Big Ten Championships Next Up for the Hoosiers
Feb. 27, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will split up for the Big Ten Indoor Championships this weekend. The men will travel to Madison, Wis., where they will compete at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center. The women will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., where they will compete at the Minnesota Fieldhouse. The meets will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with events starting at 9 a.m. in Minneapolis and at 10 a.m. in Madison on Saturday.
All-American junior Kyle Jenkins started out the year with a big mark in the triple jump. He recorded a mark of 15.49m at the Indiana Open on Jan. 12. The mark was only .37m short of his career best indoors.
The jump was longer than the NCAA Provisional qualifying mark of 15.40m, and is currently the 24th best mark recorded nationally in the 2008 indoor season.
TOP OF THE HILLS
The Hoosiers competed in the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington on Friday Feb. 15.
The Hoosiers found great success. The men's team recorded nine career bests, seven top-five finishes, six top-three finishes, and one first place finish.
Leading the way was junior Tyler McCreary, whose career best performance in the 800m run was good enough for a victory. His first place time of 1:52.91, was more than a second faster than the second place finisher. McCreary was followed in by senior Brennon Plotner, who finished third with his career best time of 1:54.40. Plotner shaved .19 seconds off of his previous best.
In the mile, freshman Andy Weatherford had a breakthrough performance, cutting 5.04 seconds off of his previous best. His time of 4.09.11 was good enough for second place, and was only .28 seconds slower than the first place finisher, Daniel Mugo.
Sophomore Paul Haas had a big day, throwing for two career bests. His second place heave in the weight throw of 17.85m is the fifth best throw in IU history. Haas added .32m to his previous best of 17.53 and threw 20 centimeters further than Joe Hall did in 1994.
Haas also finished third in the shot put, with a mark that improved his previous career best by 78 centimeters. His mark of 16.44m was 42 centimeters better than the fourth place finisher.
FUN IN FAYETTEVILLE
The Hoosiers competed in the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 15-16. The event took place at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the Arkansas campus.
On day one, the Hoosiers recorded four career bests and a top-five finish.
Junior pole vaulter Blayne Burkholder finished in fifth place. His vault of 4.70m was a season best and was the same height cleared by fourth place finisher Russell Ellis of Missouri Southern.
In the 400m dash, juniors John Gunnell and Martin Stephen both recorded career bests. Gunnell recorded a time of 48.01, shedding .90 seconds off of his previous best. Stephen finished in 48.50, shedding .21 seconds off of his previous best.
In the mile, freshman De'Sean Turner finished in 4:12.80, improving his career best by .52 seconds.
In the 60m dash, freshman Devin Pipkin recorded a career best of 6.96 seconds, a .01 second improvement on his previous best.
On day two of the meet, the Hoosiers were led by sophomore Jared Nuxoll, who finished third in the high jump. The team recorded one career best, two top-ten finishes and Nuxoll's top-three finish.
Nuxoll cleared a height of 2.05m for his third place finish. The first-place height was just five centimeters more, at 2.10m, which is Nuxoll's career best.
In the weight throw, senior Paul Fearnow placed ninth, recording a heave of 18.66m. The mark is just one centimeter short of the career best that Fearnow recorded last week at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend.
In the 200m dash, senior Jacob Moylan recorded a career best. His time of 22.31 seconds was a .14 second improvement on his previous best.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Three Hoosiers have recorded marks this season that stand up with the best in IU history. Senior Paul Fearnow, junior Martin Stephen and sophomore Chris Sackmann have all recorded marks that stand as the third best in school history in their respective events.
In the weight throw, Fearnow had a heave of 18.67m at the Meyo Invite on Feb. 2. His marks have steadily improved over the course of the season, and he has added 29 centimeters to his best over the course of the season.
In the 600m, Stephen recorded a time of 1:19.47 for third best in school history. His time currently trails only Ryan Hubers (2000) and current teammate, and IU record holder, senior Ryan Smith.
In the 60m Hurdles, sophomore Chris Sackmann has moved from fourth all-time to third after shedding .07 seconds off of his career best.
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