Men's Track

    Hoosiers Host Indiana Team Classic

    Go Hoosiers! Jeff Coover leads Indiana in the pole vault.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jeff Coover leads Indiana in the pole vault.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 18, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana hosts its third meet of the season on Saturday, Jan. 20, beginning at noon. Scheduled to attend is Purdue, Indiana State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Alabama and Wright State. The Hoosiers have six meets remaining after this weekend.

    Junior Kyle Jenkins started the year off at the Indiana Open on Jan. 6 with a provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump. His leap of 15.51 meters is just off his indoor personal-best mark of 15.45 meters. He was an All-American in the event in the 2006 outdoor season.

    Jenkins was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9 for his performance at the Indiana Open.

    Senior Kiwan Lawson leaped to a distance of 7.49 meters in the Indiana Open on Jan. 6. His mark was three inches off a provisional qualifying time. Lawson qualified for NCAA's in the event last season in indoor competition.

    He continued his winning ways at the Indiana Open II on Jan. 13, again winning the long jump and finishing first in the 200-meter dash.

    Sophomore Paul Fearnow won the weight throw on Jan. 13 at the Indiana Open II, clearing 18 meters for the first time in his career with a toss of 18.29 meters.

    Sophomore Jeff Coover cleared 5.10 meters in the pole vault at the Indiana Open on Jan. 6. The mark tied his personal best, which was set last season at the Hoosier Relays on Feb. 4, 2006.

    Freshmen Jared Nuxoll, Eric Werskey and Chris Sackmann have all had strong performances in their first season with the team. Werskey holds Indiana's top mark this year in the shot put, tossing 17.67 meters at the Indiana Open II on Jan. 13, and is second in the weight throw with a distance of 16.06 meters at the Indiana Open on Jan. 6. Sackmann leads the Hoosiers in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.28 in the Indiana Open II. Nuxoll has the best mark in the high jump, clearing 2.02 meters at the Indiana Open II.

    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.

    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.

    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. The Hoosiers finished fifth last year.



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