Distance Medley Relays Qualify for NCAAs
March 5, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Hoosiers took advantage of their final opportunity to qualify for the national meet with spectacular performances from the men's and women's teams in the distance medley relay. The women recorded a school record and the men ran the school's third best time ever as both teams took second. Junior Sarah Pease also posted a provisional time in the 5,000 meters.
The women's distance medley team posted a school record time of 11:11.02, which should be good enough to get them into the national meet. Sophomore Chelsea Blanchard beat Michigan's Danielle Tauro across the line by .15 seconds in the mile-long anchor leg. The best split of the relay came from senior Molly Beckwith who finished her 800m-leg in 2:03.4. Beckwith received the baton from freshman Jordan Gray who covered 400 meters after fellow freshman Arianne Raby ran 1,200m. The group improved the school record by more than six seconds.
The men's relay grabbed some of the Alex Wilson DMR magic from last season, posting a time that should get them into the national meet. The group's time of 9:32.73 is the seventh best in the country this season and is the third-best in school history. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line just .01 behind the winning Eastern Michigan squad, but it wasn't because he didn't scorch the track. The Leo, Ind., native split his mile-long leg of the relay in 3:57.6. Bayer took the baton from junior De'Sean Turner who ran 800 meters after junior Ben Hubers handed off to sophomore Kind Butler.
Pease improved her provisional time in the 5K by more than 16 seconds. Pease finished in 16:19.44 for second place. The time is the fourth fastest in school history.
IU track and field continues action on Saturday, March 6 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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