NCAA Outdoor Championships: Day Three Live Blog
June 12, 2009
Three Hoosiers will see action on Friday, wrapping up Indiana's competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Due to severe storms in the area, there was a more than three hour delay to the morning's events. The NCAA has released an updated schedule, and Indiana's schedule will be slightly affected. Please plan accordingly.
Ashley Rhoades will still be competing in the high jump at 5 p.m. ET. The pole vault has been moved back an hour and a half, so Vera Neuenswander will be competing at 9:30 p.m. ET. The running events will start about an hour behind schedule, which means that Sarah Pease will run in the 3,000m steeplechase at approximately 8:25 p.m. ET.
Update - 7:30 p.m. ET
Update - 9:54 p.m. ET
Update - 12:01 a.m. ET
Neuenswander was perfect through her first four jumps, clearing 4.00m (13-1.5), 4.10m (13-5.25), 4.20m (13-9.25) and 4.30m (14-1.25). The only jumper with zero misses, she began her attempts at 4.40m (14-5.25) with the lead, and it proved valuable as it garnered her second place. Neuenswander is the first outdoor All-American in the pole vault for the IU women's program. She is the highest finisher for IU since Irina Kharun won a national title in 2003. The 4.30m clearance is the second best jump in school history, behind only Neuenswander's own career mark, which she recorded two weekends ago at the NCAA Mideast Regional. It is also just the second clearance of over 14-feet in school history. Neuenswander took fourth at the NCAA indoor meet. Neuenswander will compete at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 24-28. It was an all state of Indiana finish, as Kylie Hutson of Indiana State was first, Neuenswander was second and Mary Saxer of Notre Dame tied for third. The Mideast Regional also was responsible for six of the top-eight finishers.
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