Two Earn NCAA Provisional Qualifying Marks On Day One of Tyson Invitational
Feb. 9, 2007
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Led by senior Kiwan Lawson and sophomore Jeff Coover, several members of the Indiana University track and field teams posted strong performances on day one of the Tyson Invitational, held at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville, Ark.
Lawson placed second in the long jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying leap of 7.75 meters. The mark ties his personal best and ranks fifth on the all-time list at Indiana. He also qualified for the NCAA tournament last season in the long jump.
Coover finished third in the pole vault, tying his personal best clearance of 5.20 meters. He also cleared the NCAA provisional qualifying mark at the Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 27.
"It is encouraging to have several good performances here, since this is the site of NCAA's," interim head men's track and field coach Wayne Pate said. "Kiwan and Jeff both had great marks, and this is the time that we want our athletes to start peaking."
On the men's side, freshman Tyler McCreary led Indiana in the mile run, finishing ninth in 4:15.55. Junior Tyler Skelton was ninth in the long jump (7.02 meters) while junior Devin Moore (6.93 meters) had a personal best distance in the event to finish 11th.
Also in the pole vault, sophomore Blayne Burkholder cleared a personal best 4.90 meters to finish 10th. Freshman Eric Werskey was 14th in the shot put (16.52 meters) and sophomore Mark Fruin earned a 16th place finish in the 5,000 meters (14:57.05).
Other notables include junior Doug Dayhoff, who had a personal best time in the 400-meters, finishing 20th in 47.46.
Action continues at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at 10 am. Some events being held tomorrow include the men's triple jump, as Kyle Jenkins looks to improve on his mark of 15.86 meters in the event. Freshman Jordan Kyle leads Indiana in the 3,000-meter run, while freshman Paul Fearnow has been strong in the weight throw.
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