Hoosiers In Second Place After First Day of Big Tens; Lawson and Ketchum Earn Runner-Up Finishes
Feb. 25, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Highlighted by Kiwan Lawson (long jump) and Ryan Ketchum's (shot put) second-place finishes, the Indiana men's track and field team sits in second place overall with 27 points after the first day of competition at the 2006 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in Iowa City. The Hoosiers trail only Wisconsin, who holds a slim advantage with 29 points. In addition, three Hoosiers advanced to tomorrow's finals in their respective events, including, John Jefferson (mile), Eric Redman (mile), Marcus Thigpen (60m & 200m), and David Neville (200m & 400m).
Lawson leaped 7.50m (24-07.75) in the long jump to earn second team All-Big Ten honors, which was just three meters short of first-place finisher, Iowa's Matty Gorman (7.53m-24-08.50). Ketchum threw an 18.26m (58-11.00) in the shot put to earn a runner-up finish behind Minnesota's Karl Erickson, who won the event with a heave of 19.40m (63-07.75).
All-American Stephen Haas captured a third-place finish in the 3,000m with a time of 8:04.43. In doing so, he met the NCAA provisional mark (8:05.00).Also in the distance events, John Jefferson and Eric Redman both advanced to the finals in the mile with times of 4:09.30 and 4:09.66, respectively.
In the field events, Jeff Coover was impressive in his Big Ten Championship debut, as he took fourth overall in the pole vault after clearing the bar at 5.05m (16-06.75).
With four events in the heptathlon tucked away, IU's Nick Panozzo sits in 14th place overall. His best performance on the day was an eighth-place finish in the shot put (11.67m (38-3.50). He also turned in a personal best mark in the long jump with a 6.07m (19-11.00). The heptathlon will resume tomorrow with the 60m hurdles, pole vault, high jump and 1,000m remaining.
Team Standings After Day One
Heptathlon Results After Four Events
Heptathlon Long Jump
Heptathlon Shot Put
Heptathlon High Jump
3,000m Seeded Finals
Distance Medley Relay Finals
Long Jump Finals
Shot Put Finals
Pole Vault Finals
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