BLOOMINGTON, Ind . The Indiana mens and womens track and field team hosted its fourth meet of the indoor season, as the Cream and Crimson hosted the first of the Hoosier Relays on Friday, Jan. 28. in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
The men recorded 18 qualifiers for Saturdays championship heats. The Hoosiers were led by senior Rodney Hollis, who picked up the only championship victory on the day. Hollis placed first in the 800-meter invite in a time of 1:52.69. The 800- invite was one of five championship events that took place on Friday.
Freshman Marcus Thigpen moved into the finals of the 60-meter dash after placing fourth in the preliminaries and sixth in the semi-finals with two posted times of 6.88.
Thigpen and senior Andre Grimes also advanced to the final heat of the 200-meter dash. Thigpen placed seventh in the preliminaries with a personal-best 22.48, while Grimes finished 11th with a time of 22.53.
Sophomore David Neville and freshman Doug Dayhoff moved onto the finals of the 400 after Neville took sixth with a time of 49.75 and Dayhoff 10th with a run of 48.78 in the preliminaries.
Freshman Tyler Bush posted a personal-best 1:24.70 to take ninth place in the 600 and advance to Saturdays final heat, while freshmen Brian Sullivan and Brennon Plotner moved into Saturdays championship mile heat. Plotner finished sixth in the prelims with a 4:20.34, while Plotner was right behind him in seven-place with a 4:27.15.
Sophomore Stephanos Ioannou and senior David Lewis moved into Saturdays final in the 60-meter hurdles. Ioannou finished third in the preliminaries notching a career-best time and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.91. Lewis finished sixth with a time of 8.10.
Sophomore Kiwan Lawson won the long jump to move into Saturdays final. Lawson tied a career-high with a jump of 7.43-meters, just missing the NCAA provisional mark of 7.45.
Junior Ryan Ketchum finished second in the shot put and seventh in the weight throw to move into the finals. Ketchum scored an NCAA provisional mark of 17.80-metrs in the shot put, and recorded a throw of 17.57-meters in the 35lb weight throw.
Senior Wil Fleming also moved into the finals in the weight throw after placing fifth in the preliminaries with a mark of 18.14.
Freshman Corbin Davis finished in fifth place in the championship heat of the pole vault tying a career-best with a clear of 4.40-meters,
Day Two of the Hoosier Relays will begin at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, inside the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.