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Hoosiers to compete as full team this week



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The women's track and field team competes in the mile at IU's dual meet against Purdue Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Kendell Wiles finished second in the 800-meter race at this year's Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

The Hoosiers will travel together this week to Knoxville, Tennessee, to compete in the Tennessee Relays against 10 teams in the Power Five conferences. 

Some of this week's opponents will include fellow Big Ten teams, Rutgers and Ohio State, as well as No. 7 Kentucky, No. 17 Tennessee and No. 18 Virginia Tech. 

Other opponents include South Carolina, Southern Illinois, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh.

Multiple Hoosiers will compete in the meet, including sprinters, long-distance runners, throwers, jumpers and pole vaulters. 

Starting out the meet on Thursday afternoon will be junior Nycia Ford and freshman Princess Brinkley, who are competing in the Hammer Throw event. 

On Friday, freshman Zykeria Williams and junior Jeyland Valentin will compete in the 400-meter hurdles. 

Following that event will be the 100-meter, in which sophomore Megan Grabowski, junior Jaela Gay and seniors Maya Caudle and Brittany Thomas will compete. 

Freshman Natalie Price will be competing in the 200-meter dash, alongside Grabowski, Thomas, Caudle, Gay and junior Riley Egbula. 

As for the mid-distance runners, Price and Egbula will also compete in the 400-meter dash, along with senior teammate Kendell Wiles. 

Five athletes will compete in the 800-meter race including Wiles, junior Kelsey Harris, sophomores Mallory Mulzer and Joely Pinkston, and freshman Amy Smith. 

In the 1,500-meter race, juniors Katherine Receveur, Maggie Allen, Kelsey Harris and Haley Harris; senior Brenna Calder; and freshmen Hannah Stoffel and Grace Walther will compete. 

Freshmen Lexa Barrott and Stacy Morozov will compete in the 5,000-meter race, an event in which Receveur holds the IU record.

Morozov will also take on the 10,000-meter race. 

The Hoosiers will compete in a number of relays including the 4x100-meter, the 4x200-meter, the 4x400-meter, the 4x800-meter, the 1,600-meter sprint medley and the distance medley relay.

In the field, the Hoosiers will have juniors Taylor Pennington and Ashley Hash participating in the high jump. 

As for the long jump, keep an eye out for junior Aaliyah Armstead, and sophomores Leah Moran and Jenna Jungels. Moran earned a personal record of 6.04 meters at the Florida Relays from March 29 to 31. 

Moran will also be competing in the triple jump.

In the pole vault, senior Rachel Mather will be representing the Hoosiers. She has not earned a new personal best since the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were hosted on Feb. 24 and 25, 2017. 

Lastly, sophomore Khayla Dawson will be competing in both shot put and discus this week. 

The jumpers, throwers and long-distance runners have continued to make strides in past weeks, and with the team back together in Tennessee, will look to continue this upward trend. 

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