Jenkins Wins Triple Jump, Hoosiers Wrap Up Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 18, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior Kyle Jenkins used a leap of 16.39 meters to win the triple jump on the final day of the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium in Champaign. Indiana's men's team finished in seventh place with 69 points.
Jenkins' winning jump came on his fourth attempt, first of the finals, and improved his personal best by 20 centimeters. He was the second of the championships to earn a gold medal for the Hoosiers. Senior Kiwan Lawson won the long jump in yesterday's competition with a mark of 7.87 meters, setting a new facility record.
"It's a good feeling," Jenkins said. "I have been working hard all outdoor season. It was great to come out and get a PR. I'm really happy."
The men's 4x100-meter team made up of junior Marcus Thigpen, freshman Devin Pipkin, junior Wil Glover and Lawson earned the silver medal after clocking a time of 40.58. Senior Ryan Smith earned the bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.75, for a new personal best.
Sophomore Chris Sackmann finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.33. Thigpen also ran the 100-meter dash and placed fifth with a time of 10.55. Freshman Cole Hardacre placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:34.99. The Hoosiers' 4x400-meter relay, made up of junior Martin Stephen, senior Doug Dayhoff, senior Ryan Smith and junior John Gunnell, finished sixth overall with a time of 3:12.34.
The Hoosiers return to action on May 30-31 at the 2008 NCAA Mid East Region Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
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