Eight Hoosiers Advance to Finals, IU Ends Day in Fifth
May 13, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Indiana men's track and field team sits in fifth place with 24 points at the conclusion of the second day of competition at the 2006 Outdoor Big Ten Championship at Michigan State's Ralph Young Track and Field Complex on May 13. A total of eight Hoosiers and one relay team advanced to tomorrow's finals, while three IU athletes scored for the team in their respective events.
In the field events, Tyler Skelton and Ryan Ketchum scored points for the Hoosiers in the long jump and the discus, respectively. Skelton leapt to eighth place in the long jump with a mark of 7.17m (23-06.25). Ketchum, who took third in the hammer throw the previous night, claimed fourth in the discus with a hurl of 51.64m (169-05).
IU's 4x100m relay team comprised of Stephanos Ioannou, Wil Glover, Keith Heerdegen and Marcus Thigpen advanced to the finals with a second-place finish in the prelims. The Hoosiers crossed the line in 40.96.
John Jefferson advanced to the finals of the 1,500m after coming in second in the prelims with an impressive time of 3:52.06. Teammate Charlie Keating finished the 1,500m in 15th-place with a mark of 4:02.83.
Both David Neville and Doug Dayhoff moved on to the finals of the 400m. Neville took fourth in the trials with a time of 47.50, while Dayhoff crossed the line in 47.70 for eighth place. Trey Warfield rounded out the Indiana effort in the 400m with a 12th-best time of 48.24. Neville is the reigning 400m outdoor champion.
Glover added his name to the list of Hoosier competing in tomorrow's finals. Glover took fifth in the prelims of the 100m with a time of 10.67.
The reigning Cyprus record holder in the 110m hurdles, Ioannou, advanced to the finals of the event with a fourth-place finish of 14.30 in prelims.
In the 200m, Neville sealed his fate in the finals with a first-place finish in the prelims. Neville, who claimed the 2006 indoor title in the event, crossed the line in 21.03. Heerdegen finished in 14th with a time of 21.91, while Thigpen recorded a 15th-place time of 21.92.
Ryan Smith advanced to tomorrow's finals in the 400m hurdles after a seventh-place finish in the prelims. Smith recorded a personal-best time of 52.32 in the event. Teammate Paulie Cruickshank took 15th place with a personal-best time of 54.36.
Action concludes on Sunday, May 14. Competition begins at 11:40 a.m. Live results will be available on www.bigten.org.
110m Hurdles Prelims
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