April 11, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Sea Ray Relays got into full swing on Friday, but thunderstorms put that swing on a delay, as the meet was suspended from 4:13 p.m. ET to 7:45 p.m. That break in the action didn’t stop the Hoosiers from having a good day. Junior Molly Beckwith led the charge, moving into fourth in the IU record books with the second best time in Division I in the 800-meters. Beckwith’s was one of five regional qualifying marks for Indiana on the day.
Senior Tiffany Howard posted her second regional mark of the year, this time in the discus. Freshman Andy Bayer beat the regional time in the 1,500m run, and juniors Ashley Rhoades and Vera Neuenswander beat the regional standard at the meet without improving their season bests.
Beckwith finished in 2:04.38 to claim the collegiate title in the 800m. She shed more than two seconds off her career best time and moves into fourth in the IU records, just behind IU legend Hilary Bruening. Her mark is the second-fastest in Division I this season.
Howard had a heave of 47.89m (157-1) in the discus. The mark is nearly five feet better than her previous career mark, and it moves her into eighth in school history. The toss was nearly two feet better than the regional standard and puts her in the top five in the conference.
Bayer posted the first regional qualification of his young career in the 1,500 meters. His time of 3:47.37 was good for fourth place and is .43 seconds faster than the regional standard. He shed just under four seconds off of his previous best.
Rhoades took fourth in the high jump, clearing the regional standard of 1.75m (5-8.75). She cleared 1.81m last weekend at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Neuenswander cleared 4.05m (13-3.5) for second place in the pole vault. Her season best is 4.15m, which proved to be the winning height on the day.
Two more Hoosiers had close calls on the day, as Paul Haas was just short in the discus and Devin Pipkin was dangerously close in the 100m dash. Haas had a heave of 51.38m (168-7), just shy of the regional standard (51.70m). Pipkin missed his regional mark by the slimmest of margins. His time of 10.56 seconds is literally a tick slower than the 10.55 second standard.
The Sea Ray Relays continue on Saturday. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.