Six more Hoosier punch their tickets
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana got six more qualifications into the national meet on day of the NCAA East Prelims, bringing the team total to eight. Faith Sherrill and Monique Riddick started the day off by getting IU through in the shot put, and then the Hoosiers closed the day with Sarah Pease, De'Sean Turner, Andrew Poore and Andy Weatherford advancing in the 3,000m steeplechase.
In the steeplechase, Indiana advanced three men and a woman to Des Moines. Pease took third in her heat to earn an automatic berth in the meet, clocking a time of 10:09.14. The three men each qualified out of different heats. In the first of three heats, Poore clocked a time of 8:51.32 for second and an auto spot. In the second heat, Weatherford clocked a time of 8:46.62 for fourth and got in based on his time. The third heat was won by Turner in 8:39.40. Weatherford and Turner both posted career times. Turner's time is the third best in IU history, and Weatherford's puts him seventh in IU lore.
Sherrill bettered the whole field in the shot put with a heave of 17.51m (57-5.5), which was a foot and seven inches better than her closest competitor. Riddick took 12th for the final qualifying spot. Her throw of 16.24m (53-3.5) was a foot and six inches ahead of 13th place.
Devin Pipkin narrowly missed out on a trip to Des Moines, finishing just .01 out of the top 12 in the 100 meters. He clocked a time of 10.44 seconds, which tied him for 14th.
Emma Kimoto similarly missed out in the high jump, clearing a career best 1.78m (5-10) for 13th. Kimoto's clearance is tied for the third best in IU history.
The Hoosiers return to action when they host the NCAA East Preliminary Round on Saturday, May 28. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.