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February 12, 2003

Boberg among nation’s best

University of Southern Indiana freshman high jumper Abby Boberg (Bicknell, Indiana) is ranked second in the latest NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Performance List. Boberg’s school-record leap of 5 feet 8 inches, at the Tiger Invitational in Greencastle, Indiana, is less than two inches away from an automatic qualifying mark.

“We are fortunate to have an athlete of Abby’s caliber here at USI,” USI head coach Mike Hillyard said. “She definitely takes our track program in a new and exciting direction.

“The exciting thing about Abby’s qualifying jump is the fact that she is not top shape yet,” Hillyard continued. “The high jump is a tricky event. If you rush training, then you end up with a flat, fatigued jumper.”

Boberg will compete at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle this Saturday, February 15. The Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships are Saturday, March 1, and the NCAA II Championships are Friday and Saturday, March 7-8.

“The goal was to get a solid qualifier early,” Hillyard explained. “She achieved that goal. Now the goal is to spend the next four weeks improving her fitness so that she can be ready to jump in the 5 foot 10 inch range at nationals.”

Boberg’s career-best in the high jump is 5 feet 10 inches. The top jump in the nation belongs to Abilene Christian’s Maresa Cadienhead. Cadienhead jumped 6 feet 1.5 inches.

Dan McDonnell,
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