Indiana Invitational - Six Hoosiers Qualify for Regionals
April 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Invitational at Billy Hayes Track on Friday. The meet was the Hoosiers first home meet of the outdoor season. The Hoosiers competed very well recording ten regional qualifications between the men and women.
In the 200m dash, senior Marcus Thigpen recorded a regional qualifying mark, finishing first with a time of 21.27 seconds. His time is .08 seconds faster than the regional standard of 21.35 seconds. The mark is also a career best, shedding .50 seconds off of his previous best. The qualification is the second of the season for Thigpen as he holds the 31st best time time in the country.
Thigpen was followed in by freshman Devin Pipkin who recorded a career best time of 21.41 seconds. The freshman shed nearly a full second off of his previous best of 22.32 seconds and finished just .06 slower than the regional standard. Rounding out the top-five, senior Keith Heerdegen finished third with a time of 21.58 seconds, in fourth, senior Wil Glover had a time of 21.70 seconds and in fifth, senior John Gunnell recorded a time of 21.75 seconds.
In the long jump, senior Kyle Jenkins recorded a career best mark of 7.35m (24-1 1/2). Jenkins recorded his second regional qualification of the season, as he currently holds the 13th best mark in the triple jump. His mark is one centimeter better than the regional standard of 7.34m. Indiana took the top four places in the event as well. Senior Tyler Sketlton finished second, sophomore Josh Henson took third and senior Devin Moore took fourth.
In the 400m hurdles, senior Ryan Smith posted a regional qualifying time on his way to first place. His time of 52.31 seconds is .20 seconds better than the regional standard and was .69 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
In the hammer throw, senior Paul Fearnow recorded a regional qualification on his way to a third-place finish. His mark of 56.83m (186-5) betters the regional standard by three centimeters and was 2.52m better than the fourth-place finisher. Sophomore Patrick Dalton finished sixth in the hammer throw, recording a career best mark of 47.20m.
In the shot put, Dalton recorded a regional qualification for a first-place finish. His mark of 16.93m (55-6 1/2) is 13 centimeters better than the regional standard of 16.80m. The mark is 40 centimeters better than Dalton's previous career best. Fellow sophomore Paul Haas finished fifth and recorded a career best of 15.03m. Haas added 66 centimeters to his career mark.
In the 1,500m dash, freshman Ben Hubers recorded his second regional qualifying time in the event, finishing in 3:46.14. Hubers recorded a time of 3:45.71 at the Alabama Relays on March 30. Following Hubers in were freshmen Andy Weatherford and Cole Hardacre. Weatherford took second, finishing in a career best time of 3:52.44. Hardacre recorded a time of 3:59.12 on his way to sixth place.
In the 110m Hurdles, sophomore Chris Sackmann blazed to a career best time of 14.54 seconds. His time was good for first place and was just .24 seconds slower than the regional qualifying time of 14.30 seconds.
In the 100m dash, freshman Devin Pipkin inched out a victory, overtaking senior Wil Glover at the finish line. Pipkin recorded a career best time of 10.61 seconds, and Glover finished just .03 seconds after the freshman, recording a time of 10.64 seconds. A third Hoosier took a top-three finish, as senior Jacob Moylan finished in 10.68 seconds. Moylan's time is a career best.
In the 4x100m relay, a team of seniors Marcus Thigpen, Wil Glover and Keith Heerdegen as well as freshman Devin Pipkin took a first place finish, recording a time just .07 shy of the regional qualifying standard. They finished in 40.73 seconds.
In the 400m dash, senior Doug Dayhoff took first place, finishing in 48.51 seconds. He was followed in by junior Martin Stephen, who recorded a career-best time of 48.95 seconds. Sophomore Daniel Palmer finished fourth, recording a time of 50.60 seconds. Rounding out the top five, sophomore Milos Mikic finished with a time of 50.76 seconds.
In the high jump, sophomore Jared Nuxoll recorded a career best height of 2.05m. His second-place mark was five centimeters better than his previous best and moves him to within five centimeters of the regional qualifying standard (2.10m).
Sophomore Chris Sackmann followed Smith across the finish line in the 400m hurdles, taking third place. His time of 55.02 is a career best. In the javelin throw, Sackmann took second place, recording a mark of 43.49m, and sophomore Matt Schmitz took third with a career best heave of 40.04m. Schmitz added 42 centimeters to his previous best.
In the 800m run, Indiana took the top six spots. Junior Evan Bardach took first place, recording a career best time of 1:52.92. He cut .53 seconds off of his previous best. Senior Brennon Plotner took second with a career best time of 1:54.21. Freshman Ben Hubers recorded a career best time of 1:54.77 and took third. Sophomore Todd Leone finished fourth with a time of 1:54.98. Freshman Andy Weatherford recorded a career best mark of 1:55.86 for fifth, and freshman Cole Hardacre recorded a career best time of 1:56.84 for sixth.
In the discus, Haas finished fifth, improving his career best in the process. His mark of 50.70 is 25 centimeters better than his previous mark. Fearnow took sixth in the event with a mark of 45.94m.
In the pole vault, junior Jeff Coover recorded a mark of 5.10m, bettering the regional standard for the second consecutive weekend. His mark is five centimeters better than the regional standard. At the Sea Ray Relays, Coover recorded a vault of 5.35m, which stands as the third best in Division I.
The Hoosiers return to action next weekend as they will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis. For all things Indiana Track and Field stay tuned to IUHOOSIERS.com.
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