Men's Track

    Hoosiers Take Tennessee By Storm

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Marcus Thigpen leads the Hoosiers into the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thigpen is coming off of Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors for his previous meet, at the Alabama Relays.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Marcus Thigpen leads the Hoosiers into the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thigpen is coming off of Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors for his previous meet, at the Alabama Relays.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 9, 2008

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    SETTING THE SCENE

    Indiana will visit the Volunteer State this weekend as the Hoosiers are set to compete at the Sea Ray Relays. The meet will take place at Tom Black Track in Knoxville, Tenn., on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The meet will consist of more than 80 events and will take place from April 9 to April 12.

    The action is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8:45 a.m. on Friday and 9:15 a.m. on Saturday. Multi-events will take place on the first two days of the meet, and days three and four will consist of all non-multi events.

    LAST TIME OUT

    The Hoosiers split up for the weekend, competing at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif. Three Hoosiers competed at each meet.

    In Texas, senior Abbie Stechschulte left as the collegiate champion in the heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,661, the second-best point total in Indiana women's track and field history and the second-best point total recorded in Division I this season.

    Senior Courtney Johnson qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles when she crossed the finish line in 13.62 to take ninth in the preliminary round. Johnson's time also automatically qualified her for regional competition in May. She crossed the finish line in 13.79 to take eighth place in the finals of the event.

    Senior Kyle Jenkins placed ninth with a leap of 15.01 meters in the triple jump. He reached his final mark on his first attempt, before tallying a mark of 14.97m, 14.90m, 14.97m and 14.70m. He fouled on his last attempt. Jenkins' mark of 15.01m was also a regional-qualifying leap.

    In Palo Alto, freshman Ben Hubers clocked a time of 14:09.83 to finish 13th in the 5,000-meters at the Stanford Invite. His time earned him a spot at the regional championship. His time is the 22nd best time recorded in Division I this season.

    Senior Brennon Plotner clocked a personal-best time of 14:22.47 to take sixth place in his section of the 5,000-meter run. Freshman Cole Hardacre also ran the 5,000m and finished with a time of 14:41.75 to take 15th.

    BIG TEN HONORS FOR THIGPEN

    Senior Marcus Thigpen was awarded the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week award for the week of March 24-30 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. His time stands as the 26th best in the country in the 100m.

    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 and was part of the team that finished in first place in the 4x200m relay.

    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 on March 30.

    The leap earned Jenkins second place as well. Jenkins finished just 12 centimeters behind event winner Wale Odetunde. Jenkins is currently tied for the ninth best jump in the country with his mark.

    LAWSON PUNCHES REGIONAL TICKET

    Lawson posted a regional qualifying mark in the long jump at the Alabama Relays on March 29. 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. Lawson's jump is currently the 19th best in the country.

    HUBERS TO THE REGIONAL

    Also posting a regional qualification at the Alabama Relays 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. His mark stands as the 12th best in the 1500m run in the country.

    The freshman followed up the March 30 performance with another regional qualifying mark at the Stanford Invite on April 4. His mark of 14:09.83 is just under the regional qualifying standard of 14:10.00. His time in the 5,000m run is the 22nd best in the country thus far in the outdoor season.

    INDIANA VISITS TEXAS, CALIFORNIA

    The Hoosiers split up for the weekend, competing at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif. Three Hoosiers competed at each meet.

    In Texas, senior Kyle Jenkins placed ninth with a leap of 15.01 meters in the triple jump. Jenkins' mark of 15.01m was also a regional-qualifying leap.

    In California, senior Brennon Plotner clocked a career-best time of 14:22.47 to take sixth place in his section of the 5,000-meter run.

    Freshman Cole Hardacre also ran the 5,000m and finished with a career best time of 14:41.75 to take 15th.

    HOOSIERS HEAT UP ALABAMA RELAYS

    Indiana wrapped up competition at the Alabama Relays on Sunday, March 31. 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.

    Senior Kiwan Lawson beat the regional qualifying mark in the long jump. 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.

    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.

    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 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 in all seven relays the team entered. In the 4x400m relay, Indiana recorded a first-place time of 3:12.32. The time was also just 2.32 seconds slower than the regional qualifying standard.

    IU took 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.

    The team finished first in the 1,600m sprint relay, recording a time of 3:25.27. Their time was 1.58 seconds faster than the second place team.

    The Hoosiers also recorded a victory in the 4x1500m relay, recording a time of 16:01.36. Their winning time was 36.87 seconds faster than the second place team.


     

     

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