Indiana women’s athletics enjoy home environment at weekend meet
Indiana Athletics hosted the Indiana Invitational at the Robert C. Haugh Complex over the weekend. It was the first time an outdoor meet was held in Indiana this season, and the Hoosiers hosted 21 schools from across the Midwest.
After Indiana’s success at the Louisville Invitational, head coach Ron Helmer said he wanted his athletes to enjoy the local atmosphere and improve their times. He said he believed there was a lot of growth, but there was still work to be done.
“We had very good individual performances,” said Helmer. “(But) as many people as we had who showed up ready to compete, we also had people who just didn’t.”
Helmer said he wouldn’t be happy with his team until they all competed at their best.
“Until we get to almost 100% of our employees ready to compete and enjoy things, I probably won’t be really happy.” Helmer said.
The Hoosiers began competition Friday night with the women’s 200 meters. Sophomores Morgan Snow and Olivia Gee both competed in the event, and Snow finished in sixth place with a time of 24.02 seconds – 0.04 seconds less than her personal best of 23.98 . Gee finished in 20th place with a time of 25.11 seconds.
The next event for the Hoosiers was the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Maria Anderson finished first in the first run and broke a new personal best with her time of 1:01.53. In the combined results of all rounds, Anderson finished in fourth place. It was only the second time she had taken part in this event.
Four Hoosiers finished in the top ten in the women’s 1,500 metres. They were led by senior Bailey Hertenstein, who finished in second place with a time of 4:14.19 to secure a season best. With this race time, Hertenstein now has the tenth fastest time in the country, according to the TFRRS Outdoor Qualification List.
Senior Hannah Stoffel took fifth place in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:17.23, setting a personal best and clocking the fifth fastest time in program history. Senior Sarah Schmitt was the next Hoosier to cross the finish line in eighth place with a time of 4:19.03, which marked a new personal best. Senior Jenna Barker rounded out the top ten with her tenth place finish and a time of 4:21.52.
Saturday consisted of all on-court events, where Indiana has had a lot of success.
Junior Paola Fernandez-Sola kicked off the field events with a victory, taking first place in the long jump with a personal best of 6.61 meters to knock off her previous personal best of 6.33 meters. Fernandez-Sola also set a record for programs and facilities at the Robert C. Haugh Complex.
“I like to take things one step at a time, so today was just for fun,” Fernandez-Sola said. “I knew I was going to jump far, but not that far.”
Fernandez-Sola also said she continues to look to the future and what she can accomplish there.
“Regionals first, nationals and hopefully outdoor world championships,” Fernandez-Sola said.
In the women’s shot put, senior Madison Pollard and rookie Jayden Ulrich continued their success by finishing first and second respectively. Pollard threw for 17.26 yards to score a season best and Ulrich set a new personal best of 17.07 yards.
In the women’s discus throw, Ulrich won first place. His throw of 57.21 meters set a school record.
Sophomore Mahogany Jenkins kept up Indiana’s momentum by finishing fourth in the women’s high jump with a height of 1.69 meters. Jenkins also competed in the triple jump and finished in fourth place with a mark of 12.63 meters.
Snow broke another personal best on the track in the women’s 400 meters with her time of 53.49 seconds, taking second place.
In the women’s 800 metres, senior Kelly Mindak finished third with a time of 2:07.28. First year Elizabeth Stanhope finished in fifth place with a time of 2:07.87 and second year Shynae Deas took 11th place with a time of 2:11.37.
In the women’s 4 x 400 meter race, Indiana ran a relay. The relay team, consisting of Snow, Anderson, Deas and Stanhope, finished in second place with a time of 3:44.44.
Indiana will then compete in the Penn Relays in Philadelphia from April 28-30.