BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indoor Track and Field season continued as Indiana hosted an open meet for the second consecutive weekend with the Hoosier Classic. No team scores were kept, but IU did post 11 victories in the 30 events.
The Cream and Crimson were led by eight-time All-American Aarik Wilson, who notched victories as well as NCAA provisional marks in the long and triple jump. Wilson dominated both events winning the long jump with a leap of 7.49 meters, sixth-tenths more then second-place finisher and Hoosier teammate Kyle Jenkins, and four-hundredths better then the provisional qualifying mark of 7.45. The Fallon, Nev., native then recorded a 15.67 mark in the long jump, again finishing ahead of Jenkins, who posted a 15.52. That jump also passed the 15.50 NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and fell just three-tenths short of the automatic qualifying standard.
Junior Ryan Ketchum won the mens shot put for the second consecutive week. Ketchum notched the only score over 16 meters with a throw of 17.91, passing the NCAA provisional mark of 17.75 for the second consecutive weekend. He also finished second in the weight throw with an 18.57 score.
Senior Rodney Hollis was the only other mens winner, with a first-place finish in the 800-meters in 1:53.73.
Seven other Hoosiers posted top-three finishes on the day. Freshman Marcus Thigpen ran a 6.89 in the 60-meter dash, good for second place. He also placed fourth in the 200 with a 22.52.
Senior Andre Grimes and sophomore Tremaine Warfield finished first and second, respectively, as Grimes ran a 50.32, while Warfield registered a personal-best at 50.54. Junior David Neville placed second in the 600 with a 1:21.34, while freshman teammate Doug Dayhoff was third with a 1:23.04.
Sophomore Stephanos Ioannou was third in the 60-meter hurdles with a career best time of 7.94, while classmate Britain Jorgensen was second in the high jump clearing 1.98 meters.
The women won eight events in the meet, led by sophomore Lorian Price who notched a pair of victories. Price won the long jump with a personal best of 5.72 meters. She also claimed first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.87, and was fourth in the 200-meter dash with a 25.92.
Senior Ara Towns won the 60-meter dash for the second consecutive weekend, posting a time of 7.62. Towns then earned a second place finish with a run of 25.45 in the 200.
Senior Larra Overton won the mile with a career best 5:08.22, while freshman Nikki Peterson placed first in the 800-meters with a 2:17.34. The womens 4x400-meter relay team of Michele Huber, LaDonna Ray, Zakiya Robinson and Stacey Clausing also earned a Hoosier victory with a team time of 3:53.75.
The women also garnered a number of top-three finishers. Junior Jean Schaffer and sophomore Sarah Gilleran tied for second in the high jump, clearing 1.59 meters, a PR for Gilleran. Huber and freshman Lauren Keefe placed second and third, respectively, with runs of 58.11 and 1:00.87 in the 400-meter dash, while Clausing and Ray also placed one and two, respectively, in the 600 with times of 1:34.14 and 1:37.99.
Indiana returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 22, as the Hoosiers host Ohio State and Purdue into the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The tri-meet is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m.