Indiana women’s track and field competes in split-meet weekend at Michigan and Vanderbilt

The Indiana women’s running and field team started the new year with a split-meeting over the weekend. Indiana runners and pole vaulters competed in the Simmons-Harvey Invitational hosted by Michigan, while field athletes were invited to the Commodore Challenge hosted by Vanderbilt University for two days in Nashville, Tenn.

In the Simmons-Harvey Invitational, Indiana runners and local athletes competed with Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Indiana finished last with 85 points. Thus, by split-meet, Indiana has only competed or won in nine out of 15 events. Other teams compete or score in up to 12 events.

Coach Ron Helmer said the purpose of the split-session is to help the players progress.

“What we really value [bringing] people where they need to be is to make the progress we want,” Helmer said. “I think it was a good thing we did going forward and coming together.”

The Indiana players did not take part in another event over the weekend.

“Getting them back in and getting them trained is difficult,” Helmer said. “I found out that the best thing they could do was not open until the following week.”

Sophomore Mahogany Jenkins finished in third place in the women’s jump on Friday, surpassing 1.80 meters. He also competed in three jumps on Saturday and finished in second place with a score of 12.22 meters.

Sophomore Alyssa Robinson recorded the best time of 7.46 seconds in the prelims of the 60-meter dash, putting it first. Robinson and Sophomore Morgan Snow both competed in the finals. Robinson finished second with a time of 7.46 seconds, tying the top mark set in the prelims. The top three in the event were separated by .0 seconds. Ice finished in eighth place with a time of 7.73 seconds.

Robinson finished second in the 400m race with 57.54. He finished second behind Kaylee Lane, who won the event with a time of 566.96s.

Seniors Hannah Stoffel and Bailey Herenstein placed the first and second, respectively, in a 800-meter event. Stoffel finished with a time of 2: 10.10 and Herenstein finished short with a time of 2: 10.19. Herenstein did not compete in the 2021 season.

Stoffel finished in second place with an excellent time of 4: 42.24 in the running distance.

“It’s exciting because it’s the fastest opening in January,” Stoffel said. “It was reinforcing all the hard work we started putting in the last few months.”

In the women’s 600-meter race, junior Maria Anderson placed second in her heat and all. Winter is the only Hoosier to compete in the 200-meter dash and finished with a time of 24.92.

In the 1600-meter relay race, the Indiana B team did not finish the first heat after an unidentified runner was forced to leave the event. Indiana decided to run with three runners to give the runners more training in the meet.

“We want to do the job and we want to run the two relays, but if we didn’t run the B relay then the three kids would have just done one race over the weekend,” Helmer said. “We had other goals, so giving them a chance to get out and run and get another job is important to us.”

Indiana’s A team, which included Anderson, Snow, Deas and Lane finished the 1600-meter relay in second place with a time of 3: 43.92. Michigan finished first with a time of 3: 42.55.

The full Indiana team will compete at home at the Gladstein Invitational on January 21-22 at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.

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