Men's Track

    Indiana Closes Out Regular at Hoosier Hills Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! John Gennell and the Hoosiers round out the regular season at the Hoosier Hills Invite on Friday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    John Gennell and the Hoosiers round out the regular season at the Hoosier Hills Invite on Friday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 15, 2006

    Weekly Notes - Hoosier Hills Invite
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's and women's track and field teams wrap up the regular season with one final home meet. IU is set to host the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. The meet will take place in Gladstein Fieldhouse.

    Tyson Invite Recap
    Against some of the nation's top athletes at the Tyson Invitational, the Indiana men's and women's track and field teams concluded action with 17 top-10 finishes, 16 new personal best marks, one first-place title, a NCAA automatic qualifying time and one provisional qualifying mark.

    In the women's mile, both Larra Overton and Kelly Siefker broke five-minute miles and recorded new personal best marks. Overton crossed the line in the event's third-fastest time of 4:52.80, while Siefker finished close behind in fifth place with a time of 4:53.44. Candace Perry continued to look strong in the women's long jump with a third-place leap of 5.94m (19-06.00).

    On the men's side, Kiwan Lawson, who earned an NCAA provisional qualifying standard at Feb. 3 & 4 Hoosier Relays in the long jump, recorded a new personal best and a first-place crown with an impressive jump of 7.75m (25-05.25). Lawson's mark also ranks him fourth in the Hoosier record books. Teammate Tyler Skelton etched a new personal best next to his name in the event with a 16th-place leap of 7.04m (23-01.25).

    In his first meet of the season, Stephen Haas, one of the country's best distance runners, clocked a 13:44.09, a NCAA automatic qualifying mark, a fourth-place finish in the men's 5,000m. Haas is the first Hoosier to earn an automatic time to secure his place at the NCAA Championships. In the mile, Eric Redman nearly broke a four-minute mile when he crossed the line in a new personal best and third-place time of 4:03.78. Additionally, Redman's time met the NCAA's provisional qualifying standard in the event making him the seventh Hoosier this season to meet a standard.

    Both the women's 4x400m relay and DMR teams ran a season-best race with times of 3:44.80 and 11:49.23, respectively. The men's 4x400m relay team continued to get faster clocking in at a season-fast time of 3:14.37.

    In the men's 200m, David Neville's time of 21.36 was good enough for third place in the event, while teammates Marcus Thigpen and Wil Glover recorded new personal bests in the event. Thigpen then went on to claim fourth in the 60m with a time of 6.88.

    In third best mark in Hoosier history, Ryan Ketchum, in the men's weight throw, took sixth place with a new personal best mark of 18.61m (61-00.75).

    Hoosier Men Maintain National Ranking
    The Indiana men's track and field team continues to prove it's one of the nation's top teams. The Hoosiers were tabbed No. 22 in Trackwire's Feb. 13 rankings. IU shares the ranking with Notre Dame, UTEP and Oral Roberts. Along with Indiana, Big Ten foes Wisconsin and Michigan are ranked in the top 25. In the most recent NCAA Performance Lists, a total of five Hoosiers can be found. David Neville ranks seventh in the men's 400m, Kiwan Lawson, in the men's long jump, was tabbed at No. 29 for his first-place jump at the Hoosier Relays and Ryan Ketchum can be found at No. 29 in the shot put. On the women's side, Stacey Clausing is the 21st fastest female in the 400m , while teammate Courtney Johnson is 38th in the 60m hurdles.

    One Step Closer
    So far this season, Indiana's Stephen Haas in the men's 5,000m is the only Hoosier to earn a NCAA automatic qualifying mark. David Neville (400m), Stacey Clasuing (400m), Ryan Ketchum (shot put), Kiwan Lawson (long jump), Courtney Johnson (60m hurdles) and Eric Redman (mile) have all earned provisional qualifying marks in their respective events.

    What's Next?
    The Hoosier men and women part ways for the Big Ten Championship. The women head to Wisconsin, while the men will compete at Iowa on Feb. 25-26. Visit for the most up-to-date coverage and results.



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