Feb. 14, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Indiana returns to Gladstein Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 16, as it hosts Hoosier Hills. Action begins at 3 pm.
INDIANA RANKED IN TOP 25
The Indiana men's track and field team were listed in the Trackwire 25 Power Rankings on Feb. 6, coming in at No. 19. The poll is determined based on projected NCAA meet points.
Junior Kyle Jenkins won the triple jump at the Indiana Open on Jan. 20 with a leap of 15.86 meters. The leap is currently the seventh longest jump in the country in the event. It is also a personal best for Jenkins. He was an All-American in the event in the 2006 outdoor season.
Jenkins was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 of this season for his triple jump performances.
LAWSON GOING LONG
Senior Kiwan Lawson leaped to a distance of 7.75 meters at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9, which currently is the fourth best jump in the nation. The provisional qualifying mark ties his personal best in the event, and ranks fifth on the all-time list at Indiana. He also qualified for the NCAA tournament in the long jump last season.
Sophomore Jeff Coover won the pole vault at the Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 27, clearing 5.20 meters, a provisional qualifying mark. It is Coover's personal best. He also cleared the mark at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9.
SPRINTING TO SUCCESS
Sophomore Wil Glover ran his best time of the season in the 60-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 10 with a time of 6.85. Junior Keith Heerdegen leads Indiana in the 200-meter dash. He ran a time of 21.91 at the Gladstein Invitational on Jan. 26.
Sophomore Paul Fearnow won the weight throw on Jan. 13 at the Indiana Open II, clearing 18 meters for the first time in his career, with a toss of 18.29 meters. The throw ranks fourth on the all-time list at Indiana.
Junior Ryan Smith had a solid day at the Indiana Team Classic on Jan. 20. His time of 1:19.61 in the 600-meters ranks third on the all-time Hoosier list. He finished second in the event.
OVER THE HURDLES
Freshman Chris Sackmann continues to improve his personal best time in the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.24 at the Indiana Relays on Feb. 2. His time in the event ranks fifth all-time at Indiana.
Several freshmen are leading the Hoosiers in their respective events. Eric Werskey holds Indiana's top mark this year in the shot put, tossing 17.67 meters at the Indiana Open II on Jan. 13, and is second in the weight throw with a distance of 16.06 meters at the Indiana Open on Jan. 6. Jared Nuxoll has the best mark in the high jump, clearing 2.02 meters at the Indiana Open II.
Freshman Jordan Kyle, who earned All-America honors in cross country in the fall, ran a time of 14:29.66 in the 5,000-meters at the Gladstein Invitational. He finished second in the event. Kyle also holds Indiana's top time in the 3,000-meter run, coming in with a time of 8:14.71 at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 10.
Redshirt freshman Tyler McCreary leads the team in the mile run, clocking in at 4:10.39 at the Indiana Team Classic.
PATE NAMED INTERIM HEAD COACH
Associate head track and field coach Wayne Pate was promoted to interim head men's coach in December. He takes over for former director of track and field Randy Heisler, who resigned to take a position at Ball State.
Pate is in his ninth season with the Hoosier coaching staff. He coached former IU All-Americans Rose Richmond and Aarik Wilson. He has coached 45 All-American jumpers and seven NCAA champions.
INDIANA TO HOST BIG TEN MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Hoosiers will host the 2007 Big Ten Indoor Men's Championship on Feb. 24-25. Indiana last hosted the championship in 2000. Its last team win was in 1992. The Hoosiers finished fifth last year.