SOUTH BEND, Ind.--Sean and John Jefferson provided all the excitement in the final day of the Meyo Classic. Sean Jefferson broke Jim Spivey’s 23-year old school record in the mile with a career-best run of 3 minutes, 56.44 seconds, finishing in first place, while brother John was right behind him placing second with a personal-best time of 3:57.85. Both runners surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard (3:59.30). Spivey previously set the record in 1982 at the TAC Championships with a 3:57.04.
“It feels great to work so hard and finally accomplish this goal,” said Sean Jefferson. “Breaking the four-minute mark has been a goal of mine for some time. I knew I was in shape to do it. I really didn’t think to much about my brother, I just stayed focus on winning the race the whole time.”
“We both wanted to break that four-minute mark,” said John Jefferson. “It feels great especially for me coming off my injury last year. I feel stronger, and I am in better shape. I was in third coming around that final lap, and I saw my brother ahead and that just gave me that extra energy to finish behind him in second.”
Both runs rank as the second and third best times in the 2005 collegiate indoor season.
Senior Stephen Haas also broke a school record, taking Bob Kennedy’s 14-year old mark in the 3000-meters. Haas placed second in the race with career-best time of 7:51.00, nearly five seconds better then Kennedy ran in a 1991 meet against Tennessee (7:55.93). In the process, Hass also passed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 7:56.00.
Also turning in a great record-breaking performance was the men's 4x400m relay team consisting of David Neville, Doug Dayhoff, Rodney Hollis and Andre Grimes. The quartet ran a 3:09.59, surpassing the previous school record, 3:10.00, set in 1984 at the Big Ten Championships. The relay's time currently ranks sixth in the nation.
Senior Aarik Wilson also had a solid performance at the meet, taking first in the triple jump with an NCAA provisional mark of 16.19 meters, currently the best mark in the event in the nation. He also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 7.56m.
Junior Ryan Ketchum won the shot put for the fourth time this year. Ketchum recorded a throw of 17.56 meters. He also placed 13th in the weight throw with a toss of 16.35m.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team earned an NCAA provisional mark with a time of 3:09.54, finishing second behind Northern Iowa’s 3:08.09.
Junior David Neville won the 200-meter dash with an NCAA provisional time of 21.18.
Senior Eric Redman was second in the mile with a time of 4:09.23, while freshman Chris Honing was ninth with a 4:18.11 run.
Senior Wil Fleming took second in the weight throw with a toss of 19.19 meters, while senior Jake Wiseman was fifth in the pole vault clearing 4.95m.
Sophomore Stephanos Ioannou’s personal-best time of 7.88m in the 60-meter hurdles earned him a fifth-place finish, while freshman Kyle Jenkins was seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 14.73m.
Freshman Marcus Thigpen continued his solid freshman campaign with a sixth-place showing in the 60-meter dash with a run of 6.86 seconds, and 19th in the 200 with a career-best time of 22.28. Senior Rodney Hollis placed ninth in the 800 with a posted time of 1:50.76.
"It was just a great day today for this program,” said Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler. “Anytime you break the records of two Olympians is great. We came here looking for some big marks and times, and that is exactly what we did.”
Indiana returns to action next weekend, Feb 11-12, as the Hoosiers participate in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.