Home Sweet Home for the Hoosiers
April 17, 2008
SETTING THE SCENE
The Indiana Invitational marks the first meet of the season at Robert C. Haugh Track Complex on Friday, April 18, and the first time the Hoosiers will compete in Indiana in the outdoor season. The meet will consist of 33 events, the first starting at 4 p.m. and the last scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
COOVER TAKES BIG TEN HONOR
Junior Jeff Coover claimed Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week for his performance in the pole vault last weekend as the IU track and field team competed at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. Coover recorded the third-best pole vault in the NCAA this season when he cleared 5.35 meters (17-06.50). His mark was 30 centimeters higher than the regional qualifying standard and also 20 centimeters higher than his previous personal best. The La Jolla, Calif., native finished second in the meet among collegiate competition and third overall. The junior garners his first career weekly honor and IU's first league field honor since Ryan Ketchum received the accolade on April 11, 2006.
Coover shares this week's honor with Nolan Petties of Purdue.
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 31st 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.
All-American senior Kyle Jenkins' mark of 15.71m was 71 centimeters past the regional qualifying standard of 15.00m at the Sea Ray Relays on March 30.
Jenkins currently has the 13th best jump in the country with his mark. Jenkins career best in the triple jump is 16.19m.
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 26th 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 31st 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 24th best in the country thus far in the outdoor season.
HOOSIERS BRAVE WINDY SEA RAY RELAYS
The Hoosiers competed in the Sea Ray Relays on April 11-12 in Knoxville, Tenn. Despite 20-30 mile per hour winds and rain that called the meet short on April 11, the Hoosiers recorded six regional qualifying marks at the meet. Due to the wind, only two of those regional marks will stand up for regional consideration.
Junior Jeff Coover cleared a height of 5.35m (17-6 1/2) in the pole vault. His mark was 30 centimeters higher than the regional standard of 5.05m. The mark is also an improvement of 20 centimeters on his career best. Coover moves to within one centimeter of the top-five heights in IU history, just behind Brian Kimball's 1981 clearance of 5.36m. Coover finished third in the event, recording the same height as second-place finisher Jenie Olhovsky of Virginia Tech. Coover's mark ties him for the third-best mark recorded in Division I this outdoor season.
Senior Kyle Jenkins turned in a huge jump when he reeled in a measurement of 15.82m (51- 11). The mark was good for fourth place in the event. The mark will not be considered toward his regional qualification due to a wind aid of 4.8. Jenkins did record a non-aided jump of 15.71m (51-6 1/2), improving his qualifying mark by four centimeters, moving him into ninth in Division I.
Senior Kiwan Lawson bettered the regional standards in two events. In the 200m dash, he posted a time of 21.17, besting the regional standard by .02 seconds. Unfortunately, the time will not be considered for regional qualification because no wind information was available for the event. Lawson had already posted a regional mark in the long jump this season. On Saturday, he bettered his mark on the season, posting a leap of 7.73m (25-4 1/2) and earning himself third place. The mark will not be considered toward his regional qualification due to wind aid. The distance would have stacked up well with the rest of Division I, as 7.73m is currently the second-best mark recorded this season.
Senior Marcus Thigpen blazed to a wind-aided time of 10.34 seconds in the 100m dash. His time would be the tenth best recorded in Division I this outdoor season and is the second fastest in IU history if it were eligible for consideration.
Fellow senior Wil Glover posted a wind aided qualifying time in the 100m dash on Friday as well. Glover finished in 10.49 seconds. The regional standard is 10.50.
In the 4x100m relay, seniors Thigpen, Jacob Moylan and Keith Heerdegen teamed with freshman Devin Pipkin for a third-place finish. Their time of 40.91 seconds is just a quarter of a second shy of the regional qualifying standard.
In the 4x400m relay, seniors Ryan Smith, Doug Dayhoff and John Gunnell were joined by junior Martin Stephen in a fifth-place finish. Their time of 3:11.32 is 1.32 seconds shy of the 3:10.0 qualifying standard for NCAA regional competition.
Indiana opened the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on March 27-30, before splitting up to compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, on April 4-5.
The Hoosiers will compete in the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend. The Hoosiers host their first outdoor meet of the season with the Indiana Relays on April 19, and some members of the team will compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., that weekend as well. Indiana will then head back out to compete in the 99th running of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on April 24-26.
Indiana begins the month of May at the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio on May 3, prior to hosting the annual Billy Hayes Invitational on May 9.
The Big Ten Championships will be held on May 16-17 in Champaign, Ill., and the NCAA Mideast Regional will take place on May 30-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held at Drake Stadium, the same location for the Drake Relays, on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
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