Indiana Relays - Day One Draws to a Close
Feb. 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Relays on Friday at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. The event will continue on Saturday.
Indiana's men's team competed very well on day one of the meet, qualifying ten athletes for semifinal or final competition on Saturday, recording seven top-five finishes, four top-three finishes, and taking three first place finishes.
Junior Evan Bardach was the top qualifier in the 800m run, recording a career best time of 1:53.65. His performance shaved .04 seconds off of his previous career best, and his time was nearly a second faster than the second place finisher, Chris Wesson of Eastern Illinois.
In the weight throw, senior Paul Fearnow had the best heave in the preliminaries, qualifying himself for the finals on Saturday. His heave of 18.63m was a career best, improving on his previous best by a distance of .34 meters, and it moves Fearnow to less than a meter short of the provisional qualifying mark of 19.50m. Sophomore Patrick Dalton also recorded a career best in the event. His throw of 16.75m was an improvement of 76 centimeters over his previous best of 15.99m.
Indiana had two of the top four qualifiers in the 600m run, including junior Stephen Martin who was the fastest qualifier in the prelims. Martin's time of 1:20.40 was a career best, shedding .35 seconds off of his previous mark. Joining Martin in the top four was sophomore Todd Leone, whose time of 1:20.83 was a career best as well. Leone also cut .35 seconds off of his previous career best.
Senior Marcus Thigpen continued to impress in the 60m dash, recording a season best time of 6.83 seconds and qualifying for the semifinals, to be held on Saturday. Thigpen moved to just .06 shy of his career best and only .09 short of the provisional qualifying mark of 6.74 seconds. His time was the third fastest in the preliminaries.
Also qualifying for the semifinals in the 60m dash was senior Jacob Moylan. Moylan's time of 6.90 seconds was a career best, shedding one hundredth of a second off of his previous mark. He qualified with the sixth best time of the 73 athletes that ran in the prelims.
Finishing fourth in the 3,000m run invitational was freshman De'Sean Turner. Turner's time of 8:21.61 was a career best and was 2.39 seconds faster than Tim Sirbek, who finished in fifth. In the open section of the 3,000m, another Hoosier took fourth place and recorded a career best. That Hoosier was sophomore Seth Ball, whose time of 8:45.23 was a .68 second improvement on his previous career best in the event.
In the 400m dash, junior John Gunnell qualified for the finals that will take place on Saturday. His time of 49.25 seconds was just .23 seconds slower than his career best, and it was the eighth best time in the prelims. Teammate Daniel Palmer, a sophomore, was just .01 seconds behind Dan Murphy of Illinois State for the last qualifying spot. His time of 49.97 was less than half of a second slower than his career best of 49.59.
Senior Tyler Skelton qualified for the finals in the long jump. Skelton's distance of 7.00m was the fourth best in the prelims and was only .18m short of his career best. Sophomore Matt Schmitz also competed in the event, recording a distance of 6.25m, which was just one centimeter short of his career best.
Qualifying for the finals in the 200m, which will be on Saturday, senior Keith Heerdegen had the sixth best preliminary time. Winning his heat, he finished in 22.06, just .05 seconds behind fifth place qualifier Adetoyi Durotoye and only one tenth of a second behind the third place qualifier, Darren Patterson of Rend Lake.
Sophomore Jared Nuxoll finished in sixth place in the high jump, recording a height of 2.00m.
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