Jan. 16, 2008
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SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Track and Field program continues the indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers hope to continue their promising season as competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET. The meet marks the second straight weekend in which the fieldhouse has hosted an event, having hosted the Indiana Open on Jan. 12.
PARKING UPDATES FOR THE INDOOR SEASON
Due to the beginning stages of construction of the Basketball Development Center, Indiana Athletics had announced some parking changes for teams and fans for the 2008 indoor track and field season. Due to the construction, the Blue Lot south of Gladstein Fieldhouse will be closed for the next 15 months, along with Gate No. 14, which previously permitted traffic from North Fee lane to turn into the Blue Lot.
IU Indoor Track and Field parking for the next two indoor season will be in the Green Lot directly north of Gladstein Fieldhouse, which also serves the IU Tennis Center. Parking access will be through Gates No. 12 and No. 13 from North Fee Lane. A limited amount of car/van parking is in numbered parking spaces north of Gladstein Fieldhouse. Any buses will have to park in the Green Lot.
Team entry to Gladstein Fieldhouse will be designated by a banner at the Fieldhouse's northwest doors. Spectator entry will be through a set of north-facing double doors situated between Assembly Hall and Gladstein Fieldhouse, which also will be designated by directional banners. IU Athletics Events Staff will be in position at the spectator entry doors to direct fans to the seating area.
THE AIR UP THERE
Leading the men's team was sophomore high jumper Jared Nuxoll who started off the new season with a career best jump of 2.10m on his way to winning the event, eclipsing his previous mark of 2.02m which he set at the meet in 2007. He narrowly missed the NCAA Provisional mark of 2.14m in his last attempt.
All-American junior Kyle Jenkins finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 15.49, which was only .37m short of his career best indoors. The jump was longer than the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark of 15.40 meaning that Jenkins has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
HURDLING THE OPPOSITION
Sophomore Chris Sackmann bested his career record of 8.13 in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.10 in the event final. The time was enough to get him first place in the event, finishing .07 seconds ahead of the competition. His time is the fourth fastest time in school history, pushing his previous career best to fifth.
Sackmann later ran the men's 4X400m relay team with junior Martin Stephen, freshman De'Sean Turner and sophomore Daniel Palmer. The group placed second with a time of 3:19.99, which was just .36 seconds behind Illinois who won the event.
FOUR HUNDRED MORE
The 4X400 was Palmer's second run of 400 meters on the day, the first of which earned him a second place finish in the 400m event. His time of 50.04 was less than .5 seconds over his personal best in the event of 49.59.
TWO ATOP THE 200
Also, senior Keith Heerdegen and freshman Devin Pipkin finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 meter dash. For Heerdegen, his time of 22.17 seconds was just shy of his career best of 21.65.
ZERO TO SIXTY IN SEVEN SECONDS
Junior Wil Glover ran to second place in the 60m dash with a time of 6.88 which is just .08 seconds over his career best of 6.80.
THREE SECONDS FASTER
In the 600 meter run, junior Martin Stephen recorded his career best with a time of 1:20.75, shattering his previous best of 1:23.30. His great time was just .20 seconds behind Gary Miller of Illinois for second place.
THROWING HIS WEIGHT AROUND
Senior Paul Fearnow placed second in the weight throw with a toss of 17.51m. The heave was just .46 meters short of the winning throw by Andrew Hackney of Louisville. The throw was only .14m short of the fifth all-time throw in IU history, a 1994 heave by Joe Hall that traveled 17.65. Fearnow's career record of 18.29 is currently the fourth longest throw in school history.
GIVE IT A SHOT
Sophomore Patrick Dalton beat his career best in the shot put with a toss of 15.94m, besting the previous mark of 15.76m. The toss was good enough to earn Dalton second place, behind only Louisville's Weston Banks.
NATION'S BEST COME TO BLOOMINGTON
The Big Ten/SEC Challenge brings several nationally ranked programs to Gladstein Fieldhouse, raising the level of competition for the Hoosiers. Two teams ranked in the top five in the USTFCCCA National Rankings for indoor track and field will visit Bloomington on Saturday. No. 3 Tennessee and fourth-ranked Florida will participate in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge.
This weekend won't be the first time Indiana has competed against a ranked team this indoor season, however. Louisville visited Gladstein Fieldhouse for the Indiana Open on Jan. 12, and the Cardinals are ranked sixth.