Jan. 23, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Hoosiers won five events on day one at the Gladstein Invitational. In addition to the four wins, Indiana had 20 top-three finishes and two provisional qualifications. Junior Vera Neuenswander led the Hoosiers on the day, breaking the IU record in the pole vault.
Neuenswander improved her provisional qualification in the pole vault by five centimeters when she cleared 4.15m (13-7.25). She reclaims the IU record after her teammate, sophomore Stephanie Chin, took it from her in 2008. Neuenswander finished nearly a foot ahead of the rest of the field. Indiana swept the top three spots in the event as Chin and junior Laura Williams took second and third respectively, both clearing 3.85m (12-7.5). For Williams, the clearance bettered her indoor best by thirty centimeters.
After four events, freshman Derek Drouin leads the heptathlon, largely due to a provisional clearance in the high jump. His mark of 2.16m (7-1) betters the provisional qualification that he posted last weekend at the Indiana Invite. The jump was worth 953 points, bringing his event-leading total to 2,815 points through four of seven events. The Corunna, Ontario native is currently ahead of Giovani Silva, who is in third place. Silva was the national champion in Mexico.
Olumide Olamigoke continued his strong start to his freshman campaign, winning the triple jump by nearly a full meter. His mark of 15.14m (49-8.25) is approximately one and a half feet better than his previous best and moves him within striking distance of the provisional mark of 15.40m. Fellow freshman Rex Parker took second in the event.
Senior Wil Glover, freshman Steven Keglar, and sophomores Devin Pipkin and Cedric Hudson finished in the top sixteen in the 60m dash to advance to the finals on Saturday. Glover recorded the second-best qualifying time in the prelims, while Pipkin took the third qualifying spot. Hudson had the sixth best time and Keglar finished in 12th.
Other event winners on the day included sophomore Ashley Baker in the open section of the 400m dash (57.98), senior Tim McLeod in the 3,000m run (8:10.49), and senior Tiffany Howard (15.10m (49-6.5)), who was the collegiate champion in the shot put, finishing second to only Liz Wanless of New York Athletic Club who holds the facility records for Gladstein Fieldhouse in the event.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, when they resume competition at the Gladstein Invitational at 10 a.m ET. For complete coverage of Indiana track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.