Men's Track

    IU Finishes Runner-up at Big Tens

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    Go Hoosiers!
    May 15, 2005

    COLUMBUS, Ohio--In the final day of the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, sophomore David Neville and senior Aarik Wilson led the IU men's track and field team to its highest finish at the conference championships in 13 years, as the Hoosiers took a runner-up finish with 111 points. The last time the Hoosiers posted a second-place showing was during the 1992 season. Defending Big Ten champion, Wisconsin ran away with the title again after racking up 174 points. All together, the Hoosier men and women earned six individual titles (four men, two women) and six second-place finishes (three men, one woman and a relay team on each side). It marked the fourth time in five years that IU men and women have won at least five individual event titles.

    " Wisconsin is a really good track team," said director of track and field Randy Heisler. "I told the team last night that we had to have everyone show up and hope that Wisconsin slowed down a little, but they didn't. They went out and were setting personal records from the beginning of the meet today. For us to have our best finish in 13 years is great, though. I realize that we can't go from the middle of the conference to the best over night. The good thing is that we return almost everyone next year."

    It's no surprise to anyone that Wilson followed Saturday's long jump crown by successfully defending his Big Ten triple jump title. Wilson once again dominated the competition as he jumped a 16.26m (53-4.75), which bested second-place finisher Alonzo Moore of Wisconsin (15.89m/52-1.75).
    His victory not only marks his fourth-straight Big Ten triple jump title, but it adds up to his eighth overall conference title in his four years as a Hoosier.

    "It was a lot of fun," said Wilson .  "I had to fight through some pain, so to come out on top was great. It feels amazing to have won two events at the championships. The Big Ten is a great conference, and to win two events is awesome."

    Neville, the reigning Big Ten Athlete of the Year/Championships successfully defended his title in the 400m when he crossed the finish line at 45.89. Not too far after his 400m triumph, the Merrillville , Ind. , turned around and put forth a great effort in the 200m finals as he cruised to runner-up honors with a time of 21.05.

    "It feels great," said Neville. "I've been planning for this, and I had great expectations. I did what the plan was and it worked."

    Also turning in notable performances on Sunday were sophomore Stephanos Ioannou, who finished third in the 110m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.20 and third-place finisher Sean Jefferson in the 1500m (3:44.95).

    In addition, the 4x400m relay squad made up of Doug Dayhoff, Rodney Hollis, Andre Grimes and Neville cruised to a second-place finish as they turned in a season-best time of 3:09.02.

    The Hoosiers will have a week of rest before hosting the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals on May 27-28 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

    Sunday's Results

    Overall Team Standings

    1. Wisconsin (174)
    2. Indiana (111)
    3. Minnesota (97.5)
    4. Illinois (95.5)
    5. Purdue (70)
    6. Michigan (66.5)
    7. Penn State (66)
    8. Iowa (53)
    9. Ohio State (52.5)
    10. Michigan State (33)

    Men's Shot Put
    Ryan Ketchum-4th-18.53m (60-9.50)

    Men's Pole Vault
    Jake Wiseman-NH
    David Stead-NH

    Men's Triple Jump
    Aarik Wilson-1st-16.26m (53-4.25)
    Kyle Jenkins-5th-15.04m (49-4.25)

    Men's Javelin
    Jake Wiseman-6th-57.91m (190-00)
    Jimmy Conrad-11th-51.65m (169-05)

    Men's 4x100m Relay
    Indiana A (Ioannou, Grimes, Moylan, Heerdegen)-6th-41.45

    Men's 1500m
    Sean Jefferson-3rd-3:44.95
    John Jefferson-11th-3:56.79

    Men's 110m Hurdles
    Stephanos Ioannou-3rd-14.20

    Men's 400m
    David Neville-1st-45.89
    Doug Dayhoff-8th-48.47

    Men's 100m
    Stephanos Ioannou-8th-10.65

    Men's 400m Hurdles
    Ryan Smith-8th-53.85

    Men's 200m
    David Neville-2nd-21.05

    Men's 5,000m
    Sean Jefferson-5th-14:34.75
    John Jefferson-13th-14:50.36
    Eric Redman-18th-14:57.74

    Men's 4x400m Relay
    Indiana A (Dayhoff, Grimes, Hollis, Neville)-2nd-3:09.02



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