Six NCAA Marks for IU, Beckwith Runs Nation's Fastest Mile
Jan. 29, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field had a banner day on day one of the Indiana Relays. Leading the way was sophomore Andy Bayer who became the first Hoosier to finish the mile in under four minutes at Gladstein Fieldhouse. Molly Beckwith posted the best mile time in Div. I this season, and three other Hoosiers posted NCAA qualifying marks in the mile. Kristen Crawford posted an NCAA mark in the weight throw as well.
Bayer finished fourth in the mile, posting a time of 3:58.972. The time is the fifth-best in school history and nets him the first automatic NCAA qualification of his career. The Leo, Ind., native is the first Hoosier to break four minutes since Sean and John Jefferson did in 2005.
Bayer is the fifth Hoosier to perform the feat and the first to do so in Gladstein Fieldhouse. His time is the second-best in Division I this season, after he posted the NCAA's best mark in the 3,000 last weekend. Bayer was followed in by junior De'Sean Turner, who took ninth with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:01.85.
Beckwith posted Div. I's best mile, finishing in 4:43.44 for a provisional qualification. Her time is fourth-fastest in school history. She was followed in by sophomore Chelsea Blanchard in second and senior Wendi Robinson in third. Both of Beckwith's teammates posted provisional marks as well, finishing in 4:45.87 and 4:45.88 respectively. The times are good for fifth and sixth on both the national list and the IU record books.
Crawford's heave of 18.96m (62-2.5) in the weight throw is the fourth best in school history and ranks 15th in Div. I. The senior bettered the provisional mark by 21 centimeters. She is the second Hoosier to qualify in the weight throw this season, joining Faith Sherrill on the national list. The two Hoosiers have the two best throws in the Big Ten this season.
Also posting a win on the day was junior Sarah Pease in the invitational 3,000m. Pease finished in 9:34.23, just off the 9:32.00 provisional standard. The Elizabeth, Ind., native was more than four seconds ahead of the field, funning the tenth-best 3K in school history and the second-fastest in the Big Ten this season.
Several Hoosiers advanced to Saturday semifinals as well. Devin Pipkin advanced in the men's 60m dash (6.87), Logan Griffith (8.42) and Chris Sackmann (8.76) advanced in the men's 60m hurdles and Courtney Woodard (9.09), Ann-Marie Clarke (9.12), Kayla Smith (9.28) and Shona Dunkley (9.29) advanced in the women's 60m hurdles.
Action continues at the Indiana Relays on Sat., Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m. ET. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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