Sea Ray Relays - Coover, Jenkins, Lawson Post Regional Qualifying Marks
April 12, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Hoosiers competed at the Sea Ray Relays on Saturday. Hoosier men and women competed in 22 different events on the day, and a total of 34 athletes competed in cream and crimson on the day.
Coover cleared a height of 5.35m (17-6 1/2) in the pole vault. His mark was 30 centimeters higher than the regional standard of 5.05m. The mark is also an improvement of 20 centimeters on his career best. Coover moves to within one centimeter of the top-five heights in IU history, just behind Brian Kimball's 1981 clearance of 5.36m. Coover finished third in the event, recording the same height as second-place finisher Jenie Olhovsky of Virginia Tech. Coover's mark ties him for the third-best mark recorded in Division I this outdoor season.
Jenkins turned in a huge jump when he reeled in a measurement of 15.82m (51-11). The mark was good for fourth place in the event. The mark will not be considered toward his regional qualification due to a wind aid of 4.8. Jenkins did record a non-aided jump of 15.71m (51-6 1/2), improving his qualifying mark by four centimeters, moving him into ninth in Division I.
Lawson bettered the regional standards in two events. In the 200m dash, he posted a time of 21.17, besting the regional standard by .02 seconds. The time is a .33 second improvement on his career best as well. Lawson had already posted a regional mark in the long jump this season. On Saturday, he bettered his mark on the season, posting a leap of 7.73m (25-4 1/2) and earning himself third place. The mark will not be considered toward his regional qualification due to wind aid. The distance would have stacked up well with the rest of Division I, as 7.73m is currently the second-best mark recorded this season.
In the 4x100m relay, seniors Marcus Thigpen, Jacob Moylan and Keith Heerdegen teamed with freshman Devin Pipkin for a third-place finish. Their time of 40.91 seconds is just a quarter of a second shy of the regional qualifying standard.
In the 4x400m realy, seniors Ryan Smith, Doug Dayhoff and John Gunnell were joined by junior Martin Stephen in a fifth-place finish. Their time of 3:11.32 is 1.32 seconds shy of the 3:10.0 qualifying standard for NCAA regional competition.
Smith also posted a seventh-place finish in the 400m hurdles. He recorded a time of 53.18 seconds, putting him within .67 seconds of the regional qualifying standard. Smith's career best in the event is 51.89 seconds.
Three other Hoosiers recorded career bests on the day. Junior Evan Bardach recorded a career mark in the 800m run, finishing in 1:53.45. The time cut 1.16 seconds off of his previous best. Also in the 800m run, Stephen recorded a career mark of 1:55.47. In the 1,500m run, freshman Andy Weatherford finished in 3:55.89.
The Hoosiers return to action on the weekend of April 17-20, as they host the Indiana Invitational and compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. For all things IU Track & Field stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com.
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