Lawson Defends Long Jump Title in Day Two of Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 17, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior Kiwan Lawson defended his outdoor long jump title with a jump of 7.87 meters, setting a new Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium record in second day of the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Champaign, Ill. After two days of events, Indiana's men's teams is in sixth place with 28 points.
"Adam (Harris), from Michigan, put it out there his first jump," Lawson said. "I knew I had to go for it. Luckily everything worked out. I just wanted to stay focused and not get over excited. I wanted to trust my mark and trust my training and see how everything would work out."
Lawson accomplished is record-setting jump on his second attempt of the day and improved his regional mark and personal best. Scott Huffman from the New York Athletic Club set the previous record of 7.82 meters in 1998. Senior Kyle Jenkins also scored in the long jump with a fifth-place mark of 7.54 meters, while classmate Tyler Skelton earned a personal-best mark of 7.35 meters to qualify for the regional and earn the Hoosiers a point in eight place.
Freshman Paul Haas placed fourth in the men's discus with a toss of 52.48 meters to earn five points for IU and improve his regional mark and personal best.
In the second day of competition in the decathlon, sophomore Matt Schmitz opened the morning's events with a time of 17.54 in the 110-meter hurdles for 13th place. He followed that with a mark of 28.77 meters in the discus throw for 10th place. In the pole vault, he cleared 4.05 meters to finish in 13th place. Schmitz tallied a mark of 42.13 meters in the javelin throw for 13th place, before winning the final event with a time of 4:28.54 in the 1,500-meters. He ended the decathlon in 12th place with a final score of 6,095 points.
Indiana also earned a number of competitors that qualified for tomorrow's finals. The men's 4x100-meter relay team, made up of junior Wil Golver, freshman Devin Pipkin and seniors Jacob Moylan and Keith Heerdegen clocked a time of 40.98 to finish fourth overall in the prelims and earn a trip to tomorrow's final. In the men's 1,500-meters, freshman Ben Hubers (6th/3:56.90) and junior Brennon Plotner (11th/3:57.17) each earned a spot in tomorrow's finals with their overall prelims finishes. Pipkin and Thigpen each qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash with times of 10.60 (5th) and 10.69 (6th), respectively. Sophomore Chris Sackmann clocked a time of 14.59 and finished seventh overall to qualify for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles.
Senior Ryan Smith also qualified for tomorrow's final with a time of 52.83 in the 400-meter hurdles, to finish fifth overall in the prelims.
The Hoosiers wrap up competition Sunday at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. Tomorrow's action begins at 12 p.m. ET with the women's triple jump and discus.
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