March 1, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
Indiana's distance medley relay team entered the weekend ranked second nationally. With 12 teams advancing, the Hoosiers could have stayed home, but head coach Ron Helmer decided to go and protect their spot, and ever was he right. The top 16 teams at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational all ran faster than the national leader. The Hoosiers took 11th, and punched their ticket to Fayetteville, Ark., for next weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships.
The quartet of Rorey Hunter, Nathan Pierre-Louis, Lance Roller and Andy Bayer ran 9:31.11, for third in the final heat of three, taking 11th place overall. Hunter led off in 2:54.9 over the first 1,200m before handing off to Pierre-Louis, who clocked a split of 47.7 on the 400m leg. Roller was up next, clocking a 1:48.8 over 800, and he handed off to Bayer, whose 3:59.4 was enough to run another week. The time of 9:31.11 ranks fourth in IU history. This will mark IU's fifth-straight trip to NCAAs in the DMR.
Scott Houston won the men's pole vault, clearing 5.17m (16-11.5). He got one attempt at 5.42m (17-9.25), the likely height necessary for NCAA qualification, after missing twice at 5.32m, but he missed on the attempt.
At the Arkansas Final Qualifier, Emma Kimoto won the women's high jump, clearing 1.78m (5-10). She got three attempts at 1.84m (6-0.5), the likely NCAA qualifying height, but missed all three.
The Hoosiers will continue action at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday, taking one last chance at NCAA qualifying.. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.