March 29, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Hoosiers recorded two more regional qualifications on day four at the Alabama Relays, making a total of eight in the team’s first meet of the outdoor season. Senior Paul Fearnow got his qualification with a winning heave in the hammer throw and freshman Olumide Olamigoke took second in the triple jump with his qualification. Indiana won three events on day four and took second in six events.
Fearnow will return to the regional after he posted the third best mark in IU history in 2008. Fearnow was two meters shy of his career best, but he bested the regional standard by 60 centimeters with his toss of 57.40m (188-4).
Olamigoke had a leap of 15.40m (50-6.25), the second best of the meet. The winning jump proved to be wind-aided, so the freshman’s mark was the best unassisted mark of the meet. He bested the regional standard (15.00m) by 40 centimeters. He is within six inches of the top-ten in IU history.
Indiana was very successful in relay action. The team took first and second in the women’s 4x800m relay. Junior Wendi Robinson, sophomore Lindsey Hartman and freshmen Ashley Baker and Breanne Ehrman took first, finishing in 9:11.06. Following them in was a team of senior Courtney Freiberger, sophomore Kayla Smith and freshmen Caitlin Engel and Chelsea Blanchard, which took second. The Hoosier women were also second in the 1,600m sprint medley. Senior Audrey Smoot, junior Molly Beckwith and freshmen Kim Blaylock and Ann-Marie Clarke finished in 3:53.36.
On the men’s side, IU won the 4x800m relay, finishing in 7:41.27. The team of senior Brennon Plotner and freshmen Andy Bayer, Daniel Stockberger and Andrew Poore were more than a second faster than the second-place team.
Also taking second place finishes on the day were senior Kyle Lechlitner in the pole vault and sophomore Paul Haas in the discus throw. Lechlitner had a career best clearance of 4.80m (15-9). Haas moved within three feet of the regional standard with his heave of 50.85m (166-10).
The outdoor season continues for Indiana on April 4, when the team heads to Eugene, Ore., for the Pepsi Team Invitational. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.