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Whole team excels at Pac 12 vs Big Ten Invitational


The women's track and field team competes in the mile at IU's dual meet against Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. IU will compete in the Florida Relays on March 29 through March 31 in Gainesville, Florida.  Bobby Goddin

The Hoosiers earned third place this weekend at the Pac 12 vs. Big Ten Invitational with the success of its field athletes. 

Sophomore Khayla Dawson had strong performances this weekend, especially in the shot put event. Dawson earned first place, as well as a personal best of 16.72 meters. 

Dawson also participated in the discus throw event, earning points for IU when she earned 6th place with a throw of 48.74 meters. 

Fellow thrower, junior Nycia Ford, also had a successful weekend. Ford participated in the hammer throw and placed third in the event. Her throw reached a distance of 59.58 meters, which is a personal best for the athlete. 

Sophomore Leah Moran also scored points for the Hoosiers in two events this weekend. She came in fourth place in the triple jump,, with a distance of 5.82 meters, as well as the long jump, in which she jumped 12.12 meters. 

To keep the points coming in from the field for the Hoosiers, senior Rachel Mather earned third place in the pole vault with a height of 3.72 meters. 

In the track events, the Hoosiers also had a number of athletes who placed in point scoring range for the team. 

The hurdlers struggled a bit in this meet, as the highest place they scored in the 400 hurdles was seventh place, barely ranking within scoring range. Junior Jeyland Valentin put up a personal best of 1:00.59, earning her the aforementioned seventh place. Moreover, freshman Zykeria Williams came in 13th place, with a time of 1:07.24. This was her first time participating in the 400 meter hurdles. 

It was also Williams’ first time competing in the 100 hurdles. She earned fifth place with a time of 13.6 seconds. This was her second fifth place performance, alongside sophomore Megan Grabowski, junior Riley Egbula and freshman Natalie Price in the 4x100 meter dash which earned a time of 45.73 seconds. 

In the mid distance races, the athletes excelled. Junior Haley Harris earned a personal best in the 1500 meter race when she finished in third place with a time of 4:25.79.

Junior Kelsey Harris finished strong in the 800 meter race, clocking in at second place with a time of 2:06.45. Following Harris was freshman Hannah Stoffel, who finished in 13th place with a time of 2:12.39. This is the first time Stoffel has competed in this race at a collegiate level. 

The Hoosiers also scored points with two times in the 400-meter dash. Senior Kendell Wiles finished the race out strong with a personal best time of 54.24, which earned her second place. 

Sophomore Mallory Mulzer also competed, earning eighth place with a time 57 seconds. This time is also a personal best for Mulzer. 

Price also competed in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash this weekend. The freshman earned a personal best in the 200 meter with a time of 23.79 seconds, putting her in second place in that competition. She earned 6th place in the 100, earning a time of 11.85 seconds. This was her first time competing at this distance. 

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