May 6, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- With the Big Ten Championships just a week away, members of the men's Indiana track and field team fine tuned their skills at the 27th annual Billy Hayes Invitational on a sunny Friday afternoon at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.
The Indiana `A' 4x400m relay team consisting of Doug Dayhoff, Rodney Hollis, Andre Grimes and David Neville reeled off their great performance at the Penn Relays as they won Friday's event with a regional qualifying time of 3:08.69. Dayhoff led off with a :47 split and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way for the Hoosier squad.
The tandem of John and Sean Jefferson ran a great 1,500m Invitational as they finished one, two with times of 3:41.64 and 3:41.68, respectively. Both times met the regional standard (3:48.21) and currently rank sixth and seventh in the nation. Of the nine runners in the elite event, eight met the regional standard.
Neville and Kenneth Baxter of Purdue gave fans a sneak-peak at what's to come at next weekends conference meet as Neville won the 200m with a season-best 20.90 with Baxter right on his heels in 21.02.Also running well in the sprint events was Stephanos Ioannou, who ran his first outdoor 100m and captured a fourth-place finish in 10.70.
Junior Ryan Ketchum had a busy afternoon as he competed in three of the throwing events. Ketchum's best finish came in the shot put when he heaved a season-best and regional qualifying mark of 18.10m (59-04.75), which put him second overall. He also finished ninth in the hammer (52.24m/171-05) and third (52.36m/171-9) in the discus.
Men's distance runner Tom Burns bested his mark in the 3,000m steeplechase when he posted a time of 8:53.59. In addition, Bradley Dion ran a personal best time of 4:09.49 in the1,500 which bested his previous personal best of 4:13.33.
Tyler Skelton posted a career-best mark of 6.80m (22-3.75) in the long jump, good for a sixth-place finish.
In other action on the track, Dameion Smith of the Indiana Invaders set a new Billy Hayes track record with a heave of 70.67m (231-10) in the hammer throw. He broke the previous record (70.12m/230-1) owned by Bengt Johansson of Southern California on June 7, 1997.
The Hoosiers are back in action next weekend, May 13-15 when they take part in the 2005 Big Ten Men's and Women's Outdoor Track Championships. This year's championships will be held in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of Ohio State.
Indiana A (Ioannou, Heerdegen, Grimes, Moylan)-2nd-40.75
Indiana A (Dayhoff, Hollis, Grimes, Neville)-1st-3:08.69
Britain Jorgenson-9th-1.95m (6-4.75)
Tre Kemp-t11th-1.90m (6-2.75)
Tyler Skelton-6th-6.80m (22-3.75)
Ryan Ketchum-9th-52.24m (171-05)
Jimmy Conrad-20th-43.32m (142-01)
Jimmy Conrad-3rd-50.10m (164-04)
Ryan Ketchum-2nd-18.10m (59-04.75)