Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships Preview Release
Feb. 23, 2005
The 2005 Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships kick off Saturday, February 26 on the campus of the University of Michigan. The Wolverines will serve as host for the two-day event for the first time in nine years.
Penn State enters as the defending Big Ten Champion, but Michigan will look to regain the League crown and claim its third team title in four years. Senior Lindsey Gallo should improve upon her second place finish in the one mile run and fourth place finish in the 3,000 meters from a year ago as she enters this year's meet with the top seed time in both events. Michigan may also pick up some points in the high jump, as junior Stephanie Linz holds the top seed with a mark of 1.84 meters.
The Nittany Lions can expect to place well in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes behind the running of Shana Cox. The Westbury, N.Y. native, has the fastest seed times in both events with 23.48 and 52.75, respectively. In the field events, Penn State will look to junior Jennifer Leatherman and freshman Gayle Hunter. Both student-athletes posted their top marks of the season at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup earlier in the month, as Leatherman finished second in the shot put with a mark of 15.87 and Hunter broke a 23-year-old Penn State record in the pentathlon with an NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 4,059 points.
Ohio State's Rosalind Goodwin will return to defend her long jump and triple jump titles from 2004, as the senior from Prospect, Ky., has the top seed in both events going into this year's Championships.
Action will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and will feature trials in most of the running events, as well as finals of the 3,000-meters and distance medley relay. Field event champions will also be crowned in the pole vault, shot put and long jump. The meet will continue on Sunday at 10 a.m. with the weight throw. Results will be posted on the Big Ten Conference website at www.bigten.org.