Hoosier Hills/Tyson Invite - Hoosiers Finish Friday Competition
Feb. 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Hoosiers competed in the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington and in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday.
In Bloomington, the Hoosiers found great success. The men's team recorded nine career bests, seven top-five finishes, six top-three finishes, and one first place finish.
Leading the way was junior Tyler McCreary, whose career best performance in the 800m run was good enough for a victory. His first place time of 1:52.91, was more than a second faster than the second place finisher. McCreary was followed in by senior Brennon Plotner, who finished third with his career best time of 1:54.40. Plotner shaved .19 seconds off of his previous best.
In the mile, freshman Andy Weatherford had a breakthrough performance, cutting 5.04 seconds off of his previous best. His time of 4.09.11 was good enough for second place, and was only .28 seconds slower than the first place finisher, Daniel Mugo.
Sophomore Paul Haas had a big day, throwing for two career bests. His second place heave in the weight throw of 17.85m is the fifth best throw in IU history. Haas added .32m to his previous best of 17.53 and threw 20 centimeters further than Joe Hall did in 1994. Haas also finished third in the shot put, with a mark that improved his previous career best by 78 centimeters. His mark of 16.44m was 42 centimeters better than the fourth place finisher.
In the 600m run, sophomore Milos Mikic recorded a time of 1:23.08, which was good enough for fifth place. Mikic's time was more than 1.5 seconds faster than the sixth place finisher.
Sophomore Daniel Palmer finished sixth in the 400m dash. His time of 49.86 was just .27 seconds slower than his career mark, 49.59.
Two sophomores for the Indiana team also recorded career bests on the day. Seth Ball recorded a time of 8:44.70 in the 3,000m run, cutting .53 seconds off of his previous best, and Josh Henson recorded a distance of 6.55m in the long jump.
In Fayetteville, the Hoosiers also competed well, recording four personal bests and one top-five finish.
In the pole vault, junior Blayne Burkholder finished in fifth place. His vault of 4.70m was a season best and was the same height cleared by fourth place finisher Russell Ellis of Missouri Southern.
In the 60m dash, junior Wil Glover recorded a time of 6.82 seconds, which was less than a one hundredth of a second out of qualifying for the finals in the event and only .02 seconds off of his career best. Senior Jacob Moylan's time of 6.91 seconds was .01 seconds slower than his career best, and freshman Devin Pipkin recorded a career best of 6.96 seconds, a .01 second improvement on his previous best.
In the 400m dash, juniors John Gunnell and Martin Stephen both recorded career bests. Gunnell recorded a time of 48.01, shedding .90 seconds off of his previous best. Stephen finished in 48.50, shedding .21 seconds off of his previous best.
In the mile, freshman De'Sean Turner finished in 4:12.80, improving his career best by .52 seconds.
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