April 11, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For Indiana, the final day of the Sea Ray Relays was another solid showing. Four regional qualifications and six top-five finishes highlighted the day. Seniors Kiwan Lawson, Paul Fearnow and Tiffany Howard and sophomore Kristen Crawford all posted regional marks.
Lawson was second in the long jump, recording a wind-aided mark of 7.39m (24-3). His jump was five centimeters better than the regional standard of 7.34m. His season best jump of 7.64m is the best in the Big Ten this season.
The Hoosiers won the 4x1,500m relay. Sophomores Jacob Laird and De’Sean Turner, freshman Andy Bayer and senior Brennon Plotner finished in 15:44.55, more than five seconds faster than the second place team from Eastern Michigan.
Howard and Crawford were seventh and eighth respectively in the shot put. Howards mark of 14.88m (48-10) is 58 centimeters better than the regional standard. Her season best is 15.19m. Crawford threw 14.65m (48-.75), which is just one centimeter shy of her career best mark.
Fearnow had a heave of 58.22m (191 feet) in the hammer throw. He bettered the regional standard by more than a meter. His season best is 58.15m.
Also performing well on the day were junior Jared Nuxoll who was 3rd in the open high jump, freshman Derek Drouin who was fourth in the invitational high jump, sophmore Robert Smallman who was fourth in the pole vault and freshman Derek Messmer who was fifth in the pole vault.
Next up for IU is the Indiana Invitational on Friday, April 17. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.