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Women's track and field excel at Kentucky Invitational



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Junior Katherine Receveur races in the 5000 meter in the Hoosier Open in Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Receveur won the event in a new facility record time of 15:48.10. She, and six other teammates competed in the Alex Wilson Invitational this weekend. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

The IU women’s track and field team found success at the Kentucky Invitational on Friday and Saturday when it swept the one-mile and 800-meter races. 

The Hoosiers placed in the top five in the mile, with junior Katherine Receveur leading the pack with a time of 4:43.47. Followed by Receveur was senior Brenna Calder, 4:43.92, juniors Margaret Allen, 4:46.44, and Haley Harris, 4:48.48, and freshman Hannah Stoffel, 4:52.11. 

Each of their mile times are now in the national top 10 for the mile in the Track and Field Results Reporting System.

Of the five women, both Allen and Stoffel reached personal bests of 4:46.44 and 4:52.11. Allen’s time dropped by 2.93 seconds, while Stoffel shed 3.4 seconds off her former personal best. 

Leading up to the race, all five athletes were deemed ones to watch this week by IU Coach Ron Helmer. 

Junior Kelsey Harris led the Hoosiers in the 800 with a time of 2:08.81, while senior Kendell Wiles finished behind Harris in 2:10.35.

Harris and Wiles currently qualify as second and third place in the Track and Field Results Reporting System for the 800 throughout the country. 

Freshman Natalie Price made waves in her first meet as she competed in the shorter distance races. She placed second in the 400-meter dash, only behind Ohio State junior Karrington Winters. 

Notably, freshman Zykeria Williams came in seventh place in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing second in her heat. The freshman is predicted to make her presence known on this team as the season continues. 

In field events, the Hoosiers had an array of outcomes. Junior Nycia Ford placed fourth in the weight throw, with a total distance of 19.12 meters. Behind Ford, freshman Princess Brinkley placed fifth in the event. Additionally, freshman Madison Pollard put up a seventh place performance for the Hoosier squad.

The Hoosiers will be back at home for the Gladstein Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 20. Times are still to be announced. 

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