April 27, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -
Indiana track and field came just short of winning its first Penn Relays Championship of America plaque in 58 years on Friday, taking second in the men's distance medley relay. IU advanced to the Championship of America in the men's 4x200 meters, and Kind Butler advanced to the finals of the men's 100 meter dash.
In the Men's Distance Medley Relay Championship of America, the Hoosiers came up a hair short, finishing .23 behind Princeton for second place. Indiana finished in 9:42.68, which is the ninth-best outdoor time in IU history. The Hoosiers got a great 400m leg from Chris Vaughn (46.5). Vaughn's carry was the second-best in the race, out of 15 teams. De'Sean Turner opened in 3:00.6 for 1,200 meters, Danny Stockberger took the baton from Vaughn and went 800m in 1:49.5, and Andy Bayer ran 4:06.1 in what proved to be a very tactical 1,600m leg, which led to the top six teams all finishing within .83 of each other.
After a dropped baton in the 4x100m relay, Tyler Sult, Butler, Vaughn and Nick Stoner rebounded to make the Championship of America final in the 4x200m relay. The Hoosiers won the fourth heat in 1:24.73. Stoner brought the crowd of 39,531 people to their feet with his anchor leg, outrunning Jeffery Lewis of North Carolina A&T by .07 seconds. The Hoosiers are the only team from north of the Mason-Dixon Line to make the final, as they will run against UTech (Jamaica), Texas A&M, Hampton, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Savannah State and A&T in the final. IU makes the 4x200 final for the second consecutive year.
Butler came back onto the track an hour later for the men's 100m dash, taking second in his heat and posting the third best time in the preliminaries. His time of 10.43 advances him to a Saturday final with a coveted Penn Relays watch on the line.
Taja Moore took fifth in the women's championship discus, recording a heave of 48.13m (157-10).
Action concludes on Saturday at the Penn Relays, and IU is schedule to compete in 10 events. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.