Jan. 23, 2008
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SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Track and Field program continues the indoor season on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, in the Gladstein Invitational at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers hope to continue their promising season as competition is set to begin at noon ET on Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The meet marks the third straight weekend in which the fieldhouse has hosted an event, having hosted the Indiana Open on Jan. 12 and the Big Ten/SEC Challenge on Jan. 19.
GLADSTEIN INVITATIONAL TEAM PARKING INFORMATION
Due to the IU men's basketball game vs. Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m., teams should enter through Gate 13 and drive all the way until they are almost to the North lobby loop and turn left as if they were going to park near the Spectator Entrance. They can then proceed to the Team Entrance and drop off, then drive forward and back out Gate 13. The parking area on the north side of the field house is one way to the east, if teams properly use this loop it will prevent clusters of traffic.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
The Indiana Track and Field program competed in the Big Ten/SEC Challenge on Saturday. The meet pitted four Big Ten schools against five SEC schools. The meet score after all events saw the SEC come out on top, 187 to 156.
The Indiana men's team performed well, getting eleven top-three finishes including four first place finishes, against the SEC opponents that included No. 3 Tennessee and No. 4 Florida on the men's side. Also, the Hoosiers recorded 13 career bests on the day.
JENKINS JUMPS TO TWO WINS
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was senior Kyle Jenkins, who won two events on the day. A week after reaching the provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump in a first place effort at the Indiana Open, the All-American again won the triple jump event with a leap of 15.38m (50-5 1/2), which was just .02m short of the reaching the provisional mark again.
Jenkins also won the long jump event with a leap of 6.89m (22-7 1/4), besting Brendan Ames of Kentucky by .03m.
A MILE IN McCREARY'S SHOES
The other two first place finishes by the Hoosiers were at the feet of junior Tyler McCreary. His effort in the mile run at a time of 4:10.71 was just .32 seconds longer than his previous career best of 4:10.39. He was followed in by freshman De'Sean Turner who finished third in the event, recording a career best time of 4:13.32.
McCreary and Turner then teamed up with senior Brennon Plotner and junior Evan Bardach to win the 4X800 Meter Relay. The team finished in 7:43.69, nearly two seconds ahead of the second place Illinois squad.
RAISING THE BAR
Junior Kyle Lechlitner matched his career best in the pole vault in his second place effort. His vault of 4.70m (15-5) was good enough for second place. Lechlitner previously vaulted the height at the Indiana Open on Jan. 6, 2007.
ANOTHER BEST FOR SACKMANN
Sophomore Chris Sackmann reached a career best in the 60m hurdles for the second straight week. After finishing the event in a winning effort last week in 8.10 seconds, Sackmann finished in 8.06 for a third place finish on Saturday. Sackmann continues to close the gap between his time and the provisional qualifying time of 7.91 seconds.
HOOSIERS AT HEAD OF THE PACK
Juniors Jordan Kyle and Tim McLeod finished second and third, respectively, in the 3000 meter run. Kyle finished in 8:21.44 seconds, and McLeod's time of 8:24.81 is a new career best.
Junior Evan Bardach finished just 1.27 seconds behind race-winner Gary Miller in the 800m run for a third place finish. His time of 1:54.67 was less than a second more than his career best of 1:53.69.
DALTON HAS IS DAY... AGAIN
Sophomore Patrick Dalton had a career day in the field, as he threw career bests in both the weight throw and the shot put. His distance of 15.99m (52-5 1/2) was .59m better than his previous best in the weight throw. In the shot put he joined three teammates in recording career best in the event. His heave of 16.28 (53-5) greatly improved on his career best of 15.40m. The meet marked the second straight week in which Dalton had improved his career best in both events.
SOPHOMORE SWING IN THE SHOT PUT
Sophomore Paul Haas threw a career best in the shot put with a heave of 15.66m (51-4 1/2). Fellow sophomores Matt Schmitz and Chris Sackmann each threw career bests as well in the event. Schmitz's toss was an improvement of .68m on his previous career mark. Adding in Dalton, the Hoosiers had four sophomores with career bests in the event on the day.