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Hoosiers to part ways to take on different meets

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

The Hoosiers will take the opportunity to divide and conquer this week. IU will send its throwers to Auburn’s War Eagle Invitational and its mid-to-long distance runners to Stanford’s Cardinal Classic. 

IU Throwing Coach Cory Martin will accompany sophomore Khayla Dawson and junior Nycia Ford in their travels this weekend.

Ford will compete in the hammer throw Friday, and Dawson will compete in the shot put and discus Saturday. 

Both athletes are currently ranked in the NCAA and the Big Ten. 

Ford is ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation for the hammer throw. She also has the third-best mark in IU history in the same event. 

Dawson currently sits in first place in the Big Ten and eighth nationally in the shot put. She also holds the fourth-best distance in IU history in the shot put event. 

As for the runners, they will be entered into two events this weekend, including the 800-meter race Friday and the 1,500-meter race Saturday. 

Senior Kendell Wiles, junior Kelsey Harris and sophomore Joely Pinkston will participate in Friday’s race. 

Wiles is currently in second place in the 800-meter in the Big Ten, as well as 12th place nationally. She earned these spots with a time of 2:05.44 at the Florida Relays on March 29. 

Harris also ranks in both the Big Ten and the NCAA. She earned fourth in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally for her time of 2:06.45 at the Pac 12 vs. Big 10 Invitational on March 23.

Pinkston is also currently ranked 11th in the Big Ten for her time of 2:09.09 at the Florida Relays. 

Harris will be the only one of the same runners to compete in Saturday’s 1,500-meter. Freshmen Hannah Stoffel and Lexa Barrott, juniors Katherine Receveur and Haley Harris, as well as senior Brenna Calder will also race alongside Harris.

Calder, the Harris twins and Stoffel all rank in the Big Ten alongside second place athlete Receveur. 

Receveur is also ranked sixth in the nation for her performance at the Tennessee Relays on April 12th. She also has the second-fastest time in the 1,500 in IU history.

Following these meets, the Hoosiers will reunite at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 26 and 27. 

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