Track & Field

    Florida Relays, Stanford Invite Next Up for #IUTF12

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Rex Parker
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Rex Parker
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 4, 2012

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    Big meets have been the norm so far this Outdoor season for the Hoosiers and this weekend is no different. IU heads to Gainesville to compete at the Florida Relays, and several distance runners head to Palo Alto, where they will compete at the Stanford Invitational. IU will again compete with many of the best in the nation.

    The Florida Relays will put all of IU's track athletes into open events on day one and relays on day two. Highlighting the relays for the Hoosiers will be IU's 4x100m relay, as the Hoosiers will put the top quartet on the track for the first time this season. Others to watch include high jumpers Darius King and Derek Drouin, who will compete with Florida's Dwight Barbiasz and Mississippi's Ricky Robertson, who have both finished as NCAA runners-up in the high jump, and Olu Olamigoke and Rex Parker, who will compete with NCAA Indoor Triple Jump champion Omar Craddock of Florida.

    The Stanford Invitational churns out national-level times in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters each and every year. The nation's best travel to Palo Alto each year in search of ideal conditions and a race conducive to running a lifetime best.

    Both meets will be covered by Check out the Track and Field fan site for race videos, interviews and other coverage from both meets.

    The Hoosiers competed at the Texas Relays and at the Poehlein Invitational at Purdue last weekend.

    In Texas, Darius King took second in the men's high jump, clearing 2.18m (7-1.75) and Derek Drouin was third with a clearance of 2.15m (7-0.5). King's clearance moves him into fourth on IU's all-time list.

    Kelsie Ahbe cleared a season best 4.25m (13-11.25) in the women's pole vault for eighth place. The junior leads the Big Ten this season.

    Olu Olamigoke hopped skipped and jumped 15.58m (51-1.5) for fourth in the triple jump. Rex Parker took sixth in the competition with a career best 15.40m (50-6.25).

    Kind Butler also competed in Texas, narrowly missing out on the finals of the 100 meters with a time of 10.42. He was just .01 out of the last spot in the final. He is now within .19 of his lifetime best.

    In West Lafayette, Galos took second in the men's hammer, posting a huge lifetime best of 59.97m (196-9). The mark is 13 feet and five inches better than his previous career best and ranks fifth in IU history. Galos followed that with a win in the discus. The senior won by nearly three feet with a heave of 49.86m (163-7).

    In the women's hammer throw, Monique Riddick took second place with a heave of 50.62m (166-1), and Kyla Buckley was fourth at 49.51m (162-8). Buckley's throw ranks eighth in IU history. Taja Moore was tenth at 47.39m (155-6), which ranks 10th on IU's all-time list.

    The women's discus saw Taja Moore take second at 45.78m (150-2). Monique Riddick was third in the women's shot put (14.85m (48-8.75)) and M.J. Doan was fifth (14.17m (46-6)).




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