Men's Track

    IU Set for Tyson Invitational

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    The Indiana men's and women's track and field team continue it's road swing as the Hoosiers travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to participate in the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas. The two-day event begins on Friday, Feb. 11 with the meet scheduled to start at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 12, events will get underway at 10 a.m.

    Over 30 schools will compete with Indiana and host Arkansas in the Tyson Invitational. Some programs participating will be Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Florida State, Houston, Jackson State, Kentucky, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA.

    The Indiana men's track and field team moved up to No. 2 in the country in the latest Trackwire 25 power rankings, released on Tuesday, Feb. 8. The Hoosiers had been No. 3 for the past three weeks. The Hoosiers tallied a season-high 44 points in the power ranking, eight more then last week, and trail only defending national champion Arkansas, who totaled 70 points. The men's team has been ranked since the start of the indoor season, earning No. 4 in the initial 2005 power rankings, released on Jan. 10. Since that time, IU has passed Florida and Big Ten rival Michigan.

    Sean Jefferson EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
    Senior Sean Jefferson became the third Hoosier this season to be honored with the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Week accolade, announced the conference earlier this week. Jefferson was named Co-BT AOW, along with Michigan's Kevin Willis, following both student-athletes performances at the Meyo Classic. Jefferson broke four minutes in the mile setting an IU school record, while Willis ran the nation's fastest 3,000-meter time of the season ,clocked at 7:48.65 at the Meyo Classic to earn first as well as an NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

    Sean and John Jefferson competed in the mile against each other for the first time this season at the Meyo Classic on Feb. 5. 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 time of 3:57.04.

    The Jefferson's weren't the only ones breaking records at the Meyo Classic. 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, Haas also passed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 7:56.00.


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