Hoosiers Ready for Indiana Relays
Jan. 30, 2008
NOTE: The Women's 200 and the Men's 200 heats 10-21 will be ran as a final Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m. due to the size of the meet.
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will compete in the Indiana Relays on Friday and Saturday. The meet will take place at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse, marking the fourth consecutive weekend in which the fieldhouse will host a meet. Competition is tentatively set to begin at 3 p.m. ET on Friday and at noon ET on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers participated in the Gladstein Invitational at Gladstein Fieldhouse on Jan. 25-26. The meet included more than forty schools and over 700 athletes.
The men's team saw great success on Friday recording ten career best marks, 16 top five finishes, six top three finishes, and a first place finish in one event. Saturday was much of the same as the Hoosiers recorded nine career bests, 13 top five finishes, seven top three finishes, and three first place finishes.
GONE IN 60 METERS
Senior Marcus Thigpen improved his season best mark in the 60m on the way to a first place finish in the event. His time of 6.85 seconds is just .08 slower than his career best and just .11 off of the provisional qualifying time of 6.74 seconds.
Junior Wil Glover finished just .06 seconds behind Thigpen for second place in the event, and senior Jacob Moylan joined his two teammates in the top five, finishing in 6.97 for fifth place. A fourth Hoosier, freshman Devin Pipkin finished seventh in the event.
TURNER TAKES THE 800m
Freshman De'Sean Turner recorded a career best time of 1:52.36 en route to a victory in the 800m run. Turner was more than a full second ahead of the other competitors in the event.
Sophomore Seth Ball also recorded a career best in the event with a time of 2:00.13.
RAISING THE BAR
Junior John Gunnell reeled in a third place finish for the Hoosiers with a career best time of 1:21.19 in the 600m run.
Sophomore Daniel Palmer also recorded a career best in the event. His time of 1:24.49 was good enough for eighth place.
FOUR TIMES THE FUN
Gunnell joined Turner, Moylan, and Bardach in the relay as well, finishing in 3:23.07, which was good enough for fifth place.
THE AIR UP THERE
Sophomore Jared Nuxoll finished fourth in the high jump, clearing a height of 2.05m. The mark put him into a three-way tie for third, which saw Nuxoll finish fourth after tiebreakers were put into effect.
NO FAULT IN THE VAULT
Junior Blayne Burkholder cleared 4.90m in the pole vault, which is just 5 centimeters short of his career best of 4.95. His effort was good for fourth place.
MULTI-PLE CAREER BESTS FOR SCHMITZ
The Gladstein Invitational marked the first event of the season for the Hoosiers that included the heptathlon. Four events of the heptathlon took place on Friday. The remaining three took place on Saturday.
The first event, the 60m dash, was good for IU as all three Hoosiers recorded career best times in the event and earned upwards of 700 points. Sackmann won the event with a time of 7.13 seconds, which cut .29 seconds off of his previous career record and was good enough for 837 points.
Robb finished third in the event with a time of 7.24, shedding .18 seconds off of his previous career best in the 60m and netting him 799 points. Schmitz's time of 7.53 seconds was also a career best and netted him 703 points.
The next event was the long jump, which saw career best leaps from Schmitz and Robb, who both finished in the top three. Robb finished second with his jump of 6.33m, which was good for 659 points. Schmitz leapt 6.26m for 644 points, adding .18m to his previous best of 6.08m.
Schmitz recorded two career bests in the three events of the heptathlon that took place on Saturday. He recorded a career best clearance of 3.35m in the pole vault and won the 1100m run with a career best time of 2:41.37.
The two career bests made five for the invitational after the three he had on Friday. The marks also resulted in a career best of 4,412 points in the heptathlon and a fifth place finish.
HAAS HAS CAREER DAY
Sophomore Paul Haas finished in fifth place in the shot put. His mark of 15.65m was just four centimeters short of the fourth place finisher and only one centimeter short of his career best of 15.66.
P.R.s IN THE 200m
Two Hoosiers recorded career bests in the 200m dash. Pipkin finished in 22.34 seconds, and Stephen finished in 22.70 seconds.
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