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Hoosiers travel to South Bend, create national marks



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Junior David Schall competes in the shot put in the Hoosier Open on Dec. 8 in Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Schall won the men's shot put in Saturday's dual meet with Tennessee with a new meet record of 18.70 meters. Schall got to rest this weekend while a few of his teammates went to South Bend, Indiana, for the Alex Wilson Invitational.   Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

The Hoosiers stayed in their home state this weekend, traveling up to South Bend, Indiana for the Alex Wilson Invitational. 

This is the Hoosier’s last meet before the Big Ten Championships, which will be directly followed by the NCAA Championship meet. 

IU Coach Ron Helmer decided to only have a select number of athletes registered in this meet, while most of the team had the weekend to rest. 

“There were specific things we were trying to get done in this meet,” Helmer said. “This was kind of our last chance to get marks on the board that will qualify for the NCAA meet because some of the marks we held previously would not have held up.”

This was true for the Distance Medley Relay event, the DMR. This weekend's men’s team consisted of freshman Teddy Browning running the first 1200 meters in 2:54.0, freshman Zubin Muncherji racing 400 meters in 46.9, senior Daniel Kuhn running the next leg of 800 meter in 1:46.8 and sophomore Kyle Mau anchoring the last 1600 meters in 3:59.4. The team finished with a time of 9:28.62. 

IU went into this weekend's DMR with the No. 1 spot in the country but left with the No. 5 spot even after shaving three seconds off their best time. 

With this, the men’s DMR will still qualify for the NCAA meet, and the Hoosiers now hold the best DMR time in the Big Ten. 

Senior Andrew Miller was registered for the Alex Wilson Invitational for the same reason. Miller went into the meet with the No. 14 spot in the nation in the weight throw but left with the ninth best mark in the nation. 

Miller broke the IU record in the weight throw, clearing 22.10 meters on his second throw. This also secured the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten rankings. 

“Miller was able to get a new personal record this weekend and one that will most likely qualify him for the national meet,” Helmer said. 

In the 800-meter event, senior Jordan Huntoon placed in third with a time of 1:50.77. 

The Hoosiers will return on Feb. 23 for the Big Ten Championship in Geneva, Ohio. 

Julia Briano

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