Bayer Runs Collegiate Leader in 3,000m
Jan. 20, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - It didn't end up quite as fast as expected, but the 3,000m Invitational still produced the two fastest times in the world and the nation's top seven times in Division I this season. Andy Bayer led the Hoosiers on day one at the Gladstein Invitational, with the second-best time in the world in the 3,000 meters, and the top time in Division I. Indiana also advanced numerous runners and hurdlers to Saturday finals.
Bayer was the top collegiate in the invitational 3,000 and finished second to Matt Elliott of Team Indiana Elite. Bayer's time of 7:58.85 tops the NCAA Division I list this season. After a slow early pace to start the race squashed any chance of a record-breaking race, Bayer hung on for his third-career sub-eight-minute 3,000. The two heat invitational produced the top six times in Division I this season, and IU's Ben Hubers (8:01.75), Andrew Poore (8:07.18), De'Sean Turner (8:09.98) and Evan Esselink (8:11.23) rank second, fourth, fifth and seventh nationally after the race. Esselink won the slower heat of the invitational to take 10th overall, beating four runners from the fast heat and cutting nearly 21 seconds off his career best in the 3K.
In the men's 60m dash, Kind Butler, Nick Turner, Tyler Sult and IU alum Devin Pipkin advanced to Saturday's final. Butler recovered from an early stumble to post a time of 6.80 for the second-best qualifying time. Pipkin was fifth in the prelims, while Turner were 10th and Sult was 12th. Butler and Pipkin will run in the fast section of the two-heat final on Saturday.
In the women's 60m dash, Aireonna Bailey and La Toya Williams advanced to the fast heat of the finals, and Shawntanay will run in the second heat of the final. Bailey's time of 7.78 was fourth-best in the prelims, while Williams (7.81) and Johnson (7.83) were seventh and ninth.
Logan Griffith and Shona Dunkley advanced to the finals in the men's and women's hurdles respectively. Griffith clocked a time of 8.58, while Dunkley finished in 9.01. IU alum and assistant coach Abbie Norton had the top advancing time of 8.67, and will run in the fast heat on Saturday.
The women's 3,000m invitational was entertaining as well, as it produced the eighth, ninth and 11th best times in DI this season. Kelsey Duerksen finished in 9:30.83 for second behind Eastern Kentucky's Lydia Kosgei. And Breanne Ehrman finished in 9:32.77 for fifth. Kosgei, Duerksen and Ehrman rank eighth, ninth and 11th in Division I.
Courtney Woodard took second in the pentathlon, posting a score of 3,661, which ranks sixth in IU history. She added career bests of 8.77 seconds in the hurdles and 1.61m (5-3.25) in the high jump on the day. Her time in the hurdles ranks ninth in IU history. Ann-Marie Clarke was fourth in the pentathlon, scoring 3,440 points in her first collegiate multi. Clarke's score is the eighth best in IU history.
In the men's triple jump, IU alum Aarik Wilson won with a jump of 15.99m (52-5.5), and Olu Olamigoke was second at 15.43m (50-7.5). Kelsie Ahbe took second in the pole vault, clearing 3.87m (12-8.25), and Sophie Gutermuth cleared 3.77m (12-4.5) for third. Fabrina Espinoza was second in the women's triple jump, with a mark of 11.61m (38-1.25).
The Hoosiers return to 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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