IU Finishes Sixth at Big Tens (02-29-04)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana men's indoor track and field team finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships, which concluded Sunday afternoon at U-M Track Building. Wisconsin successfully defended its league title with 174.5 points, easily outdistancing second place Minnesota (122). The host Wolverines took third at 94.5, followed by Illinois (63) and Purdue (59). Ohio State (51), Penn State (39), Michigan State (27) and Iowa (13) rounded out the field.
A trio of second place individual finishes highlighted Indiana's Sunday efforts. Sophomore Sean Jefferson had the top qualifying time in Saturday's preliminaries and finished second in Sunday's final in 4:06.48. Eric Redman also scored for the Hoosiers in the mile, taking fifth in 4:08.53.
In his Big Ten Championship debut, sophomore David Neville had a pair of top four finishes. Neville recorded a second place finish in the 400 (47.5), nearly surpassing his personal best on the season (47.33). Neville also finished fourth in the 200, crossing the finish line in 21.39.
Rodney Hollis posted a personal best (1:49.59) in the 800m to place second in that event. This is the top time by an Indiana athlete this season and narrowly misses the school record of 1:49.58 set by Keith Allen at the 1988 NCAA Championships.
Freshman Stephanos Ioannu also had an impressive league championship debut, finishing fourth in the 60m hurdles (08.7).
The NCAA Last Chance meets, providing one final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships, take place March 5-6 at either Ames, Iowa or South Bend, Ind. The NCAA Championships are slated for March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark. Jefferson had automatically qualified in the mile with the eighth-best time in the nation (4:00.03 on Feb. 6). Jefferson, Redman, Hollis and Neville have also clinched a spot in the distance medley relay after they posted the third-best time in the nation (9:32.90 on Feb. 6).
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