Lawson Wins Long Jump on Day Two of Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 12, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Kiwan Lawson claimed a Big Ten individual title in the long jump as the Indiana track and field teams competed in day two of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, May 12.
Lawson's leap of 7.79 meters came on his last attempt as he battled Derek Gearman from Minnesota. Lawson took the lead on his fourth jump with a mark of 7.76 meters, only to see Gearman top him with a leap of 7.77 meters. Lawson reached 7.69 meters on his fifth attempt, while Gearman fouled. It was Lawson's final attempt that mattered as he reached a new personal best with his mark of 7.79 meters. That final mark improved Lawson's regional qualifying jump of 7.40 meters that was set on March 30, at the Stanford Invitational.
"Kiwan really competed well," IU interim head men's track and field and jumps coach Wayne Pate said. "I was really happy and am very excited for him."
Lawson's outdoor championship was his second of the year as he claimed the Big Ten indoor title in the same event on Feb. 24.
Freshman Eric Werskey also saw time on the awards podium as he finished third in the discus with a toss of 52.40 meters. His mark also improved his regional qualifying toss of 51.78 meters that was set on April 21, at the Cardinal Invitational in Louisville, Ky.
Freshman Jared Nuxoll also earned some points for the Hoosiers as he finished sixth in the high jump with a personal-best clearance of 2.02 meters.
IU's 4x100-meter relay team advanced to tomorrow's final. The Hoosiers clocked a season-best 40.41 to finish in second in their trial. The men's final will take place at 12:55 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Also qualifying for finals in their respective events on Sunday - junior Marcus Thigpen in the 100-meter dash (7th/10.84), and junior Doug Dayhoff (6th/47.76) and sophomore John Gunnell (9th/47.78) in the 400-meter dash. Lawson and junior Keith Heerdegen each qualified for the men's 200-meter dash after recording times of 21.50 (7th) and 21.62 (8th), respectively. Junior Ryan Smith also qualified for tomorrow's final of the 400-meter hurdles. He clocked a regional qualifying time of 51.95 to earn a spot in the finals.
"We had some really performances in trials today," Pate said. "I'm really happy with how Marcus (Thigpen) and Ryan (Smith) performed today. The 4x100 did a great job in qualifying for tomorrow's final. The athletes are responding well and competing well, which is all that you can ask in a competition like this. When you get that kind of effort, you're going to have solid results and I am extremely pleased as a coach."
Indiana is currently in sixth place with 21 points.
Tomorrow's competition opens with the shot put scheduled for 12:30 p.m. For a complete recap and results of the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, visit IUHOOSIERS.com.
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