Hoosiers, Weather Dominate Final Day of Polytan Invitational
April 23, 2011
Indiana track and field won 10 events on the final day of the Polytan Invitational, despite dealing with weather delays for the second-straight day of the three day meet.
A pair of former Hoosiers returned for the meet. Molly Beckwith broke her own track record with a time of 2:01.49. Olympian Aarik Wilson made his return from injury, competing for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He took the win in the triple jump, leaping 15.58m (51-1.5) to win by nearly two feet.
Kristen Crawford opened the day for the Hoosiers, winning the hammer throw, which was postponed from Friday. She launched a lifetime best of better than a meter, a bomb that traveled 55.20m (181-1). It is the second-best throw in IU history.
Aireonna Bailey posted an incredible finish in the 100m. She moved from third to first in the final five meters for the win, clocking a time of 11.93 seconds. Bailey then helped the Hoosiers to a win in the 4x400m relay. The Hoosiers won with a time of 3:40.49.
Chris Vaughn won the 400m dash in 47.14 seconds, a career-best time which ranks in the top six in the Big Ten this season. The men's 800 went to De'Sean Turner in 1:50.50. Danny Stockberger took second in 1:51.71 Kind Butler won the 200 meters, clocking a time of 21.24 seconds, just .02 off his outdoor lifetime best.
Tommy Smith took the men's shot put with a career-best heave of 16.65m (54-7.5). Faith Sherrill won the women's shot put with a throw of 17.40m (57-1) and Monique Riddick finished second with a throw of 16.12m (52-10.75). Sherrill also won the discus, launching a throw of 48.05m (157-8).
Emma Kimoto won the women's high jump, clearing 1.67m (5-5.75).
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