Alabama Relays - Three Hoosiers Post Regional Qualifications on Day Three
March 29, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Hoosiers competed in the Alabama Relays on Saturday, marking the third day of competition. There were 27 events completed on the day, and 42 total athletes from the Indiana men's and women's teams competed on the day.
The men found great success on the day, recording three regional qualifications, twelve career bests, seven top-five finishes, five top-three finishes and one first-place finish. Seniors Marcus Thigpen and Kiwan Lawson and freshman Ben Hubers recorded the regional qualifications for the Hoosiers
Thigpen won the 100m dash, finishing in 10.47 seconds. The time is an improvement of .18 seconds on his previous outdoor best of 10.65 seconds and was .04 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Thigpen's mark was also .08 seconds faster than the regional qualifying standard of 10.55 seconds. The effort puts the Detroit native within .03 seconds of the fourth-best mark in IU history held by Bill Copeland and Contrell Ash, 10.44 seconds. Thigpen also recorded a career best in the 200m dash, when his time of 21.77 seconds got him an eighth-place finish.
Thigpen wasn't the only Hoosier in the top ten in the 100m dash as three of his teammates joined him. Senior Wil Glover finished in seventh, recording a time of 10.73 seconds. Freshman Devin Pipkin's career best time of 10.79 seconds was good for ninth, and senior Jacob Moylan finished in 10th place with a time of 10.80 seconds. Pipkin also recorded a career best in the 200m dash with his time of 22.32 seconds.
Thigpen followed fellow senior Kiwan Lawson across the finish line in the 200m dash as Lawson finished third with a time of 21.59 seconds. His mark was just .09 seconds shy of his career best and just .4 seconds shy of the regional qualifying mark in the 200m. Lawson was not shy of the regional qualifying mark in the long jump, however. His leap of 7.55m was just 1 centimeter shy of his career best. The mark was 21 centimeters further than the qualifying standard and was good enough for third place in the event.
Just behind Lawson in the long jump was fellow senior Kyle Jenkins, whose mark of 7.23m was just eight centimeters shy of his career best. Jenkins finished in fourth place and was just twelve centimeters shy of the qualifying standard. Another senior, Tyler Skelton, joined Jenkins and Lawson in the top ten, as Skelton finished seventh with a jump of 7.19m. Sophomore Josh Henson recorded a career best of 6.76m in the event as well.
Also posting a regional qualification on the day was Hubers. Hubers finished third in the 1500m run, posting a career best time of 3:45.71. The regional qualifying standard for the 1500m run is 3:47.5. Hubers beat the standard by 1.89 seconds.
Hubers was followed by fellow freshman Cole Hardacre, whose career best time of 3:49.84 was good for fourth place, and by senior Brennon Plotner, who finished seventh. Junior Evan Bardach also recorded a career best in the event. He finished in 4:05.60.
In the 3000m steeplechase, freshman Andy Weatherford's career best time of 9:30.96 was good for third place. Weatherford was nearly ten seconds faster than the fifth-place finisher.
Three Hoosiers recorded career bests in the 800m run. Leading the way was junior Tyler McCreary, who posted a time of 1:54.39 for an eighth-place finish. Sophomore Todd Leone finished in 1:54.67, and fellow sophomore Milos Mikic finished in 1:55.75.
The Hoosiers continue action in the Alabama Relays on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. For results and a complete recap, stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com.
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