Hoosiers Head to Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 14, 2008
Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 16-18
SETTING THE SCENE
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.
PREVIEWING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE AIRED ON BIG TEN NETWORK
LAWSON IMPROVES REGIONAL MARK
WEATHERFORD PUNCHES REGIONAL TICKET
HUBERS TO THE REGIONAL
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
COOVER TAKES BIG TEN HONOR
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.
BIG TEN HONORS FOR THIGPEN
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.
FOUR-BY-ONE GETS IT DONE
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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