Mayhew Leads IU in Season Opener
Dec. 7, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field opened its season with the Hoosier Open. Zach Mayhew highlighted the meet for IU, taking second in the elite men's 5,000, and Kelsey Duerksen won the women's 5,000, taking the top spot on the national list.
Mayhew finished second in an elite 5,000m race, clocking a time of 13:51.79. All six finishers in the race were faster than the collegiate leader entering the weekend, putting Mayhew second on the national list in the young season. Mayhew's time is a two-second improvement on his career best and ranks fifth in IU history.
Freshman Cornelius Strickland made a splash in his collegiate debut, winning the 60 meters in 6.87 seconds. The time ranks 10th in IU history. The Gary, Ind., native led an all IU finish as Nick Turner was second in 6.91 and Tyler Sult was third in 6.99.
Sophomore Brie Roller took the win in the women's 500m, clocking a time of 1:14.89 that was 1.22 seconds faster than the rest of the field. The Hoosiers took the top five spots in the event. The Brooklyn native also ran the third leg on IU's winning 4x400m relay which finished in 3:54.04.
IU won the men's 4x400m relay as well, getting a time of 3:18.05 out of Reggie Smith, Cortland Etgen, Lance Roller and Nathan Pierre-Louis. Roller, a fifth-year transfer, teamed with the three freshman to knock off the field by 1.42 seconds. Roller also took second in the men's 1,000m in 2:26.56, and Pierre-Louis was third in the 500m by just .32 seconds.
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