Jan. 24, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers won seven events on day two of the Gladstein Invite, for a total of eleven wins over two days. In addition to the victories on day two, the Hoosiers reeled in an IU record, the second on the meet, a Gladstein Fieldhouse record and nineteen top-three finishes. Senior Molly Beckwith led the way for the Hoosiers, recording the fastest time in the 600m run in the history of Gladstein Fieldhouse and IU women's track and field.
Beckwith scorched the track in the 600m run invitational, finishing in 1:29.16. She finished more than a second and a half faster than the second place runner, and .3 seconds faster than Celeste Halliday's Gladstein Fieldhouse record that had stood since 1992. She also moves into first all-time at Indiana, surpassing Hilary Bruening on the all-time list. She bettered the previous record by .89 seconds. Beckwith also led the 4x400m relay to victory.
Despite her team trailing on the last lap of the third leg, Beckwith was able to overtake the Western Michigan anchor and distance herself for a 1.6 second victory. Beckwith was helped by a good setup from freshman Ann-Marie Clarke, who brought the race to somewhat of a dead heat at the exchange for the anchor leg. Beckwith brought it home. Clarke and Beckwith were joined by senior Audrey Smoot and freshman Aireonna Bailey.
In the pole vault, senior Jeff Coover improved his provisional qualifying mark by five centimeters. His previous mark stood at 5.20m, and he took first place in the event by a foot and two inches with his clearance of 5.25m (17-2.75). The mark moves Coover into sixth place on the national list and is the second best in the Big Ten.
Also winning events on the day for IU were sophomore Andy Weatherford in the 800m run invitational (1:53.21), Weatherford and fellow sophomores De'Sean Turner and Jacob Laird and senior Evan Bardach in the 4x800m relay (7:43.10), junior Jared Nuxoll in the high jump (2.05m (6-8.75)), and Ben Stephen, who won the collegiate championship in the shot put (17.62m), finishing only behind professional thrower Cory Martin.
The Hoosiers return to action on Jan. 30-31, when they host the Indiana Relays. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to www. IUHoosiers.com.