Women's Track

    Eight Hoosiers Head to NCAA Mideast Region Championships This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Ashley Rhoades
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Ashley Rhoades
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    May 27, 2008

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    2008 NCAA Mideast Region Championships • Live Results
    Hosted by the University of Arkansas • John McDonnell Field • Fayetteville, Ark.
    Friday, May 30 - Saturday, May 31

    The Hoosiers open NCAA Mideast Region competition on Friday, May 30 at the John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark. The first event of the two-day affair is the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m., while track events begin at 3 p.m. with the prelims of the women's 4x100-meter relay. Saturday gets underway at 11 a.m. with the men's hammer throw. Track events are slated to open at 5 p.m. with the finals for the women's 4x100-meter relay. For live results, visit hogwired.com.

    Friday's competition is set to end at 8:50 p.m. with the men's 5,000-meters, while the final event on Saturday is the 4x400-meter relay at 8:20 p.m.

    Sophomores Molly Beckwith and Ashley Rhoades each earned bronze medals in the 800-meters and high jump, respectively. Beckwith clocked a final time of 2:07.56. Rhoades tied her personal best when she cleared 1.75 meters to take third. In the pole vault, sophomore Vera Neuenswander and freshman Stephanie Chin finished in a three-way tie for the bronze medal with a mark of 3.95 meters.

    IU finished 10th with 31 points.

    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 29th nationally in the 800m.

    After having a successful career at West Virginia, Abbie Stechschulte has brought her talents to IU.

    In her first meet of the outdoor season, Stechschulte completed the Texas Relays as the collegiate champion 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. She 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).

    CHIN IN TOP 10
    Freshman Stephanie 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) on April 11. The Bloomington native finished first among collegiate competition and her mark currently is seventh in the NCAA. Along with exceeding the NCAA regional qualifying standard, Chin also bettered the Olympic `B' standard by five centimeters.

    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 24th in the nation at the Division I level.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Junior Tiffany Howard improved her regional mark in the shot put with a toss of 15.03 meters at the Big Ten Championships on May 17 to take sixth in the event. The mark was also a personal best for the Indianapolis native.



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