Three Record Second Place Finishes During Day One of the 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational
March 30, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Indiana track and field team got the outdoor season underway with the first day of competition at the 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 30, at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif.
In his first outdoor meet in two years, Kiwan Lawson used a leap of 7.40 meters to take second in the long jump. After fouling on his first two attempts, he reached 7.40 on his fifth try. Junior Kyle Jenkins secured third place in the same event with a mark of 7.19 meters, which he reached in his final attempt. His mark was the second-best in his outdoor career.
Sophomore Jordan Kyle clocked a second-place and personal-best time of 14:03.83 in the 5,000-meter run. His time met the NCAA regional qualifying standard. Kyle was joined by classmates Brennon Plotner and Timothy McLeod in the same event as Plotner ran a 14:37.29 for 26th place and McLeod placed 27th with a time of 14:43.82.
Junior Ryan Smith also hit the track for the Hoosiers has he finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.66.
Lawson also competed in the 200-meter dash, placing ninth in 21.68 for a new personal best. Juniors Keith Heerdegen and Jacob Moylan also competed in the 200-meter dash, recording times of 22.26 (21st) and 22.45 (27th), respectively. Heerdegen placed 21st in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.13, and was followed by sophomore Wil Glover (11.18/25th) and Moylan (11.19/26th)
Freshman Eric Werskey also got off on the right foot for the Hoosiers with a second-place toss of 51.01 meters in the discus. Freshman Chris Sackmann ran a 14.98 in the preliminary round of the 110-meter hurdles for 13th place and sophomore Blayne Burkholder vaulted to sixth place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60 meters.
"We had a solid day," IU interim men's track and field head coach Wayne Pate said. "Everyone competed well in their first outdoor meet. We are very pleased with our accomplishments thus far and everyone is very excited to be back outside. This is a great meet to start the season and mix it up with some tough competition."
The Hoosiers will be back in action tomorrow as the field events begin at 2 p.m. with the shot put, while running events are slated to start at 5:37 p.m. with the 400-meter dash.
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