Blanchard Runs Provisional Mark on Day One of Invite
Jan. 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After starting the season with dominating performances in the field events, the Hoosiers used day one of the Gladstein Invitational to show they can be just as good on the track. The Hoosiers were led by redshirt freshman Andy Bayer and redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore, who both posted NCAA provisional marks in the fastest 3,000-meter race in the history of Gladstein Fieldhouse. Indiana won nine events on the day and posted three new NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Bayer finished as the collegiate winner in a race filled with professional runners. He took third place in a race that saw four runners finish faster than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Bayer's time of 7:55.25 was faster than the 1991 3K clocked by IU legend Bob Kennedy. By beating the 19-year old mark, Bayer moves into second in the IU record books as well. His time is just .75 seconds off the NCAA Auto standard and is almost 10 seconds faster than the provisional mark. The mark is the first NCAA provisional qualification of his career.
Poore was right behind, taking fifth in the race with a time of 7:57.44. He is one of only five Hoosiers to finish the 3,000 meters in under eight minutes. His time is the fourth fastest in school history and was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor meet last season. The mark is the first provisional indoor qualification of his career.
In the women's 3,000m Invitational, sophomore Chelsea Blanchard posted her first career NCAA qualifying time. Her time of 9:31.62 is just under the provisional standard of 9:32.00. Blanchard was more than seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher. The finish moves her into eighth in the IU record books.
Also winning on the day for Indiana was freshman Patrick Onye, who finished second to only IU volunteer assistant coach Cory Martin in the weight throw. Martin bested his own Gladstein Fieldhouse record with a throw of 23.36m (76-7.75). Martin is a native of Bloomington, Ind. Onye recorded a heave of 19.17m (62-10.75) to win the collegiate title.
Freshman Emma Kimoto won the women's high jump with a clearance of 1.70m (5-7), Ruth Christopher won the women's open 400m in 57.18, Molly Beckwith was the collegiate winner of the 400m invitational (55.88), and Wendi Robinson was the collegiate winner of the mile invitational (4:48.19).
The Hoosier men went 1-2-3-4 in the open mile run. Cole Hardacre led the way with a time of 4:09.92. Indiana now has seven men with times of less than 4:10 in the mile on the season.
Devin Pipkin posted the fastest time in the preliminaries of the 60m dash. He finished in 6.85 seconds to be one of three Hoosiers in Saturday's two-heat final.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, January 23, when the Gladstein Invitational resumes at 10 a.m. ET. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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