Three Record First Place Finishes at IU's Billy Hayes Invitational
May 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosiers recorded first place finishes as the Indiana track and field team hosted the Billy Hayes Invitational on the Billy Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on Friday, May 4, in Bloomington.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team, made up of juniors Marcus Thigpen, Keith Heerdegen and Jacob Moylan, and senior Kiwan Lawson, ran a 40.51 for the event title and a regional qualification. The 4x400-meter team finished second with a time of 3:12.80.
"I am excited," said IU interim head men's track and field coach Wayne Pate said. "All four of those guys ran really well. Anytime you can get a relay in a regional meet is exciting. It's really good to be in the mix and hopefully they can advance and do something at nationals. Anything can happen in that kind of an event, so we're really excited."
Sophomore Blayne Burkholder came away with the pole vault title and a regional qualification after clearing 5.05 meters in the event. He was followed by sophomore Jeff Coover, who placed second with the same mark and another regional qualification for the Hoosiers.
Thigpen also won the 100-meter dash, as he led the field with a time of 10.70. Sophomore Paul Fearnow improved his regional qualifying mark to 59.67 meters in the hammer throw, while freshman Eric Werskey recorded another regional mark in the shot put with a toss of 17.40 meters for second place.
"Coach (George) Freeman has done an excellent job with our sprinters," Pate said. "It's really great to have football players make an impact on our program. Marcus is doing a great job. He's got of a lot speed and Coach Freeman has done a really good job in developing that. That benefits both sports. Marcus still has a lot in him. He's getting faster every week."
Junior Ryan Smith clocked a time of 53.01 for second in the 400-meter hurdles. Junior Devin Moore recorded a season-best leap of 6.90 meters in the long jump. Redshirt sophomore Chris Klakamp placed fifth in the javelin throw with a season-best mark of 55.23 meters. Junior Doug Dayhoff finished fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.67.
The Hoosiers open the championship season next weekend when they visit Penn State for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 11-13, in University Park, Pa.
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