Trio of Hoosiers Earn All-American; Wilson Takes Bronze in Triple Jump
June 11, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Three Hoosiers earned All-American accolades in the final day of the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as senior jumper Aarik Wilson earned the bronze medal in the triple jump, junior Sean Jefferson finished seventh in the 1,500 and Stephen Haas took 11th in the 5,000m. Wilson and Jefferson's finishes helped Indiana to its second-straight top-25 finish as they took a tied for 19th-place stance overall with 14 points.
The bar was set high in the triple jump finals after Rodrigo Mendes of Brigham Young leaped a 17.04m/55-11.00 on his first try, leaving the rest of the field to play catch-up the rest of the way. Wilson, who also earned a third-place finish in the long jump two days prior, inched his way into second with a mark of 16.94m/55-07.00 , but was eventually edged out by Allen Simms of Southern California, who earned his mark (17.03m/55-10.50) on his fifth attempt.
In the 1,500m finals, Jefferson set a new personal-best time of 3:38.91, a time that ranks fifth in the IU record books. The closest position Jefferson got throughout the race was fourth after the first 400m. He sat quietly in eighth after two laps and then trailed off a little, but got just enough energy to cross the finish line and earn his first outdoor All-American accolade. The now five-time All-American (two cross country, two indoor, one outdoor) previous personal best was 3:40.90, which he earned at the Mt. Sac Relays in 2004.
The final competitor of the evening for the Hoosiers was Haas, who finished the 5,000m with a time of 14:05.74. Early front-runners Ryan Hall and Ian Dobson of Stanford set the pace and Haas tried to get within reach, but got a cramp during the race which caused him to slow down in the final few laps. Haas' All-American award is the second of his career, as he earned his first during the NCAA Indoor Championships in the same event.
Indiana Results for Saturday
Triple Jump Finals
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