Hoosiers Head to Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 14, 2008
Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 16-18
SETTING THE SCENE
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
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
BECKWITH CLOCKS U.S. `B' TIME TO QUALIFY FOR REGIONAL
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
ON THE RHOADES TO THE REGIONAL
FAITH IN THE REGIONAL
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
CHIN VAULTS TO TOP OF BIG TEN
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
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
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