Hoosiers Cruise to IU, Facility Record in the Distance Medley Relay
Feb. 11, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind./FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Indiana track and field notched its seventh NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the season and recorded the season's fifth Gladstein Fieldhouse record with a blazing time of 9:30.78 in the men's distance medley relay. The IU record completed a sweep of every home meet for the Hoosiers producing a facility record.
Andy Bayer brought home the baton, running the 1600-meter anchor leg to seal the deal for the Hoosiers, whose time of 9:30.78 surpassed the previous IU record of 9:31.26, which featured IU legends David Neville and John Jefferson at the 2004 Tyson Invitational. The time also bettered a 33-year old Gladstein Fieldhouse record, a 1978 time of 9:40.6 by Wisconsin.
The IU `A' team ran alone all but the first leg, which was rabbitted by unattached runner De'Sean Turner, in a race that featured only three relay teams (two representing Indiana and one unattached). Danny Stockberger clocked a time of 2:54.3 on the 1200-meter lead leg and handed off to Chris Vaughn, who clocked a split of 47.6 in the 400-meter leg. Holahan took the baton next for an 800-meter split of 1:51.2, and he handed off to Bayer, who ran the final leg in 3:57.5.
In Arkansas, Faith Sherrill took the win in the women's weight throw, launching a heave of 19.19m (63-3.5). She won the event by more than three feet. Patrick Onye took the Tyson Invite title in the men's weight throw, launching a heave of 19.58m (64-3).
Also in Arkansas, Kind Butler and Devin Pipkin ran in a star-studded final in the 60m dash, taking fifth and sixth respectively with times of 6.72 and 6.75. In the prelims, Butler clocked a time of 6.69 and in the semifinals, Pipkin finished in 6.73.
The Hoosiers also got a key performance from Stefano Koufidis in the men's pole vault in Bloomington. Koufidis posted a jump of 5.17m (16-11.5) for second place via tiebreakers. The clearance is just a half inch away from entering the all-time indoor IU top 10 and ranks fourth in the Big Ten on the season.
Others winning at the Hoosier Hills included Samantha Gwin in the 600m (1:33.14), Travis Jauregui in the high jump (1.99m (6-6.25)) and Cedric Hudson in the long jump (6.90m (22-7.75)). Portia Bailey (8.72), Ronneal Williams (8.18) and Logan Griffith (8.42) advanced to Saturday finals in the women's and men's 60m hurdles.
The Hoosiers continue action at the Tyson Invitational and Hoosier Hills on Saturday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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