June 6, 2006
NCAA Track & Field Championship 8:00 PM ET
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BLOOMINTON, Ind. - Fourteen Indiana track and field athletes are set to compete at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., June 7-10. This marks the third time in the last four years that the Hoosiers have sent nine or more individuals to the national outdoor championships.
TRACK THE MEET
End of the day results for Indiana's 14 athletes competing in this year's Championship will be available on IUHOOSIERS.com. Meet information and live meet results can be found at http://www.hornetsports.com/ncaa/2006/results.asp. Trackshark.com also will carry live results, a results blog, photos, podcast interviews and event-by-event recaps.
CBS will air the live broadcast on Saturday, June 10 from 3:30-6 p.m. (ET). CSTV will air a live broadcast of the meet on Friday, June 9 from 8-11 p.m. (ET). CBS has televised the NCAA Championships since 1986, but this year marks the first time that the network will broadcast the event live.
HOOSIER MEN EARN RANKING
The Indiana men's track and field team enters the NCAA Championships ranked in the top 25 of the Trackwire Rankings. The Hoosiers are tied for 24th and share the ranking with Colorado, Kansas and Kansas State and . The only other Big Ten school to earn a ranking is Wisconsin (7).
THE HOOSIER CONTINGENT
John Jefferson - 1,500m
John Jefferson will make his second appearance at the outdoor national meet in the 1,500m. The All-American from Delray Beach, Fla., earned a bid to the 2006 NCAA Championships after turning in a 3:41.96 at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington on May 6.
Stephen Haas - 10,000m
Stephen Haas, an All-American in the 5,000m from a season ago, will compete in the 10,000m this season. Haas qualified for the10k with a time of 28:52.30. Additionally, Haas is the Big Ten Champion in the 10,000m.
David Neville - 400m
David Neville, who took second in the 400m (45.84) at the Mideast Regional, heads to Sacramento after taking second in the 400m at the NCAA Indoor Championships and shattering the school record in the event. The Merrillville, Ind., native claimed the Big Ten title in both the 200m and 400m en route to being named Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships this season. The junior is an outdoor All-American in both the 200m and 400m after finishing seventh in the 400m and 10th in the 200m in 2004. Neville also is a member of the 4x400m relay team that will compete at the championships.
Ryan Ketchum - Shot Put
Ryan Ketchum will compete in the shot put in his first appearance at the national meet. Ketchum earned a bid to the NCAA Championships after hurling an 18.34m (60-2). This season, the Hutchinson, Kan., native earned regional qualifying marks in the shot put, hammer throw and discus. Currently, Ketchum is second on IU's all-time list in the shot put.
Wil Fleming - Hammer Throw
Wil Fleming earned his first bid to the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw. The Bloomington, Ind., native recorded a 65.77m (215-9) at the Billy Hayes Invite, followed by a runner-up finish at the regional meet with a toss of 62.71m (205-09).
Indiana's 4x400m relay team of Doug Dayhoff, Ryan Smith, Trey Warfield, David Neville and alternate John Gunnell earned a bid to the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:04.67 at the Mideast Regional. The team claimed IU's first Big Ten relay title since Micah Beachler, Lewis Brandon, Glenn Terry and Alan Turner took home the honor in 1990.
Kyle Jenkins - Triple Jump
Kyle Jenkins is a national qualifier in the triple jump after taking second at the regionals with a mark of 15.86m (52-00.50). Additionally, the Kent, Wash., native finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships.
Ara Towns - 100m
Ara Towns heads to Sacramento as the reigning Big Ten Champion in the 100m. An All-American as a member of the 4x100m relay teams in 2002 and 2003 and in the 60m in 2004, Town qualified for the national meet with a time of 11.46 at the Mideast Regional.
Kelly Siefker - 3,000m Steeplechase
Kelly Siefker qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year in the 3,000m steeplechase. The Dayton, Ohio native turned in a 10:24.80 at the Mideast Regional. Last season, Siefker turned in IU's second-best time in history with a personal-best mark of 10:18.59 at the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Jessica Gall - 10,000m
Jessica Gall will compete in her second NCAA Championships in the 10,000m. Gall qualified for the national meet with a time of 34:01.00 at the Big Ten Championships. Gall's time moved her into third all-time in the Hoosier record books in the event. The West Lafayette, Ind., product is a two-time cross country All-American.
Larra Overton - 1,500m
Larra Overton will make her second straight NCAA Championship appearance in the 1,500m. Overton qualified for the national meet with a personal-best time of 4:22.71 at the Mideast Regional. The New Albany, Ind., native posted the Hoosier women's highest finish at last season's NCAAs with a 22nd-place finish in the event with a time of 4:26.16.
NCAA BY THE NUMBERS
Total number of Hoosiers heading to Sacramento - 14
Distance runners - 5 (Jefferson, Haas, Siefker, Gall, Overton)
Indiana natives - 7 (Neville, Fleming, Dayhoff, Smith, Gunnell, Gall, Overton)
NCAA first timers - 7 (Jenkins, Gunnell, Warfield, Smith, Dayhoff, Ketchum, Fleming)
NCAA Championships veterans - 7 (Jefferson, Haas, Neville, Towns, Siefker, Gall, Overton)
GOING THE DISTANCE
Of Indiana's four female NCAA qualifiers, three are distance runners. Larra Overton (1,500m), Jessica Gall (10,000m) and Kelly Siefker (3,000m steeplechase) will compete for IU in distance events. On the men's side, All-Americans Stephen Haas (10,000m) and John Jefferson (1,500m) will represent the Hoosiers in Sacramento.
MAKING THEIR DEBUT
Seven Hoosiers will be making their debut at the national meet in 2006. Doug Dayhoff, Wil Fleming, John Gunnell, Kyle Jenkins, Ryan Ketchum, Ryan Smith and Trey Warfield will compete on college track's largest stage for the first time in their careers.
DIFFERENT EVENT, SAME RESULT
Stephen Haas, a 2005 All-American in the 5,000m, looks to earn his fourth All-America honor of his career this season in the 10,000m. Haas, who is the 2006 Big Ten Champion in the 5,000m this season, earned All-America honors in the event last season after an 11th-place finish at the NCAAs. This season, the Huntersville, N.C., native qualified for the national meet in the 10k with a time of 28:52.30.