Men's Track

    IU Set to Host 28th-Annual Billy Hayes Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler and the Hoosiers are set to host the 28th-annual Billy Hayes Invitational on May 5.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler and the Hoosiers are set to host the 28th-annual Billy Hayes Invitational on May 5.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 2, 2006

    Billy Hayes Weekly Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After a strong showing at the prestigious Penn Relays, the Indiana men's and women's track and field teams return to Bloomington to host the 28th-annual Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 5. Action begins at 4 p.m., at IU's at Billy Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

    Track the Meet
    Complete results will be posted on following the conclusion of the meet.

    Last Time Out
    The Hoosiers turned in another weekend of successful performances at the prestigious Penn Relays (April 27-29), IU tallied 17 top-10 finishes, six personal bests, eight regional qualifying standards and three NCAA provisional marks in distance events.

    Eric Redman recorded a sixth-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase with a NCAA qualifying time of 8:59.33.

    In the women's 5,000m, Kelly Siefker moved into sixth all-time in the event with a sixth-place and personal-best time of 16:39.37. Lindsay Hattendorf finished just behind Siefker in seventh place, crossing the line in 16:42.73. Both Hoosiers met the NCAA's provisional standard in the event.

    The IU men's relays teams recorded regional-qualifying times in both attempts in the 4x100m and the 4x400m relays. The 4x100m relay team comprised of Stephanos Ioannou, Wil Glover, Keith Heerdegen and Marcus Thigpen, finished seventh in the prelims with a time of 40.53 before taking sixth in the finals with a mark of 40.59. Trey Warfield, David Neville, Ryan Smith and Doug Dayhoff made up the Hoosiers' 4x400m relay team. The foursome took fifth in the prelims with a regionally-qualifying time of 3:08.16 prior to shaving off a second to take third in the championships with a time of 3:07.71.

    Ioannou met the regional standard in the 110m hurdles for the second time this season with a 16th-place time of 14.29. Kyle Jenkins earned another regional-qualifying mark in the triple jump with a leap of 15.51m (50-10.75) en route to IU's only title at the Penn Relays.

    Larra Overton took ninth place in the Olympic Development mile with a personal-best time of 4:48.86, while Ara Towns turned in two top-10 performances in the 100m. Towns' second run of 11.66 met the regional standard in the event.

    One Step Closer
    After three weeks of outdoor competition, 18 Hoosiers and three relay teams have met the NCAA regional qualifying standard in their respective events. The list after week three of the outdoor season is as follows: For the men, Jeff Coover (pole vault), Wil Fleming (Hammer Throw), Kyle Jenkins (Triple Jump),Stephanos Ioannou (110m Hurdles), Kyle Jenkins (triple jump), Ryan Ketchum (Shot Put and Discus), David Neville (200m and 400m), Eric Redman (3,000m steeplechase), Ryan Smith (400m hurdles), 4x400m relay team (Smith, Warfield, Dayhoff, Gunnell), 4x400m relay team (Smith, Warfield, Dayhoff, Neville) and the 4x100m relay team (Ioannou, Glover, Heerdegen and Thigpen . On the women's side the list includes: Jessica Gall (5,000m), Stephanie Greer (3,000m steeplechase), Lindsay Hattendorf (10,000m), Courtney Johnson (100m hurdles), Larra Overton (1,500m and mile), Candace Perry (long jump), Lorian Price (100m hurdles), Wendi Robinson (5,000m), Kelly Siefker (3,000m steeplechase) and Ara Towns (100m)" >Ara Towns (100m).

    Sweet to Repeat
    Two Hoosiers and a relay team will look to defend their Billy Hayes Invite titles at this year's meet. David Neville won the men's 200m with an impressive time of 20.90. In the men's 1,500m, John Jefferson took first with a time of 3:41.64, while brother Sean finished on his heals in second in 3:41.68. IU's 4x400m relay team nabbed first-place honors, crossing the line in 3:08.69. That 4x400m relay team included Doug Dayhoff and Neville.

    What's Next?
    The Hoosiers will use the Billy Hayes Invite as a tune-up for the Big Ten Championships, May 13-14. Both teams will head to East Lansing, Mich., for the 2006 conference meet.



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