Day One of Gladstein Invite Comes to a Close
The Gladstein Invitational continues on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers began competition in the Gladstein Invitational at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington on Friday. The event will include over forty teams and over 700 athletes competing Friday and Saturday.
The men's team saw great success on Friday. The team recorded ten career best marks on the day. Indiana had 16 men finish in the top five in their respective events, with six top three finishes including a first place finish in one event. Four Hoosier sprinters also qualified for the finals in the 60m dash to be held on Saturday.
Of the qualifiers in the 60m, Senior Marcus Thigpen finished second in the preliminaries with a time of 6.89 seconds, just .02 seconds behind Anthony Cole of Ohio State. Joining Thigpen in the top five in the preliminaries was fellow senior Jacob Moylan, whose time of 6.93 seconds was good enough for fifth. The two other Hoosiers that qualified for the event finals were junior Wil Glover, who finished seventh with a time of 6.98 seconds, and freshman Devin Pipkin, who finished in 7.05 seconds.
The Gladstein Invitational marks the first event of the season for the Hoosiers that includes the Heptathlon. Three Hoosiers are competing in the Heptathlon this weekend. They are senior David Robb and sophomores Matt Schmitz and Chris Sackmann. Four events of the Heptathlon took place on Friday.
The first event, the 60m dash, was good for the Hoosiers as all three Hoosiers recorded career best times in the event and earned upwards of 700 points. Sackmann won the event with a time of 7.13 seconds, which cut .29 seconds off of his previous career record and was good enough for 837 points. Robb finished third in the event with a time of 7.24, shedding .18 seconds off of his previous career best in the 60m and netting him 799 points. Schmitz's time of 7.53 seconds was also a career best and netted him 703 points.
The next event was the long jump which saw career best leaps from Schmitz and Robb, who both finished in the top three. Robb finished second with his jump of 6.33m, which was good for 659 points. Schmitz leapt 6.26m for 644 points, adding .18m to his previous best of 6.08m.
Next up was the shot put, which saw Robb finish in fifth with a toss of 11.17m, good for 556 points. Robb then tied Schmitz in the day's final heptathlon event, for fourth place and 670 points. They both cleared 1.85m. Robb finished the day with 2684 total points, just 128 points behind the leader thus far, Patrick Woods of Ohio State. Schmitz finished with 2565, and Sackmann ended up with 1884.
Sophomore Paul Haas saw a big improvement on his career best in the weight throw on Friday, as his heave of 17.53m was 1.09m further than his previous best of 16.44m, which he threw at the Indiana Open on Jan. 12.
The 400m dash saw several Hoosiers put up good performances on Friday. Senior Doug Dayhoff finished in 48.56 seconds, which was good enough for third place, and junior Martin Stephen's time of 49.16 seconds was good enough for fifth place. Senior Ryan Smith finished in 49.93 seconds, which was just .26 seconds slower than his career best of 49.67 seconds. Two other Hoosiers recorded career bests in the event. They were junior Evan Bardach with a time of 51.41 and senior Jacob Moylan, who finished in 53.20.
Senior Tyler Skelton finished fourth in the triple jump. In the process, he recorded a career best in the event with a distance of 14.10m.
Junior Tyler McCreary finished the Mile run Invitational in the 4:10.96, just .57 slower than his career best of 4:10.39. The time was good enough for fifth place.
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