Indiana Relays - Day Two Good For Hoosiers
Feb. 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Relays on Saturday at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. Saturday was the second day of the meet.
Indiana's men's team competed very well on day one of the meet, recording three career bests, seven top-five finishes, five top-three finishes, and taking two first place finishes.
Junior Evan Bardach was the winner in the finals of the 800m run, recording a career best time of 1:53.33. His performance shaved .32 seconds off of his career best, which he recorded on Friday, and his time was nearly a second faster than the second place finisher, Chris Wesson of Eastern Illinois.
Indiana had two runners in the finals of the 600m run, including junior Martin Stephen who was the fastest runner in the prelims and the winner of the finals. Stephen's time of 1:19.47 was a career best, shedding nearly a full second off of his previous best which he set on Friday. Joining Stephen in the finals was sophomore Todd Leone, whose time of 1:20.75 was a career best as well. Leone improved by .08 seconds over his previous career best on his way to a sixth place finish in the event.
Indiana's `A' team in the 4X400m relay finished second with a time of 3:15.02. Senior Ryan Smith, juniors Martin Stephen and John Gunnell and sophomore Daniel Palmer won their heat on their way to the second place finish, and their time was a new season best.
Senior Marcus Thigpen continued to impress in the 60m dash, recording a season best time of 6.82 seconds in the finals. Thigpen moved to just .05 shy of his career best and only .08 short of the provisional qualifying mark of 6.74 seconds. His time was the third fastest in the finals and was only one hundredth of a second behind Dante Sales who finished second in the event. Also competing in the finals in the 60m dash was senior Jacob Moylan. Moylan's time of 6.98 seconds was good for seventh place.
Thigpen also ran in the 200m dash invitational, finishing in fifth with a time of 22.10, which was just two hundredths of a second behind the fourth place finisher, Darryl Jenkins of Rend Lake. In the open section of the 200m dash, senior Keith Heerdegen finished third. Heerdegen recorded a time of 21.95 seconds which is just three tenths of a second slower than his career best time, 21.65.
In the weight throw, senior Paul Fearnow had the fifth best heave in the finals. His heave of 18.33m was .30m short of the career best toss he recorded on Friday. The toss was also just five centimeters shorter than the fourth place toss by Willie Little of Indianapolis.
Senior Tyler Skelton competed in the finals in the long jump. Skelton's distance of 6.87m was good enough for sixth place.
The Hoosiers return to the track on Feb. 8-9 at the Mayo Invite in South Bend, Ind.
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