Sacramento, Calif. The Indiana track and field teams enjoyed an eventful opening day at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hornet Stadium.
Despite having three womens athletes qualify for nationals in the 100m, only Rachelle Boone advanced from the opening round. She finished third in her opening heat at 11.67. Ara Towns (12.04) and Danielle Carruthers (12.13) did not advance.
In Wednesday evenings semifinal, Boone finished third in her heat (11.55) to move onto Friday nights championship round.
Carruthers did qualify for Thursday mornings 100m hurdle semifinals after winning her preliminary heat in 13.22. This was the third-fastest qualifying performance overall.
The womens 4x100 meter relay team of Rose Richmond, Boone, Towns and Carruthers took one step closer towards repeating as All-Americans. The quartet set a new school record in Wednesday evenings prelims at 43.87.
According to Carruthers, the 4x100 relay is more strategic than you might think.
Actually, we changed the order of our relay for the (May 3) Purdue meet, because we felt it would matchup better in meets like this, she said. Teams like Auburn have some of their fastest people on the second and third legs. I am very proud of our team, especially someone like Ara, who is a sophomore and has really came in and done her part.
In the hurdles, I was pleased because I feel that I ran clean. The objective of the prelims is to run well enough to move into the next round. Tomorrow (Thursday), Ill run more for place and then hopefully really turn it on for the finals.
Rachelle and Danielle both ran well in their individual events, as we knew they would, IU womens coach Randy Heisler said. And the 4x100 that is the biggest thing of the day breaking 44 (seconds) is huge.
In the mens javelin, Bloomington native Pat Millers best throw of 211-06 did not qualify for the final. However, it does not take away from a tremendous season.
For Pat to get to nationals is great, Heisler said. He really got in and competed. What a great career for a guy who walked on.
Sophomore Aarik Wilson fouled on his first two long jump attempts, and his third jump of 23-00 did not advance him to the next round.
Richmond, the 2003 national runner-up in the indoor long jump, did not qualify for the outdoor final. Her best jump was 19-11.75.
In the mens and womens 3,000m steeplechase, Audrey Giesler (10:23.79) and Tom Burns (8:51.91) each finished with their second-best times of the season, respectively. However, neither athlete advanced to Fridays final.
I feel bad for Rose and Audrey, Heisler said. This is Audreys first time at the national track meet, and she was in a position where she could have gone with the front of the pack. Thats a good learning experience that is going to help here.
Rose has just never jumped well at the outdoor NCAAs, and I dont know why, Heisler said. That hurts from a team standpoint in scoring.
Senior Adam Judge has an opportunity to become a two-time All-American in the hammer throw. Judge moved on to Fridays final with a throw of 212-11 in Wednesdays qualifying round.
In order to automatically qualify for Friday evenings womens javelin final, an athlete must throw at least 175 feet. Senior Ira Kharun exceeded this standard on his first throw of 177-10.
Redshirt freshman Sean Jefferson just missed qualifying for the 5000m final. He finished the preliminary race in 14:18.70.
Thursdays action gets underway at 12:15 p.m. EST with Boone in the womens 200m. The 200m semifinal is slated for 8:30 p.m. EST. Carruthers competes in the 100m hurdles at 1:45 p.m. EST, followed by Wilson in the triple jump (6:30 p.m.), Lauren Chesnut in the triple jump (9:15 p.m.) and John Jefferson in the 1500m (9:25 p.m.)