Feb. 6, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Indiana track and field teams began competition in the Meyo Invitational on the campus of Notre Dame on Friday. The meet marks the first time the Hoosiers have competed away from Bloomington this season. Leading the way for IU was the women's distance medley relay and senior Jeff Coover, who both posted provisional qualifications. Indiana posted seven top-five finishes on the day, including three top-three finishes and an event win for Coover.
Coover continued his standout season, winning the pole vault with a mark of 5.32m (17-5.5). The mark is just five centimeters shy of the career best mark he posted last weekend at the Indiana Relays. Coover was ten centimeters better than his closest collegiate competitor and won via tiebreaker over unattached Joe Samaniuk.
Wendi Robinson led the way in the distance medley relay, giving her two provisional qualifications in as many weekends. The relay squad finished in 11:23.91 for the second best time in school history. The Hoosiers took fourth in the event with a time that is more than six seconds faster than the provisional mark. They also finished less than a tenth of a second out of third place.
In the men's 300m, two Hoosiers were involved in an photo finish. Freshman Chris Vaughn and senior John Gunnell finished less than a hundredth of a second apart with Vaughn finishing ahead for third place. Vaughn's time of 34.622 was just a hair faster than Gunnell's 34.629.
Sophomore Lindsey Hartman took second in the 500m, finishing in 1:15.07 to win her heat. She finished behind only Shade St. Louis of Eastern Michigan.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, when they resume competition at the Meyo Invitational at 10 a.m ET. For complete coverage of Indiana track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.