Jan. 24, 2006
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Athlete of the Week
Stacy Clausing, Indiana
JR, St. Mary's Ohio/St. Mary's Memorial
Clausing won three events, met one NCAA provisional standard and set two new personal-bests against Big Ten foes Ohio State and Purdue at the Indiana Invitational. She earned first place with personal-best times of 24.12 and 54.31 in the 200 and 400-meter events, respectively. She is the first Hoosier to nab an NCAA provisional mark this season with her performance in the 400m dash. The St. Mary's, Ohio, native also ran on the 4x400m relay that crossed the finish line first, for the third consecutive time, in 3:44.8. This is the first weekly honor of Clausing's career and she is the second Hoosier to be named indoor Athlete of the Week this season.
The Fighting Illini claimed the Illinois Invite with 185 team points, notching seven first-place finishes, including one NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Junior Yvonne Mensah, in her first career attempt at the long jump, claimed the event with a mark of 6.20 meters.
Michigan State also compete in Champaign, Ill., and recorded eight individual personal-best times before taking fifth place with 54 team points.
IU hosted its third consecutive meet as the Hoosiers ran to a second-place finish behind Big Ten foe Ohio State who claimed the team competition with 155 points while Purdue finished fourth. The Indiana women recorded 11 new personal-best marks on their way to six first-place shwoings. Ohio State notched nine top-two spots in seven events and one provisional mark. Purdue's Astin Steward claimed the weight throw over OSU's No. 7 ranked Keturah Lofton with a toss of 18.99 meters. The Boliermakers claimed three more event titles last Saturday.
As Iowa traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on Minnesota in the Jack Johnson Classic, Wisconsin competed at the Hawkeye's in-state rival Northern Iowa in the Panther Open. The Badgers ran away with 16 top-three marks and one provisional qualifying time. The Hawkeyes claimed three events while the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team recoded a new meet record in 3:45.62.
The No. 13 Michigan Wolverines posted six NCAA provisional qualifying performances and a new facility record in the 600-meter run as junior Katie Erdman finished in 1:29.99 at the Red Simmons Invite.
In Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions shattered two school records as they hosted the Penn State Open. Junior, All-American Shana Cox broke the 18-year old 500-meter dash record with a time of 1:10.30 while sophomore Gayle Hunter's 7.96 was fast enough to break PSU's 21-year old 55-meter hurdle time.