Feb. 8, 2006
Weekly Release - Tyson Invitational
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After five consecutive home meets, the Indiana men's and women's track team travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational on Friday, Feb. 11-Saturday, Feb. 12.
HOOSIER RELAYS RECAP
The Hoosiers continued to improve as they claimed seven first-place finishes at the Hoosier Relays on Feb. 3-4. A meet that featured over 1,000 of some of the nation's top athletes, IU recorded three NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Courtney Johnson recorded a personal and team best in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.43. Johnson's time met the NCAA's provisional standard in the event and was good enough for first-place in the finals. Kiwan Lawson took second in the long jump with a leap of 7.53m (24-7.25), and met the NCAA provisional mark in the event. David Neville, who narrowly claimed the 400m title, met the standard in the event for the second time this season.
Additionally, Marcus Aguliar won the men's 5,000m, Jeff Coover claimed the pole vault title for the fifth straight week and Candace Perry nabbed first place in the women's long jump.
2005 TYSON INVITE RECAP
Last year's Tyson Invite proved to be a successful meet for the Hoosiers. Stephen Haas set the school record in the 5,000 with an NCAA automatic qualifying and personal best time of 13.41.42. The men's DMR team finished runner-up with a time of 9:33.11, which met the provisional mark. Additionally, former standout Aarik Wilson and David Neville both boasted event-qualifying scores at the meet.
ONE STEP CLOSER
So far this season, five Hoosiers are one step closer to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. David Neville, Stacey Clausing and Ryan Ketchum have all met the NCAA's provisional qualifying marks in their respective events. Neville, who is second on the NCAA's performance list, was clocked at 46.67 at the Hoosier Open en route to earning an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the men's 400m. Kiwan Lawson punched his ticket at Feb. 4th's Hoosier Relays in the men's long jump with an impressive leap of 7.50m (24-7.25). In the shot put, Ryan Ketchum hurdled an event-best throw of 17.88m (58-8.00) to meet the provisional mark as well.
On the women's side, Stacey Clausing recorded a personal and season best time of 54.31 in the 400m to meet the provisional mark at last weekend's Indiana Invitational. Courtney Johnson, who swept the competition in the women's 60m hurdles of the Hoosier Relays, met the provisional mark by running a 8.43 in the event.
AMONG THE NATIONS ELITE
The Indiana men's track team continues to earn national recognition with a No. 19 in the Feb. 6 Trackwire rankings. IU shares the ranking with Baylor, Texas Tech and Alabama.
Three Hoosier men can be round in Trackwire's Dandy Dozen list. David Neville is listed in both the 200m (10th) and 400m (6th). For the mile, Sean Jefferson still maintains his No. 4 slot, while Stephen Haas is ranked in the 3,000m and 5,000m in the No. 10 and No. 7 spots, respectively.
In the most recent NCAA Performance Lists, Neville is the third fastest athlete in the 400m with a time of 46.67 on Jan. 7. Ryan Ketchum can be found on the shot put list at No. 24 for his 17.88m hurl on Jan. 21.
For the women, Stacey Clausing's NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.31 on Jan. 21 is good enough for 14th on the performance list.
DOUBLE THE DISTANCE
After a successful fall cross country campaign, Sean and John Jefferson have their sights set on Big Ten and NCAA crowns for the indoor season. Both Jeffersons were All-Americans in the mile with Sean Jefferson setting the school record (3:56.44) at last year's Meyo Classic.
The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams wrap up regular season action with the Hoosier Hills Invite on Friday, Feb. 17. The final home meet of the season in slated to begin at 5 p.m. in Gladstein Fieldhouse. Visit IUHOOSIERS.com for the latest news and results.