June 1, 2005
A total of nine Indiana track and field athletes will compete at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships from, June 8-11 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif. The women's team will be represented by sophomore Lorian Price (100m hurdles) and Stacey Clausing (400m) and juniors Larra Overton (1,500m) and Kelly Siefker (3,000m Steeplechase), while juniors Sean Jefferson (1,500m), Stephen Haas (5,000m), and seniors Aarik Wilson (triple/long jump), Tom Burns (3,000m Steeplechase), and Jake Wiseman (decathlon) will compete for the Hoosier men. The nine qualifying individuals is the most IU has sent to NCAAs since the 2003 season when 13 qualified to compete.
Competition begins on Wednesday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m. with the women's discus and concludes on Saturday, June 11 at 8:45 p.m. with the women's 4x400m relay final.
A QUICK LOOK AT WHO'S HERE:
Stacey Clausing, So., St. Marys, Ohio., 400m
Sophomore Stacey Clausing, the 2005 200m Big Ten Champion, will see action at her first NCAA meet when she heads to Sacramento to compete in the 400m. The St. Marys, Ohio native received an at-large bid after just missing the final cut at the Mideast Regional meet.
Larra Overton, Jr., New Albany, Ind., 1,500m
Junior distance runner Larra Overton will compete in the 1,500m for the first time in her career at nationals after receiving an at-large bid. Overton finished sixth at the 2005 Mideast Regional meet and took a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
Lorian Price, So., Indianapolis, Ind., 100m Hurdles
Lorian Price, a sophomore 100m hurdler is making her first appearance at an NCAA meet. The Indianapolis, Ind., native just missed an automatic bid at the regional meet as she took a seventh-place finish overall in the 100 hurdles. She ran a career-best 13.55 in the prelims at the regional meet in Bloomington. Price also captured the Big Ten 100m hurdle crown.
Kelly Siefker, Jr., Dayton, Ohio., 3,000m Steeplechase
Junior Kelly Siefker earned an at-large bid in the 3,000m steeplechase after placing seventh overall at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet with a time of 10:27.80. Her fastest time this season, (10:24.69) in which she ran at the Stanford Invite, ranks 24th in the rankings.
BREIF RECAP OF MIDEAST REGIONALS
Seniors Aarik Wilson and Tom Burns, along with juniors Stephen Haas and Sean Jefferson punched their tickets to the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The IU women advanced three to Saturday's finals with the trio of junior Larra Overton and sophomores Lorian Price and Stacey Clausing just missing out on an automatic bid for Nationals. Siefker finished seventh in the 3,000m Steeplechase, while Price (100m hurdles) and Clausing (400m) captured seventh-place honors in their respective events.
For the men, Arkansas took home the Mideast Regional team title with 94.50 points and three individual accolades. Auburn was second with 58 points, followed by LSU (50), Wisconsin (49) and Tennessee (45). Indiana concluded the two-day regional in sixth with 40 points.
On the women's side, Tennessee won the team crown with a score of 82 points. LSU was second with a total of 61, followed by Michigan (42.50), Ohio State (41.33), and Arkansas (40). The Cream and Crimson placed 22nd with a total of nine.
The Last Time...
Below is a breakdown of the last time IU had an NCAA Outdoor Champion in each respective event. For those events that have never had an NCAA title, the highest finish is listed.
Women's 100m H -2nd (2003 & 2001)-Danielle Carruthers
Women's 400m -8th (2001)-Tia Trent
Women's 1,500m-8th (1990)-Jenean Sorrells
Women's Steeplechase-11th (2004)-Audrey Giesler