BLOOMINGTON, Ind . The Indiana mens track and field team claimed two more victories in the final day of the Hoosier Relays, held on Saturday afternoon in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
I think that we came out a bit flat today, said Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler. But that is understandable with this being our first back-to-back competition of the season. Overall, I think it was a great meet with some good competition, and this will help us prepare for the Big Tens and the NCAAs.
Sophomore Kiwan Lawson won the long jump with a mark of 7.34-meters. The score was nearly three-tenths better than the second place finisher.
Kiwan has had a great fall training, said associate head coach/jumps coach Wayne Pate. All the jumpers are in a training mode right now, preparing for the Big Ten, but for all the jumpers to get the scores they are getting now with the hard training we are doing, it is very encouraging.
Junior Ryan Ketchum was the victor in the shot put, garnering an NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 18.06. It was the fourth time this year that Ketchum has recorded a provisional score in the shot put, with 18.35 his season-high set at last weeks Big Ten Tri-Meet. Ketchum also placed fifth in the weight throw registering 18.35-meters.
The competition was a lot deeper in the throwing events this weekend, said Heisler, who also doubles as the throws coach. They have had a hard week of training and they have improved tremendously throughout the year. I feel confident that once the Big Tens come, we will see some big throws from them.
Sophomore David Neville finished second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.33. With the run, Neville tied a career-best, as well as passing the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 47.65.
Neville was also part of a heroic 4x400-meter relay team that took third with a time of 3:16.85. The Hoosiers were in last place in their heat, as sophomore leadoff runner David Moylan pulled up coming around the final turn. He was able to get the baton to senior Rodney Hollis, who then began an IU comeback. Hollis was able to get Indiana into the fifth spot and then hand off the running to sophomore Andre Grimes, who proceeded to get the Hoosiers to fourth place. Neville anchored the race and at one point got the Hoosiers into second, but South Alabama was able to hold off the Cream and Crimson and take second with a time of 3:16.46.
Sophomore Stephanos Ioannou took home third place in the 60-meter hurdles with a run of 7.96, while senior David Lewis was sixth with an 8.11
Freshman Marcus Thigpen also had a good showing with a fourth-place finish in the 60 and a fifth place run in the 200 with times of 6.90 and 22.51, respectively.
Freshman Doug Dayhoff placed fourth in the 400 with a 48.85, while Grimes was sixth in the 200 with a 22.54. Two other freshmen finished in the top 10, as Brian Sullivan and Brennon Plotner finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the mile. Sullivan ran a 4:21.12, while Plotner finished with a 4:24.78, both improvements over Fridays preliminary trials.
Sophomore Britain Jorgensen also had a top 10 finish, taking seventh in the high jump with a mark of 1.93-meters.
The mens team returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 5, as the Hoosiers hit the road for the first time this year. Indiana will travel to South Bend, Ind., to participate in the Mayo Classic.