Home Opener this Weekend for Track and Field
April 19, 2012
The Polytan Invitational marks the first home meet of the outdoor season for Indiana track and field. The Hoosiers will host the two day meet on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the home contest, four IU steeplechasers will run at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., on Friday.
Races of note this weekend at the Polytan Invitational include both 1,500s, where Kelsey Duerksen, Andy Bayer and Danny Stockberger will be looking to post times that place them among the nation's elite (those races are at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday), the men's 400m, where Kind Butler and Chris Vaughn will look to run elite times after both posting fast performances a week ago, and the men's 800m, where IU's Joe Holahan, Ryan Hindes and De'Sean Turner will take the track looking to move up the national ranking and earn a spot on IU's relays next week at Penn. In the field events, Friday puts Derek Drouin on high jump approach for the third time this season in his return from injury, and the women's throws provide Monique Riddick and Kyla Buckley with the opportunity to build on PR's from a week ago.
Adrien Dannemiller, Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Andrew Weatherford will run at Princeton. They will look to move up the national list, and Tom Chorny's school record of 8:30.97 could be in their crosshairs.
LAST TIME OUT
IU dominated in the 1,500-meter races. On the women's side, Kelsey Duerksen won in a time of 4:19.81. In the men's race, IU went 1-2-3. De'Sean Turner won in 3:46.22, Andy Weatherford was second in 3:46.64 and Zach Mayhew was third in 3:47.98.
Vaughn won the 200 in 21.03. Vaughn then anchored a relay team with Stoner, Sult, and Ryan Hindes to second in the 4x400m relay with a season best time of 3:11.41. Vaughn's split on the anchor was a blazing 45.7 seconds.
Nolan Fife won the men's 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 9:03.39.
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