Three Wins, Nine NCAA Marks at Tyson Invite
Feb. 13, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - After four NCAA qualifications on day one of the Tyson Invitational, the Hoosiers closed things out with more of the same on day two. Senior Jeff Coover took the Tyson title for the second straight year in the pole vault matching his career best. The men's distance medley relay team and sophomore Chelsea Blanchard posted NCAA times on the track and junior Faith Sherrill posted her second NCAA mark of the meet. The Hoosiers got three Tyson Invitational titles and nine NCAA qualifying marks in the two-day meet.
Coover won the Tyson pole vault title for the second-consecutive year, clearing 5.50m (18-0.5). He matched his season and career mark. After taking 42 attempts to clear the 5.50m NCAA auto standard for the first time, it took only three attempts at the height to clear it a second time. Coover was the only jumper to clear the height.
In the D.M.R., redshirt freshman Andy Bayer led the way, running a 3:58.48 split in the 1,600m anchor leg. After receiving the baton with a 3.5 second deficit to make up, Bayer caught Chris Gowell of Baylor for the win. Junior De'Sean Turner, senior Martin Stephen and sophomore Daniel Stockberger combined with Bayer to record a time of 9:38.39. They bettered the NCAA provisional standard with the fourth fastest in IU history.
Blanchard ran seven seconds faster than her previous career mark in the 3k for the Tyson 3k crown by nearly 5.5 seconds. Her time of 9:24.66 is better than the provisional standard of 9:32.00 and is the fifth fastest in IU history. The time is Blanchard's second NCAA mark in the 3k this season, moving her up the national list by seven seconds.
Redshirt freshman Zach Mayhew took second among collegiate runners with a time of 8:06.54 in the 3,000m. The time is just over the provisional standard of 9:05.00.
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.23m (53-3) for her second-place finish in the shot put. The mark is more than a full meter better than the provisional standard of 15.20m. Sherrill holds a season-best mark of 16.80m (55-1.5). Sherrill recorded a new school record on day one in the weight throw.
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