Men's Track

    Distance Runners Head West

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    April 12, 2005

    Several members of the Indiana track and field distance crew will head out West to take part in the 47th annual Mt. San Antonio College Relays on April 15-16, in Walnut, Calif.

    According to Trackwire's April 5 poll, the Hoosier men's team opened the outdoor campaign ranked sixth in the nation. They are one of three Big Ten Conference teams ranked as Wisconsin and Michigan sit at 11th and 14th, respectively.

    Sophomore David Neville swept the 200m (21.37) and 400m (46.20) at the Pepsi Invitational as the Indiana track and field team finished tied for third at the Pepsi Invitational on Saturday, April 9, with 140.50 points. Missouri matched the Hoosiers' total points as Oregon took the crown with 180.50 points, and Washington finished runner-up with 169.50 points.

    Ryan Ketchum and Aarik Wilson were the only other Hoosiers to post first place finishes as Ketchum won the shot put with a mark of 18.09m (59-04.25), and Wilson captured the triple jump with a leap of 16.17m (53-00.75). The duo had a busy day in the field events with Wilson also taking home second in the long jump (7.78m (25-06.25)) and Ketchum finishing third in the discus (51.91m (170-04)) and fifth in the hammer throw 51.46m (168-10).

    Indiana also received top three finishes from Jake Wiseman in the javelin (2nd-place 61.95m(203-03), Stephanos Ioannou in the 110m hurdles (3rd-place-14.37) and Rodney Hollis in the 800m (3rd-place1:50.37).

    Senior Aarik Wilson put an exclamation point on the 2005 Indoor season by winning NCAA titles in both the triple 16.92m (55-06.25) and long 8.17m (26-09.75) jump. Coming into the meet Wilson was already the school record holder in the triple, but added another record to his name when he competed in the long jump. In addition, Wilson's pair of victories marked the first time an IU athlete won two NCAA titles in the same meet.

    Indiana University's E.C. "Billy" Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Track and Field Championships on May 27-28.

    The NCAA Mideast Regionals, which have only been in effect for two years, come to Bloomington after being held at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004 and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.

    The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes can qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that are above the standard, but can also qualify by winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.

    The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.

    IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
    Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
    "This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."



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