Hoosiers Send 15 to NCAA Mideast Region Championships This Weekend
May 27, 2008
2008 NCAA Mideast Region Championships Live Results
SETTING THE SCENE
Friday's competition is set to end at 8:50 p.m. with the men's 5,000-meters, while the final event on Saturday is the 4x400-meter relay at 8:20 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Lawson defended his outdoor long jump title with a jump of 7.87 meters, setting a new Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium record in second day of the championship. Lawson accomplished his record-setting jump on his second attempt of the day and improved his regional mark and personal best. Scott Huffman from the New York Athletic Club set the previous record of 7.82 meters in 1998. Jenkins used a leap of 16.39 meters to win the triple jump on the final day of the meet. Jenkins' winning jump came on his fourth attempt, first of the finals, and improved his personal best by 20 centimeters. He was the second of the championships to earn a gold medal for the Hoosiers.
The men's 4x100-meter team made up of junior Marcus Thigpen, freshman Devin Pipkin, junior Wil Glover and Lawson earned the silver medal after clocking a time of 40.58. Senior Ryan Smith earned the bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.75, for a new personal best.
IU placed seventh with 69 points.
COOVER SOARS TO TOP-10
Coover recorded that mark at the Sea Ray Relays on April 12, reaching 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.
THREE FOR THIGPEN
Thigpen, also IU's starting running back, has qualified in the 100-meters, 200-meters and is a part of the 4x100-meter relay team that ranks 51st nationally with a time of 40.35.
He enters the meet with a times of 10.47 in the 100m (March 29) and 21.27 in the 200m (April 18).
LOOKING FOR HISTORY TO REPEAT ITSELF
JENKINS KEEPS CLIMBING RANKINGS
Jenkins opened up his flight of the triple jump on Sunday, May 18 and fouled his first mark. He went on to record marks 16.07m, then 16.27m and 16.39m, which ended up giving him the title. However, his mark of 16.27m only had a wind reading of 2.5, earning the eighth-farthest jump in the nation.
His 16.39m jump gave him a new personal-best of 20 centimeters, but had a wind reading of 4.4. His mark of 16.27m is still quite a career improvement after he recorded a mark of 16.19m at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Jenkins is also qualified in the long jump. At the Jesse Owens Track Classic, he recorded a personal-best mark of 7.66m. That mark ranks 35th nationally.
LONG WAY FOR LAWSON
Lawson enters this year's regional meet ranked 12th in the country with a long jump mark of 7.87 meters, a mark that won him his third Big Ten jump title in the last two years defending his 2007 outdoor championship.
Now Lawson looks to his third trip to the Mideast Region meet to earn his first-ever trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, a feat the fifth-year senior has not been able to reach due to a redshirt season and injuries. This season may also give him the opportunity to compete at the national meet in two events - the long jump and the 4x100-meter relay.
WEATHERFORD PUNCHES REGIONAL TICKET
HUBERS SET ON 1,500
The freshman followed up the March 30 performance with another regional qualifying mark at the Stanford Invite on April 4, this time in the 5,000m. His mark of 14:09.83 is just under the regional qualifying standard of 14:10.00. However, with the two regional times, Hubers will only compete in the 1,500m on Friday, May 30.
REGIONAL FOR RYAN
At the Big Ten Championships, Smith improved his regional time and personal-best when he finished third with a time of 51.75 on Sunday, May 18. His time earned him the bronze medal at the league championship.
FEARNOW TO THE REGIONAL
PATRICK PASSES REGIONAL STANDARD
He recorded a regional qualification in the shot put at the Indiana Invitational. His mark of 16.93m (55-6 1/2) is 13 centimeters better than the regional standard of 16.80m. Dalton took first place at the meet.
HAAS HAS HIS DAY
He recorded a mark of 51.86 meters (170-02.00) in the discus for his initial regional qualification. His throw came at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis and bested the regional standard by 16 centimeters.
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