Men's Track

    Hoosiers Split Up, Head South and West

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    April 2, 2008

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    SETTING THE SCENE

    Indiana sends six athletes to compete at two different meets this week. The first meet is the Texas Relays at the Mike A. Myers Track & Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas. The meet opens on Wednesday and will last through Saturday. Three Hoosiers will compete at the meet. They are seniors Abbie Stechschulte, Courtney Johnson, and Kyle Jenkins.

    Three other Hoosiers will compete at the Stanford Invite on Friday and Saturday. The meet will take place at Cobb Track and Angel Field in Palo Alto, Calif. The three Hoosiers competing are freshmen Cole Hardacre and Ben Hubers and senior Brennon Plotner.

    BIG TEN HONORS FOR THIGPEN

    Senior Marcus Thigpen was awarded the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week award for his efforts at the Alabama Relays. He posted a regional qualifying time in the 100 meter dash and won two of the four events in which he competed.

    On Day Three of the Alabama Relays, Thigpen won the 100m dash, finishing in 10.47 seconds. The time is an improvement of .18 seconds on his previous outdoor best of 10.65.

    Thigpen's mark was also .08 seconds faster than the regional qualifying standard of 10.55 seconds. The effort puts the Detroit native within .03 seconds of the fourth-best mark in IU history held by Bill Copeland and Contrell Ash, 10.44 seconds.

    Thigpen also recorded a career best in the 200m dash on day three, when his time of 21.77 seconds got him an eighth-place finish.

    On day four of the meet, Thigpen teamed up with fellow seniors Kiwan Lawson and Keith Heerdegen as well as freshman Devin Pipkin for first place in the 4x200m relay, recording a time of 1:24.86. The quartet finished nearly a full second ahead of the second place team from Mississippi.

    JUMPIN' JENKINS

    All-American senior Kyle Jenkins' mark of 15.67m was 67 centimeters past the regional qualifying standard of 15.00m at the Alabama Relays.

    The leap earned Jenkins second place as well. Jenkins finished just 12 centimeters behind event winner Wale Odetunde.

    LAWSON PUNCHES REGIONAL TICKET

    Lawson posted a regional qualifying mark in the long jump at the Alabama Relays. His leap of 7.55m was just 1 centimeter shy of his career best. The mark was 21 centimeters further than the qualifying standard and was good enough for third place in the event.

    HUBERS TO THE REGIONAL

    Also posting a regional qualification on the day was freshman Ben Hubers. Hubers finished third in the 1500m run, posting a career best time of 3:45.71. The regional qualifying standard for the 1500m run is 3:47.5. Hubers beat the standard by 1.89 seconds.

    HOOSIERS HEAT UP ALABAMA RELAYS

    Indiana wrapped up competition at the Alabama Relays on Sunday. Over four days of competition, the men's and women's teams combined to win ten events and qualify seven athletes for NCAA regional competition.

    Senior Marcus Thigpen won the 100m dash, finishing in 10.47 seconds. The time is an improvement of .18 seconds on his previous outdoor best of 10.65 seconds and was .04 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Thigpen's mark was also .08 seconds faster than the regional qualifying standard of 10.55 seconds. The effort puts the Detroit native within .03 seconds of the fourth-best mark in IU history held by Bill Copeland and Contrell Ash, 10.44 seconds. Thigpen also recorded a career best in the 200m dash, when his time of 21.77 seconds got him an eighth-place finish.

    Thigpen followed fellow senior Kiwan Lawson across the finish line in the 200m dash as Lawson finished third with a time of 21.59 seconds. His mark was just .09 seconds shy of his career best and just .4 seconds shy of the regional qualifying mark in the 200m. Lawson was not shy of the regional qualifying mark in the long jump, however. His leap of 7.55m was just 1 centimeter shy of his career best. The mark was 21 centimeters further than the qualifying standard and was good enough for third place in the event.

    Just behind Lawson in the long jump was fellow senior Kyle Jenkins, whose mark of 7.23m was just eight centimeters shy of his career best. Jenkins finished in fourth place and was just twelve centimeters shy of the qualifying standard.

    Also posting a regional qualification on the day was Hubers. Hubers finished third in the 1500m run, posting a career best time of 3:45.71. The regional qualifying standard for the 1500m run is 3:47.5. Hubers beat the standard by 1.89 seconds. Hubers was followed by fellow freshman Cole Hardacre, whose career best time of 3:49.84 was good for fourth place.

    In the 3000m steeplechase, freshman Andy Weatherford's career best time of 9:30.96 was good for third place. Weatherford was nearly ten seconds faster than the fifth-place finisher.

    Senior Kyle Jenkins' mark of 15.67m was 67 centimeters past the regional qualifying standard of 15.00m. The leap earned Jenkins second place as well. Jenkins finished just 12 centimeters behind event winner Wale Odetunde. Sophomore Josh Henson also competed in the event, recording a career best of 13.02m.

    Sophomore Paul Haas was just 1.25m shy of the regional standard with his winning throw of the discus. His heave covered a distance of 50.45m and was nearly three full meters better than the second place finisher in the event. The mark is a career best for Haas as well.

    Sophomore Patrick Dalton's heave of 16.53m was the best by any athlete at the meet in the shot put. Dalton was just 25 centimeters shy of the regional qualifying standard and was 17 centimeters better than the second place finisher.

    Junior Blayne Burkholder took the win in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.95m. His mark was 15 centimeters better than the second place finisher and just ten centimeters shy of the regional qualifying standard.

    Indiana had a great day in relay competition, recording top-three finishes all seven relays the team entered. In the 4x400m relay, seniors Doug Dayhoff and Kiwan Lawson teamed with juniors John Gunnell and Martin Stephen for a first-place time of 3:12.32. The time was also just 2.32 seconds slower than the regional qualifying standard.

    Lawson and Heerdegen teamed with senior Marcus Thigpen and freshman Devin Pipkin for first place in the 4x200m relay, recording a time of 1:24.86. The quartet finished nearly a full second ahead of the second place team from Mississippi.

    Pipkin then joined Gunnell, senior Wil Glover and fellow freshman Ben Hubers in the 1600m sprint medley. The team finished first recording a time of 3:25.27. Their time was 1.58 seconds faster than the second place team.

    Pipkin, Moylan, Heerdegen and Glover then ran in the 4X100m relay, reeling in a third-place finish with their time of 41.03 seconds. The NCAA regional qualifying mark in the event is 40.66 seconds, putting the team within .37 seconds of a qualification.

    The Hoosiers also recorded a victory in the 4x1500m relay, as junior Tyler McCreary, freshmen Andy Weatherford and Cole Hardacre, and senior Brennon Plotner combined for a time of 16:01.36. Their winning time was 36.87 seconds faster than the second place team.

    Indiana entered one more relay on the day, as a team of Stephen, sophomore Todd Leone and Milos Mikic, and junior Evan Bardach combined for a second-place finish in the 4x800m relay. Their time of 7:37.51 was 3.21 seconds faster than the second-place team from Alabama State.


     

     

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