HOOSIERS HOST USAT&F CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 23, 1999 HOOSIERS HOST USAT&F CHAMPIONSHIPS
Upcoming Meet Information: The Hoosiers host the USA Track & Field Inddor Championships Friday at the Gladstein Fieldhouse beginning at 4 p.m.
Results...will be available on the web at www.athletics.indiana.edu.
Event Schedule: Times will change based upon the number of entrants per event.
Friday, February 26
4:00 p.m. W 5000m
4:00 p.m. M Long Jump
Head Coach Marshall Goss...is in his first year as the Indiana head coach and 16th year with the program.
Last Meet: The Indiana Men's Track and Field team finished fourth with 76 points at the Big Ten Championships at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in Madison, Wisconsin. That is the Hoosiers best finish since winning the indoor championship in 1992.
IU junior Kurt Krick started the Hoosier scoring by repeating as the Big Ten indoor shot put champion with a mark of 18.18m (59-7 3/4). Krick is currently rated fourth in the NCAA with a best of 18.99m (62-3 3/4).
The first day ended with the biggest Hoosier surprise. The Distance Medley Relay team won the Big Ten indoor championship in 9:54.01. Sophomore Mikko Simos started the race with the 1200m leg, senior Trent Davis followed with the 400m segment, junior Dan Billish took the 800m stretch, and sophomore Aaron Gillen closed the race with a 4:08 split in the 1600m.
The sprints helped the Hoosier scoring as freshman Raheem Ellis won the 200m championship in 21.42 and grabbed third in the 60m at 6.80. Junior Russell Brooks also score in the 200m and 60m. Brooks took fourth (21.78) and tied for sixth (6.84), respectively. Junior Nick Sears ran the 60m hurdles in 8.21 to finish tied for fifth and conclude the sprinters scoring.
Junior Chris Ekman was the Hoosiers only middle distance scorer. Ekman ran a 1:53.10 to edge out two other runners at the finish line in the 800m. The margin between second and third was just four hundreths of a second.
IU scored three in the field. Freshman Greg Yeldell accomplished a personal best 15.78m (51-9 1/4) to place third in the triple jump. The mark is an NCAA provisional mark and moves Yeldell to fourth on IU's all-time triple jump list. Freshman Jon Lange and senior Jeremy Rochford tied for fifth in the high jump by clearing 2.14m (7-0 1/4). The mark is a personal best for Lange.
Senior Tom Chorny scored in both the 3000m and 5000m. Chorny took fifth in the 3000m by finishing in 8:21.27 and ran the 5000m in 14:33.48 to finish eighth.
The 4x400m relay team finished the scoring with a seventh place finish in 3:18.32. Freshman Ryan Huber, senior Russell Collins, junior Sean Cleary, and junior Michael Frazier made up the relay team.
Next Meet: The Hoosiers that qualify will go to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, Friday and Saturday March 5-6.
The Track is Open for Qualifying: Junior Russell Brooks and freshman Raheem Ellis have both put up NCAA provisional marks in the sprints. Brooks is 26th in NCAA Division one in the 60m dash with a time of 6.72 seconds. Ellis is 34th in the 60m dash at 6.74 seconds and ranks 11th in the 200m dash at 21.31 seconds.
Going the Distance: Senior Tom Chorny ran the 3000m in 8:06.91 at the Indiana Invitational. That places him 20th in the NCAA this year and is a provisional qualifying mark.
Belly Up To The Bar: Senior Jeremy Rochford flew over the bar at 2.16m (7-1) in the high jump for the third straight meet. Rochford's leap is an NCAA provisional mark and ties him for 23rd in the nation.
Throwing The Weight Around: Junior Kurt Krick just keeps finding more distancewith the shot put. Krick threw a personal best 18.99m (62-3 3/4) against Purdue. That places him fifth in the nation with just one weekend remaining before the NCAA Championships at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis March 5-6. Krick also won his second Big Ten Inddor Shot Put Championships with a throw of 18.18m (59-7 3/4).
