomore Vera Neuenswander returns to defend her title in the pole vault. She currently ranks fifth (4.10m) among Big Ten in the pole vault, behind league leader and teammate Stephanie Chin (4.25m).

    The Hoosiers are also looking to score some points include Molly Beckwith in the 800m (4th, 2:06.46), Kristina Trcka in the 10,000m (7th, 38:45.91), Courtney Johnson in the 100m hurdles (4th, 13.40), Ashley Rhoades in the high jump (2nd, 1.75m), Faith Sherrill in the discus (6th, 49.14m), the shot put (7th, 14.86m) and in the hammer throw (8th, 53.19m), and Abbie Stechschulte in the heptathlon (2nd, 5,661 pts.).

    BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE AIRED ON BIG TEN NETWORK
    Highlights of the three-day Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be aired Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

    BECKWITH CLOCKS U.S. `B' TIME TO QUALIFY FOR REGIONAL
    Sophomore Molly Bekcwith clocked a U.S. `B' time in the 800-meters when she crossed the finish line in 2:06.46 to win the Jesse Owens Track Classic event on May 3.

    Her time will be considered for this year's U.S.A.T.F. Olympic Trials, after the `A' field has been set. Beckwith's time also earned her a trip to the regional meet and was a new career-best. Beckwith currently ranks 22nd nationally in the 800m.

    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 19th 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 14.86m (48-0 3/4), recorded at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 9, improved her previous outdoor best (13.66m) and her previous regional mark. 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.

    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 is sixth 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 fourth-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. 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.

    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).

    JOHNSON HURDLES REGIONAL STANDARD
    Senior Courtney Johnson improved her mark in the 100m hurdles at the Jesse Owens Track Classic on May 3. Her time of 13.40 earned her 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.

     

     

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