Men's Big Ten Indoor Championships - Hoosiers Perform Well on Day One
March 1, 2008
MADISON, Wis. - The Hoosiers began competition in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Saturday. The event took place at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center on Wisconsin's campus. The championships will resume on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
The Hoosiers performed well on Saturday, recording 14 top-ten finishes, four top-five finishes, and a second-place finish. Ten Hoosiers qualified for event finals that will take place tomorrow.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was junior Martin Stephen. Stephen's time of 1:20.18 in the 600m was good enough for second place. The second place finish qualifies him for Sunday's event final. Stephen will be joined in the final by sophomore Todd Leone, who qualified with the tenth best time in the event. Leone's mark of 1:21.10 was just .35 seconds off of his career best.
The fourth-fastest qualifier in the 60m, senior Wil Glover matched his career best time in the event. His time of 6.80 seconds matches the mark he recorded at the Hoosier Open in 2006. Fellow senior Marcus Thigpen also finished in 6.80 seconds. Thigpen finished in sixth- place, also qualifying for the Sunday final. Thigpen's time was just .03 seconds shy of his career mark, 6.77 seconds.
Thigpen wasn't done after the 60m dash. He went on to qualify for the finals of the 200m dash. His time of 22.09 was the ninth best qualifying time. Much like the 60m, Thigpen's time was extremely close to his teammates. Senior Keith Heerdegen also finished in 22.09 for tenth place and a spot into Sunday's final.
Senior Kyle Jenkins finished fifth in the long jump, matching his career best in the event. His leap of 7.32m duplicates his performance at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 2007. Jenkins was just one centimeter short of fourth-place and only six centimeters out of third. The mark is only 18 centimeters shy of the provisional qualifying mark of 7.50m.
The Hoosiers had two athletes qualify for the final in the 800m run. Freshman De'Sean Turner finished in sixth-place with a time of 1:54.05. His time was exactly one second out of first-place. Also qualifying for the final in the event was junior Evan Bardach, whose time of 1:54.56 was good for ninth place.
Junior Blayne Burkholder finished seventh in the pole vault after tie-breakers broke up a five-way tie for third place. The clearance of 5.03m is a career best for Burkholder indoors. His previous best height was 4.95m.
Freshman Andy Weatherford qualified for the final in the mile run with his eighth-place finish. His time of 4:11.97 was less than a second out of the top four, and he finished just 1.6 seconds out of first place.
Four events of the heptathlon took place on Saturday, and two Hoosiers were competing in the event. Senior David Robb recorded two career best on the day. His distance in the long jump, 6.50m, was an improvement of 17 centimeters on his previous best. Robb also recorded a time of 7.15 seconds in the 60m dash, winning the event. His time was a .09 second improvement on his previous best. Robb finished the day with 2669 points in the heptathlon.
Sophomore Matt Schmitz recorded a career best in the 60m dash of the heptathlon as well. His mark of 7.46 shaved .07 seconds off of his previous best. Schmitz finished the day with 2470 points. Schmitz's career best in the heptathlon is 4,078 points.
The Big Ten Indoor Championships will resume competition at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow in Madison.
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