IU Record for Ahbe, Auto Qualifier for Bayer to Close at Meyo
Feb. 4, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Indiana track and field closed out competition at the Meyo Invitational with an NCAA Auto time and a school record. Kelsie Ahbe took the win in the pole vault with a new IU record clearance, and Andy Bayer ran an automatic qualifying time in the 3,000 meters.
Ahbe cleared 4.21m (13-9.75) to win the pole vault. The clearance is a school record, surpassing the most accomplished vaulter in school history, Vera Neuenswander, by a half inch. Ahbe moves to the lead in the Big Ten this season and into the nation's top 10.
Bayer took second in the 3,000m. At 7:50.23, Bayer automatically qualified himself into the NCAA meet. The time is among the top 10 in DI this year. He has run under eight minutes twice this season, and is the only Big Ten runner to do so this season. He leads the conference by more than 10 seconds. Ben Hubers finished third in 8:00.44. Hubers' time is the second best in the Big Ten this season.
De'Sean Turner moved past IU legend Jim Spivey on IU's all-time list in the 800 meters with his fourth-place finish. He clocked a time of 1:49.73, which is good for third in IU history. He is the fourth runner to get under 1:50 indoors in school history. He is now within .15 of the IU indoor record.
Olu Olamigoke won the men's triple jump with a career best of 15.72m (51-7). The mark is the eighth best in IU history, ranks fourth in the Big Ten and is among the top 15 in Division I this season.
Darius King cleared 2.13m (6-11.75) for third in high jump, moving into seventh in the Big Ten this season. He is now just one centimeter off his career best.
Freshman Shawntanay Johnson took 11th in the finals of the 60m dash, matching her career best in the process with a time of 7.71 seconds, which ranks seventh in IU history.
The Hoosiers return to Bloomington to host the Hoosier Hills Invitational next weekend. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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