Hoosiers Ready for the Road
Feb. 6, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Meyo Invite marks the first time the Hoosiers will compete away from Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse in the 2008 Indoor season. The meet will take place at the Loftus Center on Notre Dame's campus in South Bend, Ind. The meet will mark the fifth straight weekend of competition for the Hoosiers. Competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. ET on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, the Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse in Bloomington. The event included over 40 teams and more than 700 athletes.
Indiana's men's team competed very well on day one of the meet, qualifying ten athletes for semifinal or final competition on Saturday, recording seven top-five finishes, four top-three finishes, and taking three first place finishes.
Indiana's men's team competed very well on day two of the meet as well, recording three career bests, seven top-five finishes, five top-three finishes, and taking two first place finishes.
BARDACH'S BEST IN THE 800m
Junior Evan Bardach was the winner in the finals of the 800m run, recording a career best time of 1:53.33. His performance shaved .32 seconds off of his career best, which he recorded on Friday, and his time was nearly a second faster than the second place finisher, Chris Wesson of Eastern Illinois.
MARTIN MARCHES TO WIN IN 600m
Indiana had two runners in the finals of the 600m run, including junior Martin Stephen who was the fastest runner in the prelims and the winner of the finals. Stephen's time of 1:19.47 was a career best, shedding nearly a full second off of his previous best, which he set on Friday.
Joining Stephen in the finals was sophomore Todd Leone, whose time of 1:20.75 was a career best as well. Leone improved by .08 seconds over his previous career best on his way to a sixth place finish in the event.
SEASON BEST IN THE RELAY
Indiana's `A' team in the 4X400m relay finished second with a time of 3:15.02. Senior Ryan Smith, juniors Martin Stephen and John Gunnell and sophomore Daniel Palmer won their heat on their way to the second place finish, and their time was a new season best.
THIGPEN DROPS TIME
Senior Marcus Thigpen continued to impress in the 60m dash, recording a season best time of 6.82 seconds in the finals. Thigpen moved to just .05 shy of his career best and only .08 short of the provisional qualifying mark of 6.74 seconds. His time was the third fastest in the finals and was only one hundredth of a second behind Dante Sales who finished second in the event.
Also competing in the finals in the 60m dash was senior Jacob Moylan. Moylan's time of 6.98 seconds was good for seventh place.
TWO TIMES THE 200m
Thigpen also ran in the 200m dash invitational, finishing in fifth with a time of 22.10, which was just two hundredths of a second behind the fourth place finisher, Darryl Jenkins of Rend Lake. In the open section of the 200m dash, senior Keith Heerdegen finished third. Heerdegen recorded a time of 21.95 seconds which is just three tenths of a second slower than his career best time, 21.65.
FEARNOW TAKES FIFTH
In the weight throw, senior Paul Fearnow had the fifth best heave in the finals. His heave of 18.33m was .30m short of the career best toss he recorded on Friday. The toss was also just five centimeters shorter than the fourth place toss by Willie Little of Indianapolis.
TURNER, BALL TAKE 4TH IN 3K
Finishing fourth in the 3,000m run invitational was freshman De'Sean Turner. Turner's time of 8:21.61 was a career best and was 2.39 seconds faster than Tim Sirbek, who finished in fifth.
In the open section of the 3,000m, another Hoosier took fourth place and recorded a career best. That Hoosier was sophomore Seth Ball, whose time of 8:45.23 was a .68 second improvement on his previous career best in the event.
LEAPERS TAKE 6TH
Senior Tyler Skelton competed in the finals in the long jump and recorded a distance of 6.87m, which was good enough for sixth place.
Sophomore Jared Nuxoll finished in sixth place in the high jump, recording a height of 2.00m.
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