Set for MidEast Regionals
The Indiana track and field teams are set to host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals this weekend, May 27-28, at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. No region can even compare to the Mideast as eight of the top 25 men's teams (No. 1 Arkansas, No. 4 LSU, No. 9 Indiana, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 12 Auburn, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 21 Michigan), and three of the women's top 25 teams (No. 5 Tennessee, No. 11 Alabama, No. 21 Arkansas) will gather in Bloomington for this two-day meet. The Hoosiers will be represented by 18 individuals and two relay teams.The first event, the men's discus, is set to begin on Friday at noon (CST). The men's 4x400m relay is the final event of the weekend and is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.
HISTORY OF THE REGIONAL MEET
The 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional meet will be just the third meet of this kind to take place. The event comes to Bloomington after being held at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003 and LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004. The Arkansas men and the LSU women have won both regional titles the past two years.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that were above the standard, or winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000m run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
Sophomores Lorian Price and Stacey Clausing provided excitement for the Indiana women's track and field team in the last day of competition at the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the speedsters captured the 100m hurdle title (13.70) and the 200m dash (21.53), respectively. As a team, the IU women finished eighth overall with 63 points. Illinois ran away with the title with 135 points, and Penn State (112.50) and Michigan (110.50) rounded out the top three. All together the Hoosier men and women earned six individual titles (four men, two women) and six second-place finishes (three men, one woman and a relay team on each side). It marked the fourth time in five years that IU men and women have won at least five individual event titles.
Also turning in a notable performance was junior Larra Overton, who captured third-place honors in the 1500m. Overton finished with a career-best 4:24.94. Clausing also earned a runner-up finish in the 400m and Kelly Siefker posted a fourth-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Both IU relay teams turned in impressive performances as the 4x400m relay squad consisting of Michele Huber, LaDonna Ray, Charlene Maddox and Clausing, took home a second-place finish with a time of 3:39.46.
The 4x100m team of Price, Ara Towns , Kyndal Carr and Zakiya Robinson ran to a third-place finish after clocking in a time of 46.23.
In the second annual Indiana Relays, the sophomore finished almost two seconds faster than the runner-up in the 400m with a regional qualifying time of 54.58, and just missed a second qualifying standard in the 200m, clocking in at 23.97.
Clausing is the first female Hoosier to earn Athlete of the Week since the 2002-03 season when Danielle Carruthers was recognized on April 19, 2003.
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
"This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."