Mayhew and Poore Win on Day One at Penn
April 26, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Indiana track and field got two champions and a runner-up on day one at the Penn Relays. Andrew Poore took the title in the 3,000m steeplechase, winning by five seconds, and Zach Mayhew won the 5,000 meters by more than eight seconds. Monique Riddick finished second in the shot put.
Mayhew won the men's 5,000m by more than eight seconds, clocking a time of 13:53.94. With 600 meters to go, Mayhew dropped the field, putting eight seconds between himself and his closest competitor. Mayhew is IU's second Penn Relays champion in the event, joining Fred Wilt who won in 1941. Mayhew's time is the 10th fastest in IU history.
Poore took the win in the men's 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 8:43.52 to win by five seconds. Poore took the lead with three laps to go and steadily pulled away from second-place finisher Travis Mahoney of Temple. Poore is IU's first Penn Relays champion in the event since 1999, when current volunteer assistant coach and steeplechase coach Tom Chorny won. IU has now won four titles in the steeplechase, as Tom Deckard won back-to-back titles in 1937 and 1938. The four titles by Indiana are second to only Tennessee (6) and Abilene Christian (5).
Riddick took second in the championship section of the women's shot put. She had a heave of 15.99m (52-5.5), which was just four centimeters out of first. In the college section, M.J. Doan took fifth with a career best throw of 15.29m (50-2). Doan's mark is the 10th-best in IU history.
Kelsie Ahbe cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) to tie for second in the women's championship pole vault, but she took third via tiebreakers. Ahbe finishes second in the event for the second-straight season.
Emma Kimoto was fourth in the women's college high jump, clearing 1.75m (5-8.75). She tied for second on height and took fourth based on misses.
Helene DeLone took fifth in the women's championship 10,000 meters, clocking a 37-second PR. She clocked a time of 35:38.17.
In the women's distance medley relay Championship of America, IU ran 11:16.09. Breanne Ehrman, Brie Roller, Jordan Gray and Kelsey Duerksen combined for the fastest outdoor time in IU history. The time is the second-best all-time, behind IU's indoor record from 2010.
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