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IU track and field records broken in Florida, California



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Cooper Williams waits for the handoff from Zubin Muncherji in the men’s distance medley Jan. 25 at the IU Relays at Gladstein Fieldhouse. IU set a time of 9:27.30, the fastest in the nation this year. Colin Kulpa Buy Photos

IU track and field saw successful performances in many areas this weekend. The Hoosiers set personal records, created NCAA leading times and broke long-standing school records.

Many of the dominant performances came from the select group of Hoosiers that traveled out west to take part in the Stanford Invitational.

The most notable came from senior Maggie Allen. Her time of 32:54.80 in the 10,000-meter race broke a 30-year-old school record previously held by Michelle Dekkers.

Allen’s performance was followed up by two NCAA-leading times on the men’s side, in the steeplechase and 5,000-meter.

Senior Daniel Michalski was responsible for the leading mark in the steeplechase, posting a time of 8:35.52 to grab first place. The time also puts him in third place in the IU record books. The other mark was set by junior Kyle Mau in the 5,000-meter. Along with being the NCAA-leading time, his time of 13:44.43 earned him first place and a new personal record.

Other notable finishes at Stanford came from sophomore Ben Veatch and junior Bryce Millar. Veatch followed up Mau in the 5,000-meter by finishing third with a time of 13:45.92, and after posting a time of 29:28.57 in the 10,000-meter, Millar set a personal record.

Down in Florida, the rest of the IU squad saw similar results.

The 1,500-meter proved to be a dominant race for both the men and women. On the women’s side, junior Kelsey Harris notched a first place finish and personal record, crossing the line in a time of 4:18.23. The men took home third and fourth place. Joe Murphy grabbed third with his time of 3:44.47 and was followed up shortly by sophomore Cooper Williams’ time of 3:45.83.

Similar to last season’s Florida Relays, the Hoosiers once again saw top-notch performances in the relay portion of the meet.

The men’s sprint medley relay team got things going by setting the Hoosiers' second school record of the weekend. The team consisting of sophomore Cooper Williams, freshman Rikkoi Brathwaite, senior Derek Grimmer and junior Dushawn Tunstall clocked in at a time of 3:19.92 for first place.

Following that performance were a pair of second-place finishes in the 4x800-meter relay races. The women’s team finished in a time of 8:32.39 while the men crossed the line in 7:21.68.

Closing out the relay races were the distance medley relays. Both the men and women got back to the top spot on the podium with first-place finishes. The men’s team ran a time of 9:54.46 while the women ran a 11:39.17.

The remaining notable results came on the field, with two personal records being broken. Junior Adam Coulon vaulted to a height of 5.25 meters in the pole vault to earn first-place. Senior Eric Bethea jumped 16.19 meters in the triple jump to nab third.

IU is set to take a week off in preparation for the Tennessee Relays. The team will return to action April 12.  

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