Hoosiers Represent Big Ten in Challenge
Jan. 19, 2008
BLOOMINTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers took part in the SEC Big Ten Challenge on Saturday.The meet pitted four Big Ten schools against five SEC schools. The meet score after all events saw the SEC come out on top, 187 to 156.
The Indiana men's team performed well, getting eleven top-three finishes including four first place finishes, against the SEC opponents that included No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Florida on the men's side. Also, the Hoosiers recorded 13 career bests on the day.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was Senior Kyle Jenkins, who won two events on the day. A week after reaching the provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump in a first place effort at the Indiana Open, the All-American again won the triple jump event with a leap of 15.38m (50-5 ½ ), which was just .02m short of the reaching the provisional mark again. Jenkins also won the long jump event with a leap of 6.89m (22-7 ¼), besting Brendan Ames of Kentucky by .03m.
The other two first place finishes by the Hoosiers were at the feet of junior Tyler McCreary. His effort in the mile run at a time of 4:10.71 was just .32 seconds longer than his previous career best of 4:10.39. He was followed in by freshman De'Sean Turner who finished third in the event, recording a career best time of 4:13.32.
McCreary and Turner then teamed up with senior Brennon Plotner and junior Evan Bardach to win the 4X800 Meter Relay. The team finished in 7:43.69, nearly 2 seconds ahead of the second place Illinois squad.
Junior Kyle Lechlitner matched his career best in the pole vault in his second place effort. His vault of 4.70m (15-5) was good enough for second place. Lechlitner previously vaulted the height at the Indiana Open on Jan. 6, 2007.
Sophomore Chris Sackmann reached a career best in the 60m hurdles for the second straight week. After finishing the event in a winning effort last week in 8.10 seconds, Sackmann finished in 8.06 for a third place finish on Saturday. Sackmann continues to close the gap between his time and the provisional qualifying time of 7.91 seconds.
Juniors Jordan Kyle and Tim McLeod finished second and third, respectively, in the 3000 meter run. Kyle finished in 8:21.44 seconds, and McLeod's time of 8:24.81 is a new career best.
Junior Evan Bardach finished just 1.27 seconds behind race-winner Gary Miller in the 800m run for a third place finish. His time of 1:54.67 was less than a second more than his career best of 1:53.69.
Sophomore Patrick Dalton had a career day in the field, as he threw career bests in both the weight throw and the shot put. His distance of 15.99m (52-5 ½) was .59m better than his previous best in the weight throw. In the shot put he joined three teammates in recording career best in the event. His heave of 16.28 (53-5) greatly improved on his career best of 15.40m. The meet marked the second straight week in which Dalton had improved his career best in both events.
Sophomore Paul Haas threw a career best in the shot put with a heave of 15.66m (51-4 ½). Fellow sophomores Matt Schmitz and Chris Sackmann each threw career bests as well in the event. Schmitz's toss was an improvement of .68m on his previous career mark.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, as they will host the Gladstein Invitational. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday and is an open event. It will be hosted at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
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