January 7, 2012
Veteran Ricardo Bell got things rolