Jenkins Wins Triple Jump, Hoosiers Finish Fifth At Big Ten Indoor Championships
Feb. 25, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Kyle Jenkins won the triple jump and the 4x400-meter relay team finished second in a thrilling finish as the Hoosiers earned a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, hosted by Indiana.
Jenkins, who came into the triple jump seeded third, had a mark of 15.66-meters on the day. He also earned points for Indiana in the long jump with a fourth-place finish on the first day.
"Even though he's seventh in the country, there are two guys in the conference who are in front of him," interim head men's track and field coach Wayne Pate said. "He beat two guys who have jumped farther than he has this season, and he scored in two events. He's a competitor. It's nice for him to win at home; his family flew in from Seattle to watch him this weekend."
The 4x400 meter relay team was involved in one of the closest finishes of the day, earning a second-place finish. The team of senior Treymayne Warfield, sophomore Martin Stephen, junior Ryan Smith and junior Doug Dayhoff finished 0.03 seconds ahead of Purdue with a season-best time of 3:12.10.
"They laid it on the line and ran very, very well," Pate said. "They knew what they had to do to beat Purdue and they went out and did it. Finishing second meant taking us from sixth to fifth in the team standings. It was a great ending to the day."
Several athletes who ran in the 4x400-meter relay also earned points for Indiana in other events. Smith broke the school record in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:18.99, finishing seventh in the event. The previous record of 1:19.25 was set by Ryan Huber in 2000 at the Big Ten Championships. In the 400-meter dash, Dayhoff finished fifth (47.81) while Warfield earned a sixth-place finish (47.98).
Senior Kiwan Lawson, who won the long jump on the first day, finished third in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.50.
As a team, Indiana scored 72 points. They finished one place ahead of Purdue, which had 71.5 points. Wisconsin won the meet with 120 points, while Minnesota (93 points), Michigan (89 points) and Ohio State (84 points) round out the top four.
Indiana travels to the Notre Dame Qualifier on Saturday, March 3, as a prelude to the NCAA Indoor Championships, held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.
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