IU Wraps Up Indiana Open with Seven More Titles
Jan. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up action at the Indiana Open on Jan. 28 in Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers recorded seven first-place finishes and an impressive 17 personal-best performances.
"After last weekend when we did not perform the way we would have liked, we came back this meet and did," Indiana head coach Randy Heisler said. "Doug Dayhoff was four seconds faster this meet than he was in the last one. The best performance of the meet had to be Kyle Jenkins in the triple jump. We are hoping to keep pushing him so he will be really competitive at the conference meet and get qualified for the NCAAs. Marcus Thigpen ran well today. He is getting in better track shape and really running well. The women did a nice job this meet as well. I was happy to see Larra Overton back out there and running strong. Kelly Siefker looked good again this meet. The women's 4x400m relay team keeps improving. Overall, we rested a lot of people but still recorded a bunch of new personal bests. We are looking forward to next weekend's meet. Next weekend will be a very large and competitive meet. At this point, it is our goal to keep getting better and we are doing just that."
Nick Panozzo, the Hoosiers' only heptathlete, opened the day with a personal best fifth-place finish in the 60m hurdles of the heptathlon with a time of 9.26. For the seven-event heptathlon, Panozzo finished in fifth place with 4,497 points.
Larra Overton, in her first meet of the season, claimed a first-place finish in the mile with a personal best time of 5:02.52. In the men's mile, Charlie Keating followed suit with a personal best and first-place time of 4:16.41.
Ryan Ketchum, who met the NCAA's provisional mark last weekend, hurled an event-best 17.11m (56-01.75) in the shot put. Teammate Wil Glover blasted the competition in the men's 60m dash with a time of 6.88 for the title. In the pole vault, Jeff Coover took home his fourth first-place finish in as many weeks with a vault of 4.85m (15-11).
Both the men's and women's Indiana A 4x400m relay teams ran their best races this year. The women's team crossed the line in 3:48.40, while the Indiana A men's foursome boasted a time of 3:16.47.
Along with Overton, four other Hoosier women etched new best marks next to their names. Lydia Serfling, who also ran the 4x400m relay, recorded a new best mark of 59.91 in the 400m, while relay teammate, Audrey Smoot, ran a personal best 26.14 in the 200m.
In the 200m, Marcus Thigpen's runner-up time of 21.86 marked a new career best for him, while teammate Jacob Moylan's time of 22.60 was a new best for him. Additionally, Brandon Libunao recorded a new best in the event with a time of 23.33. Bob Isphording nabbed a new personal best in the 600m with a time of 1:22.08.
In the field, Marcus Brown leapt to a new career high in the long jump with a leap of 5.82m (19-01.25). Finishing behind Coover in the pole vault, Trey Lockerbie and Blayne Burkholder recorded new best marks with heights of 4.55m.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Feb. 3-4 for the Hoosier Relays. The two-day meet begins on Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. and continues the following day at 9 a.m. The meet will be held at Gladstein Feildhouse and results will be available on IUHOOSIERS.com.
Men's Individual Results
60m Hurdles (Heptathlon)
Pole Vault (Heptathlon)
* Indicates new personal best
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