Strong Start for IU at Gladstein Invitational
Jan. 18, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field won six events, advanced six to Saturday finals and holds the top two spots in the men's heptathlon on day one of the Gladstein Invitational. Scott Houston, Kelsey Duerksen and Courtney Woodard led the charge for the Hoosiers, while Dylan Anderson and Matt Gerbick put themselves in the top two spots in the heptathlon.
Houston cleared 5.20m (17-0.75) to win the pole vault. His clearance is the ninth best in IU history and ties him for second in the Big Ten this season.
Duerksen took the win in the invitational 3,000 meters, clocking a time of 9:20.56, which ranks third on the Division I list this season and tops in the Big Ten. Samantha Ginther was second in 9:23.14, putting herself fourth in DI and second in the Big Ten. The two times are fifth and seventh all-time respectively in the IU record books.
Woodard won the pentathlon with a score of 3,795, which is a 134 point improvement on her career best and ranks fifth in the IU record books. Woodard's score is the fourth-best in the nation this season and is tops in the Big Ten.
Zach Mayhew was second in the 3,000m invitational, finishing as the top collegiate. His time of 8:02.73 is the top time in the nation on the young season. Robby Nierman finished fourth in 8:08.28, posting the Big Ten's second-best time.
Emma Kimoto cleared a season best 1.73m (5-8) for second in the women's high jump. Her mark ties her for second on the Big Ten list this season.
Nolan Fife won the open men's mile in 4:07.11, and Evan Esselink won the open men's 3,000 meters in 8:15.56.
Anderson finished day one of his first ever heptathlon with the leading score of 2,885. He posted the best mark overall in the long jump at 6.86m (22-6.25). Gerbick was right behind him with 2,860 points in second. He took the win in the high jump at 2.06m (6-9). They will compete in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m on Saturday.
Cornelius Strickland, Nick Turner and Tyler Sult all advanced to Saturday's final in the men's 60 meters. Shawntanay Johnson advanced in the women's 60m as well. In the hurdles, Shona Dunkley advanced for the women and Zach Bray advanced for the men.
Indiana closes out action at the Gladstein Invitational on Saturday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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