Men's Big Ten Indoor Championships - Jenkins Takes Silver in Triple Jump to Lead Hoosiers on Day 2
March 2, 2008
MADISON, Wis. - The Hoosiers finished competition in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday. The event took place at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center on Wisconsin's campus.
The Hoosiers finished ninth in the championships with a total of 35 points. The team recorded nine top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes, and two top-three finishes, including a second-place finish by senior Kyle Jenkins in the triple jump.
Jenkins recorded a mark of 15.66m, which is just .20m shy of his career best leap. Jenkins finished just one centimeter shy of a share of the Big Ten Championship, as first-place finisher Clarence Smith of Penn State recorded a mark of 15.67m for the win. The mark by Jenkins is a provisional qualifying mark and is the third such qualifying mark on the season for the senior. The second-place finish makes Jenkins second team All-Big Ten. Jenkins won the event in 2007.
Freshman De'Sean Turner scored six points for the Hoosiers when he finished in third-place in the 800m run. His time of 1:53.35 was just five hundredths of a second out of second-place. The third-place finish is the first trip to the Big Ten medals stand for the freshman.
Turner wasn't the only Hoosier to score team points in the 800m. Junior Evan Bardach recorded a time of 1:54.00 for a sixth-place finish. The time was just .77 seconds shy of his career best. Bardach's placing earned three points for the Hoosiers.
Senior Marcus Thigpen finished fifth in the 60m dash, recording a time of 6.79 seconds in the process. The time is just .02 seconds shy of his career best. Thigpen earned four points for the team with his effort.
Thigpen was not the only senior earning points in the 60m dash. Senior Wil Glover finished right behind Thigpen in sixth place. His time of 6.80 seconds matches his career best for the second time in two days, as Glover recorded the time in the prelims on Saturday. Glover earned three team points for the Hoosiers.
Yet another senior earned points for the Hoosiers as Paul Fearnow finished sixth in the weight throw. His mark of 18.66m earned three points for the Hoosiers. Just one centimeter shy of his career best, Fearnow's heave was 21 centimeters better than the seventh place finisher. The senior's career best mark, 18.67m, is currently the third best in IU history.
Two more Hoosiers scored team points on the day. Junior Martin Stephen scored a point in the 600m run with his eighth-place finish, and freshman Andy Weatherford also reeled in one point by finishing eighth in the mile run. Stephen finished just a tenth of a second out of seventh place.
Senior David Robb recorded four career bests in the heptathlon on Sunday, raising his total to six P.R.'s on the weekend, as he had two on Saturday. In the 60m hurdles, Robb finished in 8.92, shedding .28 seconds off of his previous best. His clearance of 3.05m in the pole vault was a career best, and his time of 2:44.19 was an improvement of nearly six seconds on his previous best time. Robb's point total of 4729 was 317 more than his previous best.
Sophomore Matt Schmitz recorded two career bests in the heptathlon. His clearance of 3.75m was an improvement of forty centimeters in the pole vault, and his point total of 4459 was 47 better than his previous best.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Friday, as Indiana will compete in the Notre Dame Qualifier in South Bend on March 7th and 8th.
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