Men's Track

    Coover, Lawson Win on Day 2 of Gladstein Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Jeff Coover had an NCAA qualifying mark in the pole vault, clearing 5.20 meters.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Jeff Coover had an NCAA qualifying mark in the pole vault, clearing 5.20 meters.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 27, 2007


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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Led by senior Kiwan Lawson and sophomore Jeff Coover, the Indiana Hoosiers had a solid second day of the Gladstein Invitational, hosted by Indiana University.

    Lawson won the long jump with a leap of 7.35 meters. Coover finished first in the pole vault, clearing a personal best 5.20 meters, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

    "We had a good day today," interim head men's track coach Wayne Pate said. "The competition here this weekend has been good. Several individuals improved their personal records, and we look forward to continuing that success next weekend."

    Sophomore Wil Glover ran his best time of the season in the 60-meter dash, coming in second in 6.86. Junior Keith Heerdegen was third in the 200-meter dash, recording a career best time of 21.91. It is Indiana's best time in the event this season.

    "Wil's block start was very good, a number of coaches commented on how quick it was," assistant coach George Freeman said. "If he can run a 6.7 he will be right up there with the best in the Big Ten.



    "Keith is a big man, he has long legs and has a lot of muscle on him. The stronger he gets, the faster he will get. He wanted to run under a 22.00 today, and he is excited that he did that today."

    Others who finished strong included freshman Jared Nuxoll, who cleared 2.01 meters in the high jump to place third, and freshman Eric Werskey, who was fourth in the shot put with a toss of 17.15 meters.

    Other notes of interest on the day include a world record set in the women's weight throw. Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois recorded a toss of 24.57 meters, which bests the previous world record of 24.23 meters, set on Feb. 18, 2005, by Erin Gilreath. Both throws were recorded in Gladstein Fieldhouse.

    "A lot of the athletes are doing some really good things and having some really solid performances," interim head women's track and field coach Judy Wilson said. "They are going out and competing every week and getting better every week. We've had some really great crowds come out to watch them. The place was packed today. Next weekend it's going to be even bigger, we want people to come out to the field house and catch the excitement of IU track and field. This program has such tradition and such history that they really need to come out see it for themselves."

    The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Feb. 2, as they host the Indiana Relays. Events begin at 3 p.m.

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