Women's Indoor Track and Field Gears Up for NCAA Championships

Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah will compete in three different events at the NCAA Championships.

Illinois senior Yvonne Mensah will compete in three different events at the NCAA Championships.

March 7, 2007

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The Big Ten Conference will send 38 student-athletes from nine different schools to compete in 15 different events at the 2007 NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9-10 at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus.

Big Ten champion Minnesota will send eight athletes to compete in six different events, including the conference's Field Athlete of the Year, Liz Alabi, who will enter in the shot put and weight throw. Also double-entering for the Gophers, Heather Dorniden will run in the 800 meters and the distance medley relay, alongside Brown, who is also entered in the mile run.

Penn State will also send eight athletes to the championships, including Shana Cox and Briene Simmons, who are both entered in three events each. Cox will run in the 400 meters while Simmons will line up in the 800 meters and both will compete in the 4x400 medley relay and distance medley relay.

Michigan boasts the second-highest total with seven athletes competing in seven different events. Geena Gall and Katie Erdman will both line up for the Wolverines in the 800 meters, while Gall, Erdman, Nicole Edwards and Erin Webster will compete in multiple events.

Illinois will place six entries in four events including the 4x400 medley relay. A member of that four-person squad, Yvonne Mensah will also represent the Illini in the long jump and triple jump.

Iowa and Ohio State will each send three athletes to the NCAAs while Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin each boast one representative.

Of the 15 events with Big Ten athletes, 12 of those will have more than once conference representative. The Big Ten will send five athletes to compete in each the 800 meters and the mile while four each will enter in the 400 meters and the pentathlon. Three Big Ten squads will run in the distance medley relay and the 60-meter hurdles, while two will compete in the 4x400,  high jump, pole vault, shot put and weight throw.

For results and more information, visit the NCAA's home page at ncaasports.com, or the Razorback's site at ladybacks.com.