Hoosiers Compete In Indiana Open
Jan. 12, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana track and field teams opened the 2008 indoor season as they hosted the Indiana Open on January 12, 2008 at Gladstein Fieldhouse.
Leading the men's team was sophomore high jumper Jared Nuxoll who started off the new season with an career best jump of 2.10m on his way to winning the event, eclipsing his previous mark of 2.02m which he set at the meet in 2007. He narrowly missed the NCAA Provisional mark of 2.14m in his last attempt.
Sophomore Chris Sackmann similarly bested his career record of 8.13 in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.10 in the event final. The time was enough to get him first place in the event, finishing .07 seconds ahead of the competition. Sackmann later ran the men's 4X400m relay team with junior Martin Stephen, freshman De'Sean Turner and sophomore Daniel Palmer. The group placed second with a time of 3:19.99, which was just .36 seconds behind Illinois who won the event.
The 4X400 was Palmer's second run of 400 meters on the day, the first of which earned him a second place finish in the 400m event. His time of 50.04 was less than .5 seconds over his personal best in the event of 49.59.
Junior Wil Glover ran to second place in the 60m dash with a time of 6.88 which is just .08 seconds over his career best of 6.80. Also, senior Keith Heerdegen and freshman Devin Pipkin finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 meter dash. For Heerdegen, his time of 22.17 seconds was just shy of his career best of 21.65.
In the 600 meter run, junior Martin Stephen recorded his career best with a time of 1:20.75, shattering his previous best of 1:23.30. His great time was just .20 seconds behind Gary Miller of Illinois for second place.
Senior Paul Fearnow placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 17.51m. The heave was just .46 meters short of the winning throw by Andrew Hackney of Louisville. Sophomore Patrick Dalton beat his career best in the shot put with a toss of 15.94m, besting the previous mark of 15.76m. The toss was good enough to earn Dalton second place.
All-American junior Kyle Jenkins finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 15.49, which was only .37m short of his career best indoors. The effort did surpass the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 15.40.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday when they compete at Gladstein Fieldhouse again in the Big Ten-SEC Challenge.
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