Burkholder Wins Pole Vault on Final Day of Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 13, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Sophomore Blayne Burkholder became the fifth Hoosier to claim a league individual title as he won the men's pole vault in the final day of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Sunday, May 13.
Burkholder battled Purdue's John Porter in the finals of the pole vault. Each vaulter recorded a no height on three attempts at 5.25 meters sending the competition into a jump-off. Burkholder cleared a personal-best 5.15 meters in his fourth attempt, while Porter missed on his final attempt to lock-up the win for Burkholder. Sophomore Jeff Coover finished third after he also cleared 5.15 meters.
Both pole vault marks improved Burkholder and Coover's regional qualifying marks of 5.05 meters, which they each set on Friday, May 4, at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington.
Junior Doug Dayhoff finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.48, while sophomore John Gunnell was right behind him in eighth with a time of 47.49. Junior Marcus Thigpen finished sixth with a time of 10.67. Junior Keith Heerdegen finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.47.
Freshman Eric Werskey placed eighth in shot put with a mark of 16.81 meters. Junior Ryan Smith clocked a time of 51.89 for seventh in the 400-meter hurdles. His time improved his regional qualifying time of 51.95, which he ran in yesterday's trial.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran a 3:08.46 to finish third overall. Their time was good enough to earn the team a spot in the NCAA Mideast Regional on May 25-26, in Columbia, Mo.
Indiana ended the men's championship in eighth place with 56 points. Wisconsin won the team title with 145.5 points, while Minnesota finished second with 100.5 points and Michgan placed third with 94 points.
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