April 4, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. – Indiana claimed the Pepsi Team Invitational crown, defeating the 2009 NCAA indoor champion Oregon men’s team. With the Hoosiers and Ducks knotted up at 188 points apiece heading into the final event, IU claimed the win with second and fourth-place finishes in the discus throw for a final tally of 200 points. Oregon finished with 194.
The meet used the international scoring format of 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Only two athletes from each team could score in an event. Also competing at the meet were Utah State who was third with 118 points and Kansas State who was fourth with 113.
Indiana was led by first-place finishes from senior Kyle Lechlitner, sophomore De’Sean Turner and freshmen Olumide Olamigoke and Ben Stephen, as well as the 4x100m relay team. Indiana got regional marks from Stephen in the shot put, senior Paul Fearnow in the weight throw and freshman Derek Drouin in the high jump.
Stephen grabbed his spot in the NCAA Regional with his winning toss in the shot put. The freshman had a heave of 17.12m (56-2). The mark is 32 centimeters better than the regional standard.
Lechlitner won the pole vault with his clearance of 4.90m (16-0.75). The mark is 10 centimeters better than his previous career mark.
Olamigoke won the triple jump. He skipped, hopped and jumped 14.99m (49-2.25). His mark is just a centimeter shy of the regional standard, but he had a jump of 15.40m last weekend. The freshman was eight inches better than his closest competitor, Emmanuel Neizer of Kansas State.
Indiana took first and second in the 1,500 meters. Sophomore De’Sean Turner finished in 3:50.86 for first, and freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line in 3:51.32 for second.
Senior Kiwan Lawson took second in the long jump, third in the 200m dash and anchored the winning 4x100m relay performance. Senior Wil Glover and sophomores Cedric Hudson and Devin Pipkin joined Lawson on the track to record a time of 40.99 seconds. The quartet is now just .33 seconds slower than the regional standard.
Pipkin took second in the 100m dash. He finished in 10.69 seconds, moving within .09 seconds of his career best and .14 seconds of the regional standard.
Drouin was second in the high jump, behind only indoor national champion Scott Sellers. The Canada native’s mark of 2.10m (6-10.75) matches the regional standard. He cleared 2.13m last weekend at the Alabama Relays.
Fearnow bested his regional mark from a week ago in the hammer throw. His toss of 59.15m (194-1) was just two inches shy of the winning toss by Oregon’s Jordan Stray. Fearnow improved his season mark by more than 1.5m. His career best is 59.67.
The outdoor season continues for Indiana on April 10, when the team opens the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.