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IU to send distance medley relay squad to NCAA Championships

Harris, Barrott, Stoffel

Junior Haley Harris leads freshman distance runners Hannah Stoffel and Lexa Barrott in the 1 mile fast race at the 2018 Hoosier Hills meet. The distance runners will split up with the throwers this weekend as they compete in different invitationals.  Alexis Oser Buy Photos

The Hoosiers will have not one, but four athletes participating in the indoor track NCAA championships this year. Last year, junior Katherine Receveur participated in the meet placing sixth in the country in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:12.61. 

Receveur also earned her second all-America honor in the process.

This season, Receveur will be back in Grand Station, Texas, to compete in a different event. She and her teammates will race in the the distance medley relay Friday, which will consist of a 1200-meter run, 400-meter run, 800-meter run and mile run.

The qualifying DMR team is made of freshman Natalie Price, junior Kelsey Harris, senior Brenna Calder and Receveur. Calder will start the race with the 1,200 leg. Then Price will compete in the 400, followed by Harris in the 800. Receveur will anchor the race by running the mile portion. 

The team qualified with a time of 11:00.77 on Feb. 17 at the 2018 Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. 

For the qualifying time, Calder hit her 1,200 leg in 3:22.9, followed by Price with a time of 53.2. Afterwards, Harris cranked out an 800 in 2:07.4, and Receveur rounded out the race with a mile time of 4:36.9. These times put the athletes in second place in the event behind Eastern Michigan, which the team will face this weekend. 

Each of these athletes has had a solid season. Receveur won her second 5,000-meter champion title at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 23 and 24 with a time of 16:19.00. 

Harris also looked strong at the Big Ten Championships. The junior earned second place in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:07.12. Harris earned her personal best in the 800 earlier this season at the 2018 Indiana University Relays on Jan. 26 to 27 with a time of 2:06.08. 

Price, a rookie on the team, has also made her presence known. She earned a personal best in the Big Ten Championships in the 400-meter dash where she dropped almost a full second off her previous time. She also earned a personal best in the 200-meter dash this season at the 2018 Hoosier Hills invitational with a time of 24.18. 

Based on the improvements the Hoosiers have seen this season with their DMR time, the team is likely to have a strong performance to round out the indoor season. 

Alexis Oser

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