Jan. 24, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana hosts the Gladstein Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27. Action tenatively begins at noon EST on both days. The Hoosiers have three home meets remaining after this weekend, plus the Big Ten Championship.
Junior Kyle Jenkins won the triple jump at the Indiana Open on Jan. 20 with a leap of 15.86 meters. The distance was his second provisional qualifying mark in the event this year, and is currently the longest jump in the country in the event. It is also a personal best for Jenkins. 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, when he jumped 15.51 meters in the triple jump.
LAWSON GOING LONG
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, taking the long jump again 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. The throw ranked fourth on the all-time list at Indiana.
Junior Ryan Smith had a solid day at the Indiana Team Classic on Jan. 20. His time of 1:19.61 in the 600 meters ranks third on the all-time Hoosier list. He finished second in the event.
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.
Also included in this list is redshirt freshman Tyler McCreary, who leads the team in the mile run, clocking in at 4:10.39 at the Indiana Team Classic.
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.
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. The Hoosiers finished fifth last year.