Gall, Price and Neuenswander Earn First Team All-Big Ten Honors
May 17, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's track and field teams posted six Hoosiers on the All-Big Ten teams, including three first team honorees.
Seniors Jessica Gall and Lorian Price and freshman Vera Neuenswander earned first team honors after winning individual Big Ten titles during the league outdoor championships on May 11-13, on the campus of Penn State University in University Park, Pa.
Neuenswander cleared 4.10 meters to set a new meet and Nittany Lion Field record and claim her first-ever Big Ten individual championship. She went nose-to-nose with Minnesota's Alicia Rue, matching heights from 3.80-4.05 meters. The pair battled it out at the 4.10-meter mark with each missing their first two attempts. Neuenswander cleared her final attempt, with Rue missing, to take the individual title.
She currently ranks eighth in the nation overall in the pole vault and is the top-ranked freshman.
Gall clocked a time of 34:27.07 to take her first-ever Big Ten individual title in the 10,000-meter run. The two-time cross country All-American made a move from third with a lap and a half to go to pass Rebecca Walter from Michigan and Racheal Marchand from Iowa to win the event. She currently ranks 22nd in the nation in the 10K.
Price hit her best mark of 6.46 meters on her first attempt to take the women's long jump title. Her mark currently ranks ninth in the nation and was good enough to qualify her for the NCAA Mideast Regional Meet on May 25-26, in Columbia, Mo. Price's leap is the third-best all-time in school history.
The women's 4x100-meter team also earned second team All-Big Ten honors after finishing second with a time of 45.54. The team is made of up Price, juniors Kyndal Carr and Zakiya Robinson and senior Stacey Clausing.
Neuensawander was also among those honored for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Neuenswander is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
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