Four Hoosiers Compete @ Stanford (05-01-04)
STANFORD, Calif.-- With most of the IU track and field team at home prepping for the Purdue meet, four Hoosiers traveled out west to take part in the Cardinal Invitational at the Cobb Track & Angell Field in an attempt to qualify themselves for the Olympic Trials.
The team had two Hoosiers that likely succeeded in doing just that. Tom Burns, who ran unattached in the 3000-meter steeplechase finished 13th overall with a life-time best 8:42.45. This time keeps him fourth on IU all-time list behind Steve Kelly (8:42.2), Charles Marsala (8:38.02) and Tom Chorny (8:30.97). Burns missed the Olympic Trial B standard by .35 seconds however, still has a decent shot at getting into the trials with this time.
Joining him was Chris Powers, who competed in Section A of the 5000m and clocked in an unbelievable time of 13:48. 45. Powers shaved 12 seconds off his previous personal best (14:00.43) and this also puts him fourth on IU's all-time list behind Terry Brahm (13:38.04), Jim Spivey (13:33.47) and Bob Kennedy (13:22.17). Powers found himself in the same situation as Burns, just barely missing the Olympic B standard time by .45 seconds however, is still likely to get in the trials.
"Chris ran a good race. He hung on in the back and kept fighting and fighting. It was a great run for a fifth-year senior," said men's distance coach Robert Chapman.
Sean Jefferson, the 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile competed in Section A of the 1500m and finished 11th overall with a time of 3:47.95. While Jefferson did not turn in his best performance, Chapman said it was still good that Jefferson competed in this meet.
"The important thing is we got him out here competing with some of the best post-collegiate runners in the country, guys he will face at the Olympic Trials," said Chapman. "He needed to be in that kind of environment. That was the whole purpose of him coming out here."
Stephen Haas competed in Section B of the 5000m. Haas took the lead at 2000-meters, pressed and held the lead to 3200 meters, but then suffered a cramp. He went from about 1st to 20th in half a lap, wasn't able to shake the cramp off, and had to step off the track.
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