Jan. 4, 2007
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Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana track and field teams begin the season on Saturday, Jan. 6, in Gladstein Fieldhouse. Action begins at noon.
Indiana Opens Season At Home
Indiana begins its 2007 track and field season in Bloomington in the Indiana Open. The Hoosiers will host six indoor meets this season.
Pate Named Interim Head Coach
Associate head track and field coach Wayne Pate was promoted to interim head men's coach in December. He takes over for former director of track and field Randy Heisler, who resigned to take a position at Ball State.
Pate is in his ninth season with the Hoosier coaching staff. He coached former IU All-Americans Rose Richmond and Aarik Wilson. He has coached 45 All-American jumpers and seven NCAA champions.
Key Returning Athletes
The Hoosiers saw several athletes step up in the spring outdoor season that could have a strong impact on the 2007 winter season. Senior Kyle Jenkins earned All-America honors at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Senior Kiwan Lawson qualified for the indoor championships a year ago in the long jump. The 4x400m All-American relay team of Doug Dayhoff, Ryan Smith, Trey Warfield and David Neville, which finished fifth at NCAA's, returns three of its four members (Neville is now competing professionally). Others who have the potential to be strong for Indiana are Marcus Thigpen (sprints), Wil Glover (sprints), Marcus Aguilar (distance), Evan Bardach (distance), Mark Fruin (distance), Jeff Coover (vault), Dan Kinsey (multi), and Greg Brown (throws).
The Hoosier coaching staff is excited about several of its incoming athletes. Tim McLeod was redshirted last year during the indoor season. He recently finished fifth at the Las Vegas Marathon. Another freshman who could make a strong impact is Eric Werskey, who competed in the shot put at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
Three members of the Hoosiers track and field team also play football for Indiana. Marcus Thigpen, Greg Brown and Dan Kinsey participated with coach Terry Hoeppner's squad during the fall.
Thigpen led the nation in kick return yardage in 2006, averaging 30.13 yards per return. He also amassed 387 rushing yards on the season as a running back. He is a standout sprinter for Indiana, and stands fourth all-time in the Hoosier record books with a 6.77 time in the 60m.
Brown, a starting defensive tackle, tallied 42 tackles on the season, with a game high of seven against Connecticut on Sept. 23. He did not compete during the track season last year, but has a personal best of 15.88m in the shot and 16.22m in the weight throw, done in 2005.
Kinsey played in three games last season at defensive back. He will compete in the multi events this fall. In high school, Kinsey was a national champion decathlete.
Indiana To Host Big Ten Men's Championship
The Hoosiers will host the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Men's Championship on Feb. 24-25. Indiana last hosted the championship in 2000. Its last team win was in 1992.