Feb. 7, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana recorded two new provisional qualifying marks on day two of the Meyo Invitional. Qualifying was the popular task over the course of the two day meet, as 74 provisional marks were recorded along with 11 automatic qualifications. Leading the Hoosiers were the 800m runners.
Senior Molly Beckwith improved her own school record and narrowly missed the auto mark, and sophomore De’Sean Turner posted the first provisional time of his career in the same event. Indiana had 11 top-five finishes over two days as well as five provisional marks.
Beckwith solidified her spot in the national meet with a blazing time of 2:05.55 in the 800m. The time was good for fourth place and is more than a second faster than her previous career best, which stood as the IU record. Beckwith greatly improved her season best mark, moving into fifth on the national list. Beckwith also posted a provisional mark as a member of the distance medley relay on Friday night.
Turner moves into fifth in the IU record books, cutting just over two seconds off of his previous career best with his time of 1:50.08. Turner moves into elite company, as he bypasses IU legend Mark Deady on the all-time list and sits just .01 seconds behind another former IU great, Ryan Huber. His time is the eleventh best in Division I and the best in the Big Ten this season. Another Hoosier, senior Evan Bardach, narrowly missed the provisional standard of 1:50.50 with his time of 1:50.89. Bardach took fifth, three slots behind Turner.
Junior Kristen Crawford took third in the shot put. Her heave of 14.33m (47-00.25) is the eighth best in IU history. Her toss was more than a foot better than the fourth-place finisher, Beth Rohl of Michigan State.
Freshman Olumide Olamigoke continued his impressive debut season with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. His leap of 14.93m (48-11.75) was just 15 centimeters shy of the fourth place finisher. Olamigoke’s season best of 15.13m is the second best in the Big Ten this season.
Indiana also took fourth in the 4x400m relay. Junior Kayla Smith, freshman Ann-Marie Clarke and seniors Audrey Smoot and Beckwith joined forces to record a time of 3:43.61. The time is the fourth fastest in IU lore. The mark is also the fourth fastest in the Big Ten this season.
The Hoosiers return to action on Feb. 13, when they will split up to compete at the Tyson Invitational in Fayettevill, Ark., as well as at the Hoosier Hills at Gladstein Fieldhouse. For complete coverage of Indiana track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.