Hoosiers Take One Last Shot at Nationals
March 5, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
This week the Hoosiers head back to the Meyo Track in the Loftus Center on Notre Dame's campus to compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational. The team also competed in South Bend for the Meyo Invitational on Feb. 8-9. This meet is a last chance qualifier for the NCAA Championships. The meet will consist of 37 events in total, and competition is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 10:30 a.m. 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.
He bettered his season mark on Sunday with a 15.66m leap at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. His leap was just one centimeter shorter than the first place finisher, netting him second-team All-Big Ten honors.
His mark currently ranks in the top-twenty nationally in the triple jump heading into the final weekend before the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
BIG TEN ACTION HEATS UP COLD WISCONSIN
The Hoosiers finished ninth in the championships with a total of 35 points. The team recorded eight top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes, and two top-three finishes, including a second-place finish by senior Kyle Jenkins in the triple jump.
Jenkins recorded a mark of 15.66m, which is just .20m shy of his career best leap. Jenkins finished just one centimeter shy of a share of the Big Ten Championship, as first-place finisher Clarence Smith of Penn State recorded a mark of 15.67m for the win. The mark by Jenkins is a provisional qualifying mark and is the third such qualifying mark on the season for the senior. The second-place finish makes Jenkins second-team All-Big Ten. Jenkins won the event in 2007.
Jenkins finished fifth in the long jump, matching his career best in the event. His leap of 7.32m duplicates his performance at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in 2007. Jenkins was just one centimeter short of fourth-place and only six centimeters out of third. The mark is only 18 centimeters shy of the provisional qualifying mark of 7.50m.
Freshman De'Sean Turner scored six points for the Hoosiers when he finished in third-place in the 800m run. His time of 1:53.35 was just five hundredths of a second out of second-place. The third-place finish is the first trip to the Big Ten medals stand for the freshman.
Turner wasn't the only Hoosier to score team points in the 800m. Junior Evan Bardach recorded a time of 1:54.00 for a sixth-place finish. The time was just .77 seconds shy of his career best. Bardach's placing earned three points for the Hoosiers.
Senior Marcus Thigpen finished fifth in the 60m dash, recording a time of 6.79 seconds in the process. The time is just .02 seconds shy of his career best. Thigpen earned four points for the team with his effort.
Thigpen was not the only senior earning points in the 60m dash. Senior Wil Glover finished right behind Thigpen in sixth place. His time of 6.80 seconds matches his career best for the second time in two days, as Glover recorded the time in the prelims on Saturday. Glover earned three team points for the Hoosiers.
Yet another senior earned points for the Hoosiers as Paul Fearnow finished sixth in the weight throw. His mark of 18.66m earned three points for the Hoosiers. Just one centimeter shy of his career best, Fearnow's heave was 21 centimeters better than the seventh place finisher. The senior's career best mark, 18.67m, is currently the third best in IU history.
Junior Blayne Burkholder finished seventh in the pole vault after tie-breakers broke up a five-way tie for third place. The clearance of 5.03m is a career best for Burkholder indoors. His previous best height was 4.95m.
Two more Hoosiers scored team points at the meet. Junior Martin Stephen scored a point in the 600m run with his eighth-place finish. Stephen finished just a tenth of a second out of seventh-place.
Freshman Andy Weatherford also reeled in one point by finishing eighth in the mile run. Weatherford finished less than a second out of sixth place.
Senior David Robb recorded four career bests in the heptathlon on Sunday, raising his total to six P.R.'s on the weekend, as he had two on Saturday.
In the 60m hurdles, Robb finished in 8.92, shedding .28 seconds off of his previous best. His clearance of 3.05m in the pole vault was a career best, and his time of 2:44.19 was an improvement of nearly six seconds on his previous best time. Robb's point total of 4,729 was 317 more than his previous best.
Sophomore Matt Schmitz recorded two career bests in the heptathlon. His clearance of 3.75m was an improvement of forty centimeters in the pole vault, and his point total of 4,459 was 47 better than 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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