Meyo Invitational Next Up for IU Track & Field
Feb. 6, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coming off two consecutive and successful meets at home the Hoosiers travel to Notre Dame this weekend for the Meyo Invitational Feb. 7-8 at the Loftus Sports Center.
Competition gets underway at 4:00 p.m. on Friday where the Hoosiers will have athletes in the long jump and high jump. At 8:10 p.m. the always-competitive Distance Medley Relays will be contested with IU fielding a men’s and women’s team to compete in the event.
On Saturday competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. and one of the featured events will be the men’s and women’s Meyo Mile. Last year all 11 entrants in the men’s Meyo Mile ran under 4:10, including IU’s Nolan Fife, who finished eighth in a career-best time of 4:03.99. Fife will run the Meyo Mile again this year along with teammate Rorey Hunter. Samantha Ginther will run the women’s Meyo Mile for the Hoosiers.
The Meyo Field in the Loftus Center is a 320 meter Mondo track, which usually produces fast times.
IU is coming off the Indiana Relays which saw them set 46 indoor personal records at Gladstein Fieldhouse last weekend.
Redshirt junior J.R. Ricker, earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week as he ran the top time in the Big Ten and third best time in the NCAA as he crossed the finish line in 14:07.55 for first-place in the 5,000m race. Senior Erica Ridderman also ran a Big Ten leading time in the 5K and 21st in the NCAA in 16:57.39. Freshman Amanda Behnke took 18 seconds off her career-best in the 5K as she finished fourth in 16:59.33. Her time is second in the Big Ten behind Ridderman and 22nd on the NCAA list.
Redshirt sophomore Sarah Maxson set a lifetime best in the high jump as she finished third overall and was the second-place collegiate with a clearance of 1.78m (5’-10.25”). Her mark was the best in the Big Ten this season and the 21st best mark in the NCAA. Maxson’s mark is also the fourth best in school history for the event.
The Hoosiers got two other career-best performances in field events on the day as freshman Drew Volz won the pole vault with a clearance of 5.25m (17’-2.75”). In the women’s pole vault redshirt sophomore Sophie Gutermuth cleared a career-best height of 4.05m (13’-3.50”). For Volz he now has the ninth best mark in school history and for Gutermuth it is the fourth best in school history.
Following the Meyo Invitational the Hoosiers will be back at home to host their final indoor meet of the season with the Hoosier Hills Invitational, Feb. 14-15 at Gladstein Fieldhouse.
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