Hoosiers Finish Invite Strong
Jan. 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in day two of the Gladstein Invitational on Saturday in Bloomington. Day two included 21 events after 29 on day one of the invitational.
The men's team saw great success on Friday recording ten career best marks, 16 top five finishes, six top three finishes, and a first place finish in one event. Saturday was much of the same as the Hoosiers recorded nine career bests, 13 top five finishes, seven top three finishes, and three first place finishes.
Senior Marcus Thigpen improved his season best mark in the 60m on the way to a first place finish in the event. His time of 6.85 seconds is just .08 slower than his career best and just .11 off of the provisional qualifying time of 6.74 seconds. Junior Wil Glover finished just .06 seconds behind Thigpen for second place in the event, and senior Jacob Moylan joined his two teammates in the top five, finishing in 6.97 for fifth place. A fourth Hoosier, freshman Devin Pipkin finished seventh in the event.
Freshman De'Sean Turner recorded a career best time of 1:52.36 en route to a victory in the 800m run. Turner was more than a full second ahead of the other competitors in the event. Junior Evan Bardach and sophomore Todd Leone finished in sixth and seventh respectively, with only .12 seconds separating the teammates. Sophomore Seth Ball also recorded a career best in the event with a time of 2:00.13.
Junior John Gunnell reeled in a third place finish for the Hoosiers with a career best time of 1:21.19 in the 600m run. Sophomore Daniel Palmer also recorded a career best in the event. His time of 1:24.49 was good enough for eighth place.
In the 4X400 relay, Palmer joined seniors Ryan Smith and Doug Dayhoff and junior Martin Stephen in a third place performance, recording a time of 3:18.40. Gunnell joined Turner, Moylan, and Bardach in the relay as well, finishing in 3:23.07, which was good enough for fifth place.
Sophomore Jared Nuxoll finished fourth in the high jump, clearing a height of 2.05m. The mark put him into a three-way tie for third, which saw Nuxoll finish fourth after tie-breakers were put into effect.
Junior Blayne Burkholder cleared 4.90m in the pole vault, which is just five centimeters short of his career best of 4.95. His effort was good for fourth place.
Sophomore Matt Schmitz recorded two career bests in the three events of the Heptathlon that took place on Saturday. He recorded a career best clearance of 3.35m in the pole vault and won the 1100m run with a career best time of 2:41.37. The two career bests made five for the invitational after the three he had on Friday. The marks also resulted in a career best of 4412 points in the Heptathlon and a fifth place finish.
Sophomore Paul Haas finished in fifth place in the shot put. His mark of 15.65m was just four centimeters short of the fourth place finisher and only one centimeter short of his career best of 15.66.
Two Hoosiers recorded career bests in the 200m dash. Pipkin finished in 22.34 seconds, and Stephen finished in 22.70 seconds.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Feb. 1 in the Indiana Relays, which will be hosted in Bloomington at the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday.
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