Lloyd Leads Hoosiers In Day One Of Big Ten Championships
February 23, 2002
Minneapolis, Minn. - The Indiana men's track and field squad stands in fourth place with 25 points after day one of the Big Ten Men's Indoor Championships. But, the future of the meet is in question after the death of Penn State pole vaulter Kevin Dare.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dare family and Penn State University," Indiana Head Coach Marshall Goss said. "This was a gloomy day. It is hard to comment on how our team did after such a tragic event."
The Hoosiers' point total puts them only six points shy of first-place Minnesota.
Freshmen long jumpers Unrico Lloyd and Aarik Wilson did most of the damage for Indiana, finishing first and second in the event final. Lloyd's jump of 24-8 1/2 in the final round was the best jump turned in by anyone in the field all day, while Wilson's 24-5 3/4 was good for second place.
Llyod is the first Hoosier to win an indoor conference crown since 2000 and the first IU athlete to win the indoor long jump since 1985.
IU also scored in the 3,000 meters, with Chris Powers finishing in fifth place with a time of 8:16.65 and Wasyl Fedoriw placing eighth in the shot put (53-1/4).
Lloyd figures to contribute more points in tomorrow's final of the 60-meter dash, as his 6.73 in the second round on Saturday was just .02 off the meet-record 6.71 run by Purdue's Prentice Stovall later in the day.
Freshman John Jefferson also expects to score points as he advanced in the mile with a time of 4:12.65. Ryan Sarbinoff advanced in the 400 meters with 48.61 and moved forward in the 200 meters with a time of 21.64. Micah Harvey moved forward in the 60-meter hurdles with a time 8.08, a season-best for him. Ryan Huber advanced in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.82 and