Lawson Wins Long Jump, Indiana in Second after Day 1 of Big Ten Championships
Feb. 24, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Behind senior Kiwan Lawson's individual championship in the long jump and a second-place finish from sophomore Jeff Coover in the pole vault, Indiana was in second place after the first day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by Indiana University.
Indiana scored 31 points on the day, which stands second behind Wisconsin's 35 points. Ohio State is third with 27 points while Michigan is fourth (25 points) and Purdue rounds out the top five with 24 points.
On Lawson's third attempt in the long jump he had a leap of 7.73-meters to win the event. The victory scored 10 points for Indiana in the team championship.
Lawson also qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.39, which was the second fastest time overall.
`I am very proud of how all our guys performed today," interim head coach Wayne Pate said. "We had a great day. We had several athletes who ran good qualifying times for tomorrow's races, and are excited about going out tomorrow."
Indiana scored 17 of its 31 points on the first day in the long jump. Senior Kyle Jenkins scored five points for the Hoosiers, as he finished fourth with a personal-best leap of 7.32-meters. Jenkins is also a threat to win the triple jump on Sunday.
Junior Tyler Skelton also had a personal-best in the long jump with a leap of 7.18-meters to finish seventh and score two points.
Coover cleared 5.05-meters in the pole vault to tie with Purdue's John Porter for second place. He scored seven points for Indiana. Sophomore Blayne Burkholder cleared a personal-best 4.95-meters for a fifth place finish, earning four points for the team.
Indiana had eight athletes qualify for the finals in their respective races. In the 60-meter dash, sophomore Wil Glover qualified with a time of 6.85, while junior Jacob Moylan ran a time of 6.91 to qualify.
In addition to Lawson, junior Keith Heerdegen ran a personal-best time of 21.65 to qualify for the 200-meter dash finals.
Junior Doug Dayhoff ran a time of 48.50 in the 400-meters to move into the finals, while senior Trey Warfield also qualified with a time of 49.09. Junior Ryan Smith ran the fourth-best time of the day in the 600-meter run to qualify for the finals.
Also performing well was freshman Dan Kinsey, who won the shot put portion of the heptathlon with a throw of 13.52-meters. He competed in three of the four events held, scoring 962 points.
Day two action begins on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 10 am with the final heptathlon events in Gladstein Fieldhouse. Field events begin at 11 am while the running events start at 1 pm. In addition to the events listed above, the Hoosiers have a strong competitor in the shot put in freshman Eric Werskey. Freshman Jordan Kyle, who was an All-American in cross country for Indiana in the fall, competes in the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Jared Nuxoll has Indiana's top mark in the long jump this season.
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