May 8, 2008
Billy Hayes Invitational Meet Notes | Performance List | Schedule of Events | Heat Sheets
Billy Hayes Invitational
Friday, May 9, 2008 3 p.m. ET
Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex Bloomington, Ind.
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana will wrap up the non-championship portion of the season when they host the Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 9. More than 600 athletes from across the country will take part in the evening affair. Events are slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET with the hammer throw and the 100-meter hurdles.
LAWSON IMPROVES REGIONAL MARKS
Lawson bettered his regional qualifying mark in the long jump at Jesse Owens on May 3. His second to last leap of 7.82m became a new career best. He won the event with a jump of 8.09m, but with a wind of 5.1. His mark of 7.82m ranks 14th in the nation.
WEATHERFORD PUNCHES REGIONAL TICKET
Freshman Andy Weatherford clocked a time of 9:04.89 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to join IU's group of qualifiers at the regional meet later this month.
Weatherford's time came at the Jesse Owens Track Classic on May 3 and ranks him among country's top-85 in the event.
COOVER TAKES BIG TEN HONOR
Junior Jeff Coover claimed Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week for his performance in the pole vault as the IU track and field team competed at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. on April 9-12.
Coover recorded the seventh-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 garnered his first career weekly honor and IU's first league field honor since Ryan Ketchum received the accolade on April 11, 2006.
Coover shared the 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.
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 qualifying time in the 200m dash at the Indiana Invitational. His time of 21.27 seconds is .08 seconds faster than the regional standard of 21.35 seconds.
The senior recorded yet another regional qualifying mark in the 4x100m relay. Joined by seniors Wil Glover and Keith Heerdegen and freshman Devin Pipkin, Thigpen recorded a qualifying mark of 40.35 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 12th 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 Jesse Owens Track Classic, he recorded a personal-best mark of 7.66m. That mark ranks 29th nationally.
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.
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.
WHAT'S UP NEXT
The Hoosiers will make the quick trip to Champaign, Ill., to compete in the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor Championships, hosted by the University of Illinois at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium on May 16-18.
Championships action begins on Friday, May 16 at noon with the decathlon 100 meters. Event finals will be held for the men's and women's hammer throw, men's pole vault and men's and women's 10,000 meters on the first day. Multi-events will continue on Saturday, May 17 beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET and finals will be held for the decathlon, heptathlon, men's high jump, men's and women's long jump, men's discus, women's shot put, women's javelin and men's and women's steeplechase. The Big Ten Outdoor Championships conclude on Sunday, May 18 beginning with the women's triple jump at 12 p.m. Finals will be held for the remaining events, ending with the men's 4x400m relay at approximately 4:45 p.m.