Looking Through the IU Record Book: Several Hoosiers have moved into the top-five in the IU record book this year. Junior Kurt Krick has improved his position to second on the school's shot put list at 18.99m. That is just 0.13m off the school record held by Nathan Davis, who reached 19.12m at the 1996 Big Ten Championships. Krick is also second in the weight throw with a mark of 16.94m. Freshman Raheem Ellis is already third on IU's 200m dash list at 21.31. The record is 21.22 by Gary Gooden at the Hoosier Hills in 1988. Senior Jeremy Rochford's high jump mark of 2.16m is tied for fifth at IU and falls nine centimeters short of the record set by Ron Jones in 1984. Freshman Greg Yeldell is already making an impact in the triple jump and has moved into fourth at 15.78m (51-9 1/4)
Instant Impact: Freshman Greg Yeldell, Raheem Ellis, and Ryan Huber have proved they can compete with the veterans. Yeldell finished third at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the triple jump with a personal best 15.78m (51-9 1/4). Ellis won the Big Ten Indoor Championship in the 200m (21.42) and finished third in the 60m (6.80) Ellis has already provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 60m (6.74) and the 200m (21.31). Huber started the season with a 200m victory at the Michigan Quadrangular (22.82) and has also recorded the sixth best time ever at IU in the 600m run (1:20.79) at the Indiana Invitational.
Dan Billish: 800m - won the Indiana Invitational in 1:55:32.
Russell Brooks: 60m - third at the Big Ten Indoor Championships
with a time of 6.80...won vs. Purdue in 6.82...top collegiate at the Indiana
Invitational with a 6.78...finished second with an NCAA provisional mark
of 6.72 in the Tenn./Ohio State meet...set the UM Track Building record
by winning the Michigan Quadrangular in 6.85.
Tom Chorny: Mile - won against Tennessee and Ohio State with a
Sean Cleary: 600m - won vs. Purdue with a personal best 1:21.82
Trent Davis: 400m - ran a meet record and personal best 48.47
at Notre Dame.
Raheem Ellis: 60m - finished third with a 6.80 at the Big Ten
Indoor Championships...ran a 6.74 to finish third and provisionally qualify
for the NCAA Championships in the Ohio State/Tennessee meet.
Chris Ekman: 800m - finished second at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 1:53.10.
Brian Garriotte: Pole Vault - topped the Indiana Invitational field by clearing 4.90m (16-0 3/4).
Brad Griggs: 600m - won at the Michigan Quad with a time of 1:20.72, which was the fourth best mark in IU history.
Ryan Huber: 600m - won at the Indiana Invitational in 1:20.79,
which is the sixth best time in IU history.
Kurt Krick: Shot Put - repeated as Big Ten Indoor Champion with
a mark of 18.18m (59-7 3/4)...threw the fourth best throw in the NCAA this
year at 18.99m (62-3 3/4) vs. Purdue...dominating winner at the Indiana
Invitational with a shot of 18.48m (60-7 1/2)...won at Notre Dame (17.79m;
58-4 1/2)...won at the Michigan Quadrangular with a distance of 18.01m (60-1
Jon Lange: High Jump - cleared 2.14m (7-0 1/4) to tie for fifth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships.
Nick Sears: 60m Hurdles - ran an 8.21 to tie for fifth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships...won at Notre Dame in 8.31.
Mikko Simos: 800m - won the Purdue meet with a personal best 1:51.33.
Jeremy Rochford: High Jump - cleared 2.14m (7-0 1/4) to tie for fifth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships...reached 2.16m (7-1) for the fourth time and won versus Purdue...won at the Indiana Invite by clearing 2.16m (7-1) for the third time this season...reached 2.16m (7-1) for the second consecutive meet to win the Indiana Invitational...cleared a meet record 2.16m (7-1) at Notre Dame...Michigan Quadrangular champion after clearing 2.08m (6-9 3/4).
Greg Yeldell: Long Jump - Michigan Quadrangular winner with a
leap of 7.26m (23-10).
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