Hoosier Ready for Big Ten Meet (02-26-04)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana men's track and field team will compete for the 2004 Big Ten Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, Feb. 29, at the University of Michigan. The competition will be held at the U-M Track Building on the Michigan campus. Daily tickets prices are $7 per day for adults and $5 for youth and students. Two-day package prices are $12 and $7 for senior citizens and college students with an ID.
Indiana's Big Ten Indoor Championship History
Since the inception of the Big Ten men's indoor track and field championship, Indiana has captured 11 titles, including three straight from 1990-1992.
Indiana placed fifth at last season's Big Ten Indoor Championships. Here's a look at the where the Hoosiers have finished the last 10 seasons.
Year Place Points
1994 8th 32
1995 7th 34
1996 T6th 37
1997 6th 50.5
1998 7th 59
1999 4th 76
2000 T6th 62
2001 9th 44
2003 5th 98
On the National Scene
Heading into the weekend, Indiana has one individual and a relay team automatically qualified for the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships, which are set for March 12-13 at the University of Arkansas. Sophomore Sean Jefferson has automatically qualified with the nation's No. 8 time in the mile (4:00.03 on Feb. 6). In addition the men's distance medley relay team of Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney Hollis and Sean Jefferson, will compete at the NCAA meet after clocking the country's third-best time (9:32.90 on Feb. 13).
In addition, the Hoosiers have three other athletes who are provisionally qualified for the championship. Neville is eligible in the both the 200 meters and the 400 meters. Stephen Haas currently ranks No. 15 nationally in the 5,000 meters (14:06.29 on Feb. 13) and Chris Powers is 22nd (14:13.27 on Feb. 13).
NCAA Bound Men's Distance Medley Sets Record
Last Saturday at Arkansas' Tyson Invitational, Indiana's distance medley relay team of Eric Redman, David Neville, Rodney Hollis and Sean Jefferson broke the school record. The quartet's time of 9:31.26 is the third-best time in the country this season, shattered the school record by 10 seconds and is an automatic NCAA indoor championship qualifying time.
Redman opened the relay by running the 1200m in 2:56.5. David Neville followed with a 46.1 split in the 400m, and Rodney Hollis finished the 800m leg in 1:48.3. Sean Jefferson anchored the distance medley relay at 1600m and finished in 4:00.1.
More On The Men's Distance Medley Relay
Indiana's distance medley relay performance was extremely impressive when you consider the following:
IU now ranks as the No. 7 school indoors all-time (the only schools to run faster are Stanford, Arkansas, Villanova, Alabama, Michigan, and Georgetown).
Because all four of IU's relay legs are American born, the 9:31.24 ranks as the sixth-best U.S. indoor performance of all-time and ranks as the No. 3 school indoors all-time with an all-US squad (behind Stan ford and Alabama).
The Hoosier relay also came very close to the American record, which is 9:28.83 by Stanford in 2000. Indiana is just 2.41 seconds from the American record.
Men's Team Ranked Nationally
According to Trackwire's Feb. 24 Top 25 poll, the Indiana men's team ranks tied for 19th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of six Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Michigan leads the way at fifth. Minnesota is tied for eighth, Ohio State ranks tied for No. 11, Purdue is tied for 13th and Wisconsin is tied at the No. 17 spot.
Sean Jefferson Runs Four-Minute Mile
Sophomore Sean Jefferson ran the mile in 4:00.83 (4:00.03 converted) on Feb. 6 at the Indiana Invitational inside Gladstein Fieldhouse. The mark ranks as the fourth-best in IU history behind three former Olympians, Jim Spivey, Bob Kennedy and Terry Brahm. Another former Olympian, Mark Deady, ranks fifth.
Jefferson's time is currently No. 8 nationally among collegiate runners. In addition, he automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Meet, which is set for March 12 and 13 at Arkansas' Tyson Track Center.
More On the Magnificent Mile
In addition to Sean Jefferson's performance, fellow IU teammates Chris Redman, Chris Powers and Stephen Haas competed in an invitational mile on Feb. 6. Powers (4:07.32), Redman (4:07.90) and Haas (4:08.14) also moved into the top 20 in IU history in the mile. Sean's twin brother John, who is redshirting during this indoor season, is also in that group as he ran a 4:02.37 in 2002. Five of the top 20 times in school history were run by athletes who are currently on the IU roster.
Neville Is Provisionally Qualified
Sophomore David Neville provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Meet in two events at the Indiana Invitational on Feb. 7. Neville ran NCAA provisional times in both the 200-meter and 400- meter dashes. His time of 21.44 in the 200 marked a career best and currently ranks 21st in the country. In the 400, the Merrillville, Ind., native clocked a 47.33, also a new career best. Hi s 400 time ranks 18th nationally.
Roby Impressive In Debut
Courtney Roby turned in an impressive performance in his IU track debut on Feb. 20 at the Hoosier Hills meet. Roby, a senior-to-be wide receiver on the IU football team, ran the fastest time of any IU athlete this season in the 60 meter dash. Roby clocked a 6.90 in the finals race. The Indianapolis native also ranks in the top 10 in school history in receiving yards.
Powers Sets Hearnes Fieldhouse Record
Senior distance runner Chris Powers turned in a record-breaking performance in the 3000-meter run at the Tiger Classic on Jan. 30. Powers set a new Hearnes Fieldhouse record by finishing in 8:13.46.
Wilson, Jefferson To Redshirt the 2004 Indoor Season
Aarik Wilson, the 2003 Big Ten Champion and NCAA Indoor runner-up in the triple jump, and John Jefferson, the 2003 Big Ten Champion and NCAA Indoor runner-up in the mile, will both spend the 2004 indoor season in redshirt. Both athletes are working to get completely healthy after offseason injuries.
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