Bayer Wins Big Ten 3K Crown on Day One
Feb. 26, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Indiana men's track and field team had a great first day at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Highlighting the day were the IU distance corps, specifically Andy Bayer. Bayer claimed the 3,000m title after advancing in the mile earlier in the day. The Hoosiers finished the day with 28.5 points for 3rd place.
Bayer was one of three Hoosiers to score in the 3,000m. He finished in 7:59.68 to better the U of I Armory record by nearly four seconds. Teammate Andrew Poore took fourth in 8:02.37 and Ben Hubers was sixth in 8:09.20. The trio score 18 points for the Hoosier cause.
In the pole vault, Stefano Koufidis took third place with a clearance of 5.28m (17-3.75) and Derek Messmer tied for seventh place, clearing 5.08m (16-8), as the duo added 7.5 points for the team. Koufidis moves to seventh all-time in IU history.
Hoosiers qualifying for Sunday finals on the day were: Kind Butler and Devin Pipkin in the 60m dash (6.67 and 6.78), Andy Bayer, Ben Hubers and Andy Weatherford in the mile (4:07.07, 4:06.32 and 4:06.43), Joe Holahan in the 800m (1:52.92), Derek Drouin in the 60m hurdles (8.00) and Butler in the 200m (21.56).
Drouin's time is the third best in school history.
The Hoosiers continue action at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, February 27. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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