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Indiana women’s track and field excels in field events at Billy Hayes Invitational

<p>Freshman Jayden Ulrich competes in the shot put event at the Hoosier Hills meet Feb. 11, 2022, at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Indiana finished its regular season with the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 6 in Bloomington.</p>

Freshman Jayden Ulrich competes in the shot put event at the Hoosier Hills meet Feb. 11, 2022, at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Indiana finished its regular season with the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 6 in Bloomington.

As IU students were wrapping up their finals, the Indiana women’s track and field team was wrapping up its regular season. 

The Indiana women’s track and field team competed in the Billy Hayes Invitational at the Robert C. Haugh Outdoor Track and Field Complex in Bloomington on Friday. 

Indiana’s field athletes shined during the invitational, as the Hoosiers saw three first-place finishes in the discus throw, long jump and high jump. 

Indiana took first and second place in the women’s discus throw thanks to the dynamic duo of senior Madison Pollard and freshman Jayden Ulrich. Pollard finished in first place with a heave of 51.62 meters and Ulrich followed right behind with a 47.34-meter throw. 

Freshman Makayla Hunter also competed in the women’s discus throw and finished in fourth place with a throw of 42.47 meters. She finished in third place in the women’s shot put as well, with a throw of 13.47 meters.

Junior Paola Fernandez-Sola took first place in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.02 meters. Senior Nichole Flowers finished in seventh place with a jump of 5.24 meters.

Sophomore Mahogany Jenkins saw success in the women’s high jump with her win as she towered over the bar at 1.78 meters. Senior Hope Purcell also competed, taking third place with her jump of 1.68 meters.

In the women’s pole vault, senior Anna Watson soared over the bar at 4.08 meters to finish in third place. Senior Kara Deadry finished in eighth place with a mark of 3.68 meters.

In the women’s 800-meter fast section, freshman Elizabeth Stanhope finished in second place with a time of 2:09.56. Sophomore Maria Anderson followed closely behind with her time of 2:14.25 for a fourth-place finish.

Sophomore Shynae Deas won the women’s 800-meter run, with a time of 2:14.69. 

In the women’s 1500-meter run, freshman Phoebe Bates finished with a time of 4:39.90 for a fourth-place finish. 

Sophomore Maddie Dalton finished in eighth place in the women’s 1500-meter fast section with a time of 4:29.03. She was followed by sophomore teammate Jenna Barker, who claimed tenth place with a time of 4:32.12. 

Sophomore Olivia Gee competed in both the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter dash. In the 100-meter dash, Gee finished with a time of 12.60 seconds to land in fourth place, and she crossed the finish line at 25.67 seconds to take home seventh place in the women’s 200-meter dash.

Indiana will next compete in the Big Ten Championships on May 13-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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