Men's Track

    Hoosiers Head to Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships

    Go Hoosiers! All-American Kyle Jenkins
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    All-American Kyle Jenkins
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    May 14, 2008

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    Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships • May 16-18
    Hosted by the University of Illinois
    Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium • Champaign, Ill.

    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.

    At last year's Big Ten Championships in State College, Pa., hosted by Penn State, IU's men's team placed eighth with 56 points. The Hoosiers return senior Kiwan Lawson, who will look to defend his title in the long jump. He leads the Big Ten in the long jump and will enter the annual championship with a seed of 8.09 meters. Lawson also ranks fourth in the league in the 200-meters (21.17). Teammate Kyle Jenkins ranks second in the long jump (7.66m) and tops the Big Ten in the triple jump and will open competition with a seed of 15.98 meters. Jenkins was the indoor champ in the triple jump in 2007 and 2008.

    Other Hoosiers on the men's side who look to make some noise at this weekend's championship include Marcus Thigpen in the 100m (5th, 10.47) and 200m (7th, 21.27), Ben Hubers in the 5,000m (5th, 14:09.83), Ryan Smith in the 400m hurdles (5th, 52.31), Chris Sackmann in the 110m hurdles (6th, 14.32), Andy Weatherford in the 3,000m steeplechase (6th, 9:04.89), Jeff Coover in the pole vault (1st, 5.35 m), Jared Nuxoll in the high jump (2.07m), Tyler Skelton in the long jump (7.24m) and Paul Haas in the discus throw (7th, 51.86m).

    IU also owns the second-best time in the men's 4x100m relay (40.35) and the fifth-best in the 4x400m relay (3:10.98) on the men's side.

    Highlights of the three-day Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be aired Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

    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 15th in the nation.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 fifth-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.

    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.

    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.

    The 4x100m relay team of Thigpen, Pipkin, Jacob Moylan and Kiwan Lawson also recorded a regional time of 40.54 on May 3 at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus.

    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 13th 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 28th nationally.



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