YELDELL WINS TRIPLE JUMP, HOOSIERS FINISH SIXTH
February 27, 2000 YELDELL WINS TRIPLE JUMP, HOOSIERS FINISH SIXTH
Bloomington, Ind. - IU sophomore Greg Yeldell won the Big Ten triple jump competition Sunday at Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Indiana men's team finished in a tie with Michigan for sixth with 62 points.
Yeldell leapt 16.35m (53-7.75) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships March 10-11 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His winning mark is third best in IU history. Yeldell's mark Yeldell also placed second in the long jump Saturday at 7.52m (24-8.25).
"Greg had a great meet," said IU head coach Marshall Goss. "I am happy for him, and he is happy for himself. He beat a very competitive young man today."
Yeldell excelled against tough competition as the top two automatically qualified for the NCAA's and a third provisionally qualified. He finished six centimeters (2.25 inches) ahead of Lenton Herring of Wisconsin which also made the NCAA field.
"I went out really well," said Yeldell. "The Big Ten is so good, and it brought the best performance out of me."
Senior Russell Brooks showed well on his home track with a third place finish in the 60 meter and a sixth place time of 21.81 in the 200meter. His time of 7.81 in the 60 meter was a hundredth of a second behind B.J. Tucker of Wisconsin. Brooks appeared to have the race and led with about 15 meters to go.
"I got a good first place start," Brooks said. "And I was going to take it, but I stumbled and did not do as well as I was hoping."
IU junior Mikko Simos led a solid group of middle distance runners with a third place finish in the 800 meters. Simos ran a season best 1:51.52 as he edged Toby Henkels of Minnesota. Senior Chris Ekman ran a strong race as he took fourth in the mile with a time of 4:12.94, and sophomore Ryan Huber won his heat, but placed fifth in the 600 meter at 1:19.70.
"My goal was to be in the top three finishers," said Simos. "I accomplished this, but I feel like I could have performed better."
The Hoosiers put two on the awards stand in the high jump. Sophomore Jon Lange finished fourth after clearing 2.10m (6-10.75), and freshman John Miles flew above 2.06m (6-9) to place sixth.
"I was not very happy with the way I performed," Lange stated. "But I was happy to put points on the board for the team."
The Hoosiers conclude the regular indoor season in the USATF
Championships Friday March 3 in the Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse.
The meet begins at 5 p.m. Those that qualify will then head to
the NCAA Championships.
QUOTES FROM THE WINNERS
John Lange, Indiana, fourth place
400 Meter Dash
60 Meter Dash
Russell Brooks, Indiana, third place
800 Meter Dash
Mikko Simos, Indiana, third place
60 Meter Hurdles
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