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      Track & Field: Women's track takes fifth, men take ninth at DePauw

      Amruth Jonnalagadda

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Sports
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      With the UAA Championships and the NCAA Championships looming on the horizon, the women's track and field team displayed its many talents at the DePauw Invitational, finishing in fifth place overall. Senior Elizabeth Ehrke made a huge contribution to the team's final score by finishing in first place in both the hammer throw and the discus event.

      "At this point, the distance is much more important than where I finish. I hope to make it to nationals in both the hammer and the discus. My hammer throw was a NCAA provisional qualifying mark, but I will need to throw farther to actually go to nationals," said Ehrke.

      After winning the high jump by getting over a 1.62-meter high bar, freshman Erin Hollinger also has her eyes set on qualifying for nationals. Hollinger said, "It's been at the back of my mind as a far-off possibility until I jumped on Saturday. Provisional qualifying height is 1.65 [meters] and I have gone 1.62 [meters] in the last two meets. I attempted 1.67 [meters] yesterday and I was very pleased with how close I was." Hollinger believes that the high jump is a very mental event. "I think the invite helped me see that I can actually go higher… It really raised my confidence and I am excited to see how it goes next weekend," said Hollinger.

      On the men's side, the Spartans finished ninth at the same event. The team had the most success in the distance runs. Austin Schmidt had a career-best time to finish second in the 5000-meter run.
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