Jefferson Headed to Finals (03-12-04)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.--The Indiana track and field team opened up day one of competition at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday evening at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville with highlights coming from red-shirt sophomore Sean Jefferson (Delay Beach, Fla.) who advanced to the finals in the mile and sophomore David Neville (Merrillville, Ind.) who took a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter.
Jefferson ran an excellent race, maintaining a steady pace throughout and finishing first in his heat with a time of 4:02.54. Jefferson garners a first-place standing heading into tomorrow's final. In today's race, Jefferson beat out Chris Mulvaney of Arkansas, who is the defending national champion in this event. Jefferson's career best in the mile is 4:00.83.
In the preliminaries of the 200-meter, Neville had a stellar performance, turning in a personal best of 20.98. Neville's previous personal best was a 21.08, which he earned at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The time posted at this event set a new school record, beating out current teammate Contrell Ash's time (21.21). Neville's time squeezed him into the top eight in order to advance to the finals. Once in the finals, Neville's previous career-best, that he turned in just an hour and a half ago, would not last long. Neville went up against some tough competition, and took a seventh-place finish. However, Neville improved his career-best once again, turning in a 20.92.
Things in the distance medley relay team were shaken up a little after Jefferson was taken out after winning his race. The new team would consist of junior Russell Hollis (Michigan City, Ind.), senior Rodney Hollis (Michigan City, Ind.), junior Eric Redman (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Neville. The foursome looked for a repeat performance at the Tyson Invitational in which the squad beat the favored Arkansas team with a time of 9:31.26, also setting a school record. Despite this feat, the Hoosiers were unable to come out on top this time, as they placed 13th in the final event of the evening with a time of 9:56.63. However, the effort put forth by the group was still remarkable. Three of the members were walk-ons and were happy to be able to compete at NCAA's.
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