Relays Shine On Last Day at Gladstein Invite
Jan. 21, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana closed out the Gladstein Invitational on Saturday, finishing the meet in a flurry with eight wins, including a pair of impressive relay wins.
IU dominated the women's 4x800m relay, winning by 8.39 seconds. The time of 8:51.74, was just two seconds off the Gladstein Fieldhouse record that was set in 1988. Chelsea Blanchard, Caitlin Engel, Breanne Ehrman and Kelsey Duerksen combined for the fifth-fastest 4x800 in IU history. Engel clocked a split of 2:12.5, while Ehrman provided a split of 2:11.3 and Duerksen closed the race with a split of 2:11.4.
The men's 4x400m relay of Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Ryan Hindes took the win, clocking a time of 3:14.65. The third fastest time in the Big Ten this year, the relay was nearly a second faster than the next best time.
Aireonna Bailey won the 200m Invitational in 24.70 seconds, a season best by .14. She also took third in the 60m in a time of 7.71, which is also a best on the season for the junior. Shawntanay Johnson finished in 7.83 for sixth in the 60 meters. Johnson's time is the 10th fastest in IU History.
De'Sean Turner won the men's 800m invitational in 1:51.75, and Ryan Hindes took the open 800 title in 1:53.34.
After taking the collegiate title in the triple jump on Friday, Olamigoke won the long jump on Saturday with a lea of 6.96m (22-10). Travis Jauregui won the men's high jump, clearing 2.03m (6-8). He tied with three other jumpers and took the win on number of misses. The clearance added 1.25 inches to his career best.
Samantha Gwin won the women's 600m invitational, clocking a time of 1:34.28. She was nearly a second better than the second-place finisher. In the women's 800m invitational, Ruth Christopher took third in 2:11.17, which is good for second in the Big Ten this season, and ranks 10th nationally.
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