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IU sets new personal records at Florida Pepsi relays

<p>Junior Eric Bethea competes in the long jump in the Hoosier Open Dec. 8, 2017 in Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Bethea and the rest of the team will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend to take part in the Tennessee Relays.</p>

Junior Eric Bethea competes in the long jump in the Hoosier Open Dec. 8, 2017 in Harry Gladstein Fieldhouse. Bethea and the rest of the team will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend to take part in the Tennessee Relays.

The Hoosiers returned to Bloomington after spending the weekend in Florida for the Pepsi Florida Relays. The team collected a total of seven personal records and one personal collegiate best time during their time in Gainesville. 

Sophomore Cooper Williams won the third heat of the 1,500-meter event, setting a new personal record of 3:47.79. Williams ran five seconds faster than his previous personal record, earning him 15th place overall. 

In the 4x800 meter relay, the men’s team ran the second fastest time of IU track and field history. The men’s team consisting of seniors Jordan Huntoon and Daniel Kuhn, freshman Teddy Browning, and sophomore Cooper Williams finished second behind the Hoka New Jersey/New York Track Club. IU was the first collegiate team to cross the finish line with a time of 7:20.23.

Junior Eric Bethea was the only Hoosier competing on the field for the final day of the Pepsi Florida Relays. Bethea finished third overall with the mark of 15.76 meters, just one hundredth of a meter off of his outdoor personal record.

Other athletes traveled west for the Stanford Invitational, and the weekend saw some new personal records. 

In the men’s 5,000-meter, freshman Ben Veatch finished 10th overall with a new personal best time of 13:50.49. He now has the fifth-fastest time in Hoosier history.

Sophomores Bryce Millar and Kyle Mau ran in the second section of the 5,000-meter. Millar finished 14th overall with the time of 14:04.26 and Mau set a personal record of 14:07.47.

The Hoosier throwers will return for the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Georgia, put on by the University of Georgia on April 7 and 8. Runners and jumpers will not compete next weekend in preparation for the Tennessee Relays beginning April 13.

Julia Briano

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