IU 4x100 Advances, Bayer Splits 3:55
April 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Indiana track and field competed at the Penn Relays on Friday and IU had a good day, qualifying for the Championship of America in the 4x100m relay, getting a second place finish from Derek Messmer in the pole vault, taking third in the shuttle hurdles Championship of America, and getting an incredible 3:55.6 anchor from Andy Bayer for fourth in the Distance Medley Relay Championship of America.
For the third-straight year, Indiana has advanced to the Championship of America in a sprint relay, as Nick Turner, Cornelius Strickland, Chris Vaughn and Nick Stoner ran 40.80 in the 4x100m relay prelims to take the last of eight qualifying spots for the final. The group will run in the Championship of America at 1:25 p.m. ET on Saturday.
In the men's Distance Medley Championship of America, Bayer anchored the Hoosiers to the second-best time in school history, 9:29.02. Bayer's anchor split of 3:55.6 is the 14th fastest in Penn Relays history and was three seconds faster than any other anchor in the race. Bayer received the baton eight seconds behind the top three teams and finished less than five seconds out of the win, and two seconds out of second and third place. IU's time of 9:29.02 is faster than the winning times in the event at Penn Relays in every season since 2005. The other splits on the relay saw Zach Mayhew got 1200m in 2:57.3, Chris Vaughn run a 46.6 400m and Jordan Gornall run 1:49.5 in the 800.
IU took third in the men's Shuttle Hurdles Championship of America, clocking a time of 59.43 with a quartet of Derek Drouin, Zach Bray, Dylan Anderson and Stephen Keller. Drouin will compete in the championship section of the high jump on Saturday.
Derek Messmer took second in the college section of the men's pole vault, clearing 4.95m (16-2.75).
Indiana was 10th in the prelims of the 4x200m relay, missing the Championship of America final by two spots and .29 seconds. Strickland, Vaughn, Stoner and Nathan Pierre Louis ran a time of 1:25.09.
The Hoosiers conclude action on Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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