Big Ten Day One Recap (02-28-04)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana men's track and field team sits in third place at the conclusion of the first day of the 2004 Big Ten Indoor Championships at the U-M Track Building in Ann Arbor, Mich. Wisconsin leads the pack with 69 points, Michigan currently holds down second place with 25 points while IU is third with 19 points.
Saturday's competition for Indiana was highlighted by the men's distance medley relay team's runner-up finish. The quartet, which set the Indiana school record earlier this season, finished runner-up with a time of 9:51.61 and contributed seven points toward the team score. Michigan won the event in 9:48.28.
Freshman Kiwan Lawson finished third in the long jump to score six points for the Hoosiers. Lawson leaped a season-best 7.36m/24-1.75. His previous best was 7.17m/23-6.25
Sophomore Ryan Ketchum placed seventh in the shot put with a heave of 17.80m/58-4.75. Not only was the effort a season best, but it also met the NCAA provisional qualifying distance.
Chris Powers finished sixth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:07.68. Not only was the time a season-best, but it also met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.
David Stead cleared 4.85m/15-11.00, a season-best, to place eighth in the pole vault and score a point for IU.
"This meet is a stepping stone for the underclassmen on this team," IU head coach Randy Heisler said. "We've got some guys who will need to finish high to score points tomorrow."
Indiana qualified five athletes for six event finals on Sunday.
David Neville qualified for the 200 meter and 400 meter finals. Neville ran a 48.78 in the 400, and clocked a 21.78 to move on the 200.
Stephanos Ioannou will race in Sunday's 60-meter hurdles final. Ioannou clocked a time of 8.21 in the preliminary and improved to 8.15 in the semifinal.
Sean Jefferson turned in the best trials performance of the day in the mile, finishing in 4:08.75. Eric Redman also moved on to the finals with a time of 4:11.83, the fourth-best of the day.
"Stephanos, as a freshman, has a chance to win the race or could finish eighth, and David (Neville's) best chance to win will likely be in the 200," Heisler said. "Sean Jefferson and Eric Redman likely represent our best chance to score big points tomorrow."
Rodney Hollis will compete in Sunday's 800 meter final after clocking a time of 1:52.11 to win his heat.
Jake Wiseman will complete competition in the pentathlon on Sunday.
In addition to all short race finals, the high jump, triple jump, weight throw, 5,000 meter run and 4x400 relay will be contested on Sunday. Competition begins at 9 a.m. (EST) with the weight throw and the heptathlon 60 meter hurdles. The last scheduled event is the 4x400m, which is set for 3:25 p.m.
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