Alabama Relays - Jenkins Qualifies for Regional, Hoosiers Win Seven Events on Day Four
March 30, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Indiana wrapped up competition at the Alabama Relays on Sunday. Over four days of competition, the men's and women's teams combined to win ten events and qualify seven athletes for NCAA regional competition.
On Sunday, the men's team recorded eleven top-five finishes, ten top-three finishes, and seven first-place finishes. Senior Kyle Jenkins posted a regional qualifying mark in the triple jump as well. Jenkins' mark of 15.67m was 67 centimeters past the regional qualifying standard of 15.00m. The leap earned Jenkins second place as well. Jenkins finished just 12 centimeters behind event winner Wale Odetunde. Sophomore Josh Henson also competed in the event, recording a career best of 13.02m.
Sophomore Paul Haas was just 1.25m shy of the regional standard with his winning throw of the discus. His heave covered a distance of 50.45m and was nearly three full meters better than the second place finisher in the event. The mark is a career best for Haas as well.
Haas also finished fifth in the shot put, recording a career best mark of 14.37m. Haas trailed his teammate in the event as fellow sophomore Patrick Dalton's heave of 16.53m was the best by any athlete on the day. Dalton was just 25 centimeters shy of the regional qualifying standard and was 17 centimeters better than the second place finisher.
Junior Blayne Burkholder took the win in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.95m. His mark was 15 centimeters better than the second place finisher and just ten centimeters shy of the regional qualifying standard.
Indiana had a great day in relay competition, recording top-three finishes all seven relays the team entered. In the 4x400m relay, seniors Doug Dayhoff and Kiwan Lawson teamed with juniors John Gunnell and Martin Stephen for a first-place time of 3:12.32. The mark was .79 seconds better than the second-place Mississippi team. The time was also just 2.32 seconds slower than the regional qualifying standard. Also in the 4x400m relay, sophomores Daniel Palmer and Chris Sackmann teamed with seniors Jacob Moylan and Keith Heerdegen for a ninth-place finish.
Lawson and Heerdegen teamed with senior Marcus Thigpen and freshman Devin Pipkin for first place in the 4x200m relay, recording a time of 1:24.86. The quartet finished nearly a full second ahead of the second place team from Mississippi.
Pipkin then joined Gunnell, senior Wil Glover and fellow freshman Ben Hubers in the 1600m sprint medley. The team finished first recording a time of 3:25.27. Their time was 1.58 seconds faster than the second place team.
Pipkin, Moylan, Heerdegen and Glover then ran in the 4X100m relay, reeling in a third-place finish with their time of 41.03 seconds. The NCAA regional qualifying mark in the event is 40.66 seconds, putting the team within .37 seconds of a qualification.
The Hoosiers also recorded a victory in the 4x1500m relay, as junior Tyler McCreary, freshmen Andy Weatherford and Cole Hardacre, and senior Brennon Plotner combined for a time of 16:01.36. Their winning time was 36.87 seconds faster than the second place team.
Indiana entered one more relay on the day, as a team of Stephen, sophomore Todd Leone and Milos Mikic, and junior Evan Bardach combined for a second-place finish in the 4x800m relay. Their time of 7:37.51 was 3.21 seconds faster than the second-place team from Alabama State.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday as part of the team will compete at the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif., and part of the team will compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. For news and results from Indiana track and field stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com.
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