Werskey Reaches Second Regional Qualifying Mark In Final Day Of Missouri's Tom Botts Invitational
April 14, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Freshman Eric Werskey reached a second regional qualifying mark as the Indiana track and field team successfully wrapped up competition with four first place finishes on a cold and rainy day at the Tom Botts Invitational, hosted by the University of Missouri at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium in Columbia, on Saturday, April 14. After a brief weather delay, the Hoosiers, along with the host Tigers and Purdue began competition.
Werskey used a toss of 51.78 meters in the discus to finish first and qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship on May 25-26 for a second time this season. He has already qualified for the regional meet in the shot put (March 30, Stanford Invitational). Werskey also placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 14.88 meters.
"We showed a lot of toughness and character competing the cold weather today," IU interim head men's track and field coach Wayne Pate said. "Eric did a great job in both of his events. I thought the team competed well and learned a little bit about themselves."
Junior Keith Heerdegen joined Werskey on top of the award stand as he won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.59. Junior Ryan Smith also finished first after he clocked 53.72 in the 400-meter hurdles. The men's 4x100-meter relay also placed first with a time of 41.78.
Heerdegen also finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.79. Junior Jacob Moylan followed Heerdegen in fourth with a time of 10.96. He also competed in the 200-meter dash, where he finished fifth in 22.52. Junior Doug Dayhoff took second in the 400-meter dash in a time of 49.76. Sophomore John Gunnell placed third in the same event with a time of 50.21, senior Trey Warfield followed in fourth with a time of 50.29, and freshman Dan Palmer placed sixth with a time of 50.82.
Sophomore Tom Martin ran a 4:00.17 in the 1,500-meter run. Freshman Chris Sackmann clocked a time of 14.70 in the 100-meter hurdles. Freshman Jared Nuxoll placed fourth with a mark of 1.98m in the high jump, while senior Britain Jorgenson cleared 1.88 meters in the same event for fifth place. Sophomore Jeff Coover vaulted to 4.90 meters in the pole vault and sophomore Blayne Burkholder cleared 4.75 meters in the pole vault for fourth. Sophomore Paul Fearnow finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 46.64 meters and redshirt sophomore Chris Klakamp threw 47.88 meters in the javelin for fifth place.
Junior Brennon Plotner was also in competition this weekend. He ran a 4:15.65 in the one mile race at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, hosted by UCLA on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoosiers return to action on April 20-21, when they visit the Cardinal Invitational, hosted by the University of Louisville.
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