Indiana track and field returns to Bloomington for the home finale of the 2013 indoor season this weekend, the Hoosier Hills Invitational. The meet should be exciting with lots of top teams in town and invitational races scheduled both days. Friday's action begins at 5 p.m. ET, with the invitational sections of the distance medley relay running at 5:40. All field events will be contested on Friday. Saturday is a shortened, action-packed schedule consisting of only invitational sections and short-sprint finals. Action begins at 10:35 a.m. and will conclude with the invitational men's 3,000 meters at noon.
Indiana will field distance medley relays for the first time this season. At the meet last year, the Hoosier men ran the world's fifth-fastest indoor DMR of all-time. IU also qualified Ben Hubers for the NCAA 3,000 meters in the meet, as he ran an automatic qualifying time.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana track and field competed at the Meyo Invitational last weekend. Scott Houston led the way for the Hoosiers, winning the pole vault with a Big Ten-best clearance. The Hoosiers also got a win in the high jump from Darius King.
Houston cleared 5.40m (17-8.5) for the win in the invitational pole vault. His clearance is tied for eighth in Division I this season and the lead in the Big Ten. The fifth-year senior transfer moved to fifth all-time in the IU records.
King won the high jump in his season debut, clearing 2.12m (6-11.5), winning by two inches. The junior ranks eighth in the Big Ten after his first competition of the season.
Nick Stoner ran a time of 6.82 seconds in the finals of the 60m dash, to take fourth place. His time of 6.80 in the semifinals on Friday ranks fourth in the Big Ten this season.
Andy Bayer took third in the Meyo Invitational Mile, clocking a time of 4:00.20, which was just .03 out of second place. Nolan Fife was eighth in 4:03.99. Fife's time is a three-second improvement on his lifetime best. Erica Ridderman clocked a time of 9:54.42 for second in the open women's 3,000m.
Sydney Clute took fifth in the women's invitational pole vault, clearing 3.90m (12-9.5), matching her season and career best mark.
Adam Behnke took sixth in the invitational 3,000 meters, clocking a time of 8:12.60, putting himself within a second of the top-eight spots in the Big Ten this season.
Sophie Gutermuth took second in the pole vault, clearing 3.85m (12-7.5). Her clearance matches her career best and ranks among the top eight in the Big Ten this season.
Nathan Pierre-Louis took second in the 500 meters, clocking a time of 1:04.29. His time ranks seventh in IU history and was just .18 out of first.
Emma Kimoto cleared 1.73m (5-8) to tie for second in the high jump. The clearance matched her season best, which is tied for fourth in the Big Ten.
Brie Roller took fourth in the women's 500m with a time of 1:15.26.
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