Men's Track

    Hoosiers Send 15 to NCAA Mideast Region Championships This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Ryan Smith
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    Senior Ryan Smith
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    May 27, 2008

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    2008 NCAA Mideast Region Championships • Live Results
    Hosted by the University of Arkansas • John McDonnell Field • Fayetteville, Ark.
    Friday, May 30 - Saturday, May 31

    The Hoosiers open NCAA Mideast Region competition on Friday, May 30 at the John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark. The first event of the two-day affair is the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m., while track events begin at 3 p.m. with the prelims of the women's 4x100-meter relay. Saturday gets underway at 11 a.m. with the men's hammer throw. Track events are slated to open at 5 p.m. with the finals for the women's 4x100-meter relay. For live results, visit

    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.

    Seniors Kiwan Lawson and Kyle Jenkins maintained their reign over the jumps of the Big Ten as each won an individual title at the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Champaign, Ill., on May 16-18.

    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.

    Junior Jeff Coover enters the regional meet with a mark of 5.35 meters in the pole vault, which is the eighth-best height in the country.

    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.

    Two-sport Hoosier Marcus Thigpen will get his chance at earning a trip to the national meet in three events at this week's regional meet in Fayetteville.

    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).

    No matter the rotation, IU's 4x100-meter relay team boasts a group of talented sprinters. Last year, the combination of Marcus Thigpen, Kiwan Lawson, Keith Heerdegen and Jacob Moylan clocked the fifth-fastest time in school history with a time of 40.16 at the Mideast Region meet in Columbia, Mo. This year, the Hoosiers are looking to several options that may include that foursome, all of which have been successful. This year, the Hoosiers' `A' team of Thigpen, Devin Pipkin, Wil Glover and Heerdegen clocked a time of 40.35 on April 26. IU's `B' team of Thigpen, Pipkin, Moylan and Lawson recorded a time 40.54 to also qualify for the regional meet on May 3.

    All-American Kyle Jenkins enters the Big Ten Championships with the 13th-best long jump in the nation with a mark of 15.98m. He left Champaign with his second Big Ten title and the eighth-best mark in the country.

    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.

    Senior Kiwan Lawson has come a long way in his career as a Hoosier. Since 2004, Lawson has collected seven Big Ten medals, including three individual titles.

    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.

    Freshman Andy Weatherford enters the regional with 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 9:04.43. He clocked that personal-best time at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, May 17. Weatherford earned his regional ticket on May 3 with a time of 9:04.89 at the Jesse Owens Track Classic.

    HUBERS SET ON 1,500
    Freshman Ben Hubers posted his first regional mark at the Alabama Relays on March 30. 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, 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Sophomore Patrick Dalton improved his regional mark in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 17.11 meters at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, May 18.

    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.

    Sophomore Paul Haas used a throw of 52.48m to improve his regional mark in the discus on Saturday, May 17. His new mark was a personal-best and earned him fourth place at the league meet and five points for the Hoosiers.

    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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