Hoosiers to Send Nine to Eugene
May 29, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - When the NCAA East Preliminary Round came to a close on Saturday, nine Indiana student-athletes had earned their way to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Hoosiers began the day with heat wins in the 3,000m steeplechase from De'Sean Turner and Sarah Pease and closed out the day with a pair of advancements from Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers in the men's 5,000m.
Turner started the day off right for the Hoosiers, winning his heat of the 3,000m steeplechase in 8:47.22 to punch his ticket to Eugene. Turner heads to his first NCAA Outdoor meet after earning All-America honors in the distance medley relay during the past two seasons.
Pease followed Turner's lead, winning her heat of the steeplechase in 10:13.09. She was six seconds ahead of the second-place runner in her heat and had the second-fastest time over the three heats. Pease heads to the NCAA outdoor meet for the second straight year, looking to improve upon a seventh-place finish in the steeplechase last season.
Poore and Hubers finished fifth and sixth in their heat of the men's 5,000m and had the fifth- and sixth-best times with the two heats combined. Poore finished in 14:05.07 and Hubers was right behind in 14:06.35. The pair was just three seconds out of third place. Poore and Hubers will each compete in their first NCAA outdoor meet. Both have competed and earned All-America honors indoors.
Olumide Olamigoke reached the finals of the triple jump and narrowly missed a trip to Oregon with a 14th-place finish. Olamigoke jumped 15.54m (51-0). Rex Parker was just 6.75 inches out of advancing to the finals, leaping 15.24m (50-0).
In the 4x100m relay, the Hoosiers did not advance despite posting the fifth-best time in school history. Wil Glover, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin clocked a time of 40.16 seconds. That time matches IU's Mideast regional performance in 2007.
Paul Haas reached the finals in the discus. He took sixteenth with a heave of 52.42m (171-11).
The Hoosiers next head to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 9-12. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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