April 30, 2008
Jesse Owens Track Classic Meet Notes
Jesse Owens Track Classic May 2-3, 2008
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Columbus, Ohio
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers will hit the road and compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic, hosted by Ohio State in Columbus on May 2-3. Competition opens on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the discus. Saturday's collegiate events are slated to begin in the field at 3:30 and on the track at 4 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay.
BIG DAY IN DES MOINES
The Indiana track and field teams posted a successful outing in the 99th running of the Drake Relays on Saturday, April 26. The Hoosiers' day included two Drake Relays titles as senior Kyle Jenkins won the triple jump and IU's men's distance medley team placed first.
Jenkins recorded a distance of 16.30 meters (53-05.75) for first place. With the wind reading at +4.8, Jenkins jump did not qualify him for the regional meet but will count toward Big Ten seedings. Jenkins did record a non-wind-aided jump on the day of 15.98m, improving his regional mark by 27 centimeters.
The men's distance medley relay team, made up of Ben Hubers, Ryan Smith, Evan Bardach and Brennon Plotner, crossed the finish line in 9:49.05 to win the relay title.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team took third in the finals of Saturday's event. Marcus Thigpen, Devin Pipkin, Wil Glover and Keith Heerdegen clocked a time of 40.35. Freshman Andy Weatherford clocked a time of 9:14.71 to take eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
IU COMES UP BIG IN INDY
The Hoosiers competed at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis on April 26. The meet was hosted by Butler.
Sophomore Paul Haas recorded a regional qualification in the discus throw. His mark of 51.86m was 16 centimeters better than the regional standard.
Sophomore Chris Sackmann finished first in the 110-meter hurdles recording a career best time of 14.32 seconds.
FOUR-BY-ONE GETS IT DONE
Seniors Marcus Thigpen, Wil Glover and Keith Heerdegen were joined by freshman Devin Pipkin in a regional qualifying effort at the Drake Relays in the 4x100m relay. The group finished in 40.35 seconds, bettering the regional standard by .29 seconds. They finished third at the meet.
All-American senior Kyle Jenkins' mark of 15.98m was 98 centimeters past the regional qualifying standard of 15.00m at the Drake Relays on April 26. Jenkins currently has the 11th best jump in the country with his mark. Jenkins career best in the triple jump is 16.19m.
Jenkins also qualified in the long jump. At the Indiana Invitational, his mark of 7.35m bettered the standard by one centimeter.
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.
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.
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 45th best in the country thus far in the outdoor season.
REGIONAL FOR RYAN
Senior Ryan Smith qualified for the regional in the 400m hurdles at the Indiana Invitational. His time of 52.31 seconds is .20 seconds better than the regional standard of 52.51 seconds. Smith has a career best in the event of 51.89 seconds.
FEARNOW TO THE REGIONAL
Senior Paul Fearnow recorded a heave of 56.83m at the Indiana Invitational, earning himself a regional qualification. Fearnow took third place at the meet and his mark betters the regional standard by three centimeters and was 2.52m better than the fourth-place finisher.
PATRICK PASSES REGIONAL STANDARD
Sophomore Patrick Dalton recorded a regional qualification in the shot put with his career best toss at the Indiana Invitational. His mark of 16.93m (55-6 1/2) is 13 centimeters better than the regional standard of 16.80m. The mark is 40 centimeters better than Dalton's previous career best. Dalton took first place at the meet.
HAAS HAS HIS DAY
Sophomore Paul Haas recorded a mark of 51.86 meters (170-02.00) in the discus for a new personal best and a regional qualification. His big throw came at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis. The sophomore bested the regional standard by 16 centimeters.