Neville Shatters School Record in 400m as Hoosiers Boast Strong Showing at NCAAs
March 10, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Four Indiana men's track and field athletes posted stellar performances at the 42nd-annual NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Arkansas' Randal Tyson Indoor Track on March 10. Led by David Neville's record-breaking run in the 400m, the Hoosiers posted one school record, two event finals appearances and four top-10 finishes. Action resumes tomorrow in Fayetteville, Ark., where Neville will run for the national title in the 400m.
Ryan Ketchum, the first Hoosier to compete at the championships, recorded a ninth-place finish in the shot put in his first appearance at the NCAAs. Ketchum's third throw of 18.61m (61-00.75) placed him third in his flight and ninth overall. The Hutchinson, Kan., product qualified for the NCAA Championships after throwing an 18.92m (62-01.00) at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., on March 5.
Neville, the current Big Ten champion in the 400m, shattered his personal best and the school record in the 400m with an astounding time of 45.58 to take second place and advance to the finals in the event. The Merrillville, Ind., product's performance made him the second fastest athlete to run the 400m this season only behind LSU's Xavier Carter, who took first in the prelims with a time of 45.53. Neville's time of 45.58 bested the 22-year old mark of 46.14 set by Sunder Nix at the 1984 Big Ten Championships.
Neville will run for the 400m national title on Saturday, March 11 at 6:55 p.m., (CT).
In the 200m, Neville advanced to the finals with a sixth-best prelim time of 20.97. In the finals of the 200m, Neville posted an impressive personal best time of 20.81 en route to a seventh-place finish.
Kiwan Lawson leapt to 15th place in the long jump after recording a 6.88m (22-7) in his third attempt.
An All-American in the 5,000m, Stephen Haas finished in 15th place with a time of 14:28.18 in the event this season. Haas is the current school-record holder in the event after last season's storied 13:41.42 run.
@ Indicates athlete advanced to the finals
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