Feb. 28, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jeff Coover had a huge clearance in the pole vault on his way to a career best and his first career Big Ten title. He won the pole vault by six inches to earn ten team points for the Hoosiers, who recorded 27 points on the day, good for third place. Also scoring for the Hoosiers were freshman Olumide Olamigoke, sophomores Andrew Poore and Cole Hardacre, and the distance medley relay team of Daniel Stockberger, Nicholas Perrino, De’Sean Turner and Ben Hubers.
Coover took sole possession of the fourth spot in the IU record books with his clearance of 5.45m (17-10.50). Coover is now in the top-five on the national list, and he is within five centimeters of the auto standard and fifteen centimeters better than the second best mark in the Big Ten. He improved his career mark by 3.25 inches.
In the 3,000-meters, Poore and Hardacre took fourth and fifth respectively to earn nine team points for IU. Poore finished in 8:08.59 to improve his career best by exactly six seconds. Hardacre shed more than nine seconds off of his career best with his 8:09.12 finish.
The distance medley team recorded a provisional mark of 9:47.41, the second qualification of they year for the Hoosiers in the relay. The team finished just two-tenths of a second behind the third place Wisconsin squad.
Olamigoke took sixth in the long jump. His mark of 7.03m (23-0.75) was less than an inch out of fifth and less than three inches out of fourth. The young Hoosier earned three team points in his Big Ten championship debut.
The Big Ten Championships resume at 11 am ET on Sunday at Gladstein Fieldhouse. For complete coverage stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.