March 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
Day one of the NCAA Indoor Championships saw the Hoosiers compete in just one event, the men's distance medley relay. Indiana scored in the event for the fifth-straight season, taking fourth place after Andy Bayer clocked the fastest anchor leg of all competitors. Bayer is now a four time All-American in the event, becoming Indiana's first four-time indoor All-American in a single event. After the first day, the Hoosier men are tied for 17th place with five points.
Bayer's anchor leg was 1.87 seconds faster than any other team's, but the deficit was a bit too much to make up as IU finished fourth in 9:34.30, the ninth-best time in IU history. Bayer ran the 1,600m leg in 3:58.86, the only sub-four split out of the 12 teams in the race. Indiana has now posted an All-America finish in the distance medley relay in five straight seasons, and Bayer has anchored the last four, becoming Indiana's first four-time indoor All-American in any single event. The Hoosiers finished just .30 out of second place and .09 out of third. The Hoosiers got a 2:57.02 split from Rorey Hunter on the leadoff leg, a 48.03 400m split from Nathan Pierre-Louis and a collision in the exchange zone slowed Lance Roller to 1:50.41 on the 800m leg. Bayer got the baton in ninth place.
Bayer will run in the 3,000m final on Saturday at 7:55 p.m. CT.
Action concludes at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, when Bayer, Kyla Buckley, Derek Drouin and Zach Mayhew will compete for the Hoosiers. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.