Hoosiers Head to 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational
March 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana track and field team is set to open the outdoor season this weekend when it travels to the 33rd Annual Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday, March 30-Saturday, March 31.
Many top colleges and universities join the Hoosiers this weekend in Palo Alto, including teams from the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC. Six teams, including Indiana, will represent the Big Ten as Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State will all be in competition.
The first men's event, which is the 5,000-meter run, is slated for a 12:05 p.m. ET start. Friday's field events open with the B section of the long jump at 1 p.m. Saturday's field events begin with the shot put at 2 p.m., while running events start at 3:49 p.m.
The Hoosiers are traveling with a squad that has seen success in recent months and looks to carry the momentum over from the indoor portion of the year.
Junior and two-time All-American Kyle Jenkins will look to continue his success in the pit as he will compete in both the long and triple jump. Jenkins finished sixth at nationals on March 10, with a leap of 15.77 meters. Senior Kiwan Lawson, who also earned a berth to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., will compete in the long jump and the 200-meter dash. Lawson and Jenkins spent much of the indoor season ranked among the top-15 nationally in their respective jumps events throughout the winter, while both also earned Big Ten individual titles in late February.
IU's sprint and hurdle corps will get a lot of time on the track this weekend, as nine will compete in all sprints and hurdles events, including Lawson, who clocked a personal-best time of 21.50 in the 200-meter dash at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Feb. 25.
"We have used these last few weeks to get back into training and fix some things from the indoor season, and fine-tune some other things for the outdoor season," IU interim head men's track and field coach Wayne Pate said. "Competing at Stanford will be a great opportunity for us to get out in good weather, which will help give us a pretty good gauge as to where we are in some events and where we need to make improvements."
For a complete meet recap and results of the Hoosiers' first meet of the outdoor season, visit IUHOOSIERS.com.
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