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Women's Track Sends Two To Indoor Nationals
Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2005
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire women's indoor track and field team will send a pair of athletes to compete in this weekend's NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Jen Stafslien (Sr.-Onalaska/West Salem) will be representing the Blugolds in the long and triple jump events as well as the 55-meter hurdles. She posted the third best time in the 55-meter hurdles in the country this season, a time of 8.30 seconds at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on March 4. Sheana Grigsby of Carthage College has the nation's best time at 8.08 seconds. Stafslien will be looking to improve on her fourth place finish in the event at last year's indoor nationals, when she posted a time of 8.36 seconds. The 55-meter hurdle preliminaries are set for Friday at 6:05 p.m. while the finals will be held Saturday at 4:25 p.m.
She will also be competing in the triple jump at national competition for the second year in a row after taking ninth last season. She comes in with the 11th best jump in the country this season, a distance of 11.49 meters (37-8 ?) also at the WIAC Championships on March 4. The triple jump event is scheduled to take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Stafslien's third event will be the long jump as she brings the 14th best jump in the country into this weekend. Her distance of 5.52 meters (18-1 ?) at the WIAC Championships was her best jump of the season. The women's long jump event will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Stephanie Barnes (So.-Sauk City/Sauk Prairie) will be looking to turn some heads after an impressive sophomore season in the pole vault competition. Barnes comes in with the nation's third best height in the event, a mark of 3.66 meters (12-0) that she accomplished on February 12 at the Border Battle hosted by St. Olaf (MN). Megan Rossi of North Central College has the nation's best height this season at 3.81 meters (12-6). The women's pole vault is the first event of the competition, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
The NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships are set to kick off this Friday at 10:30 a.m.
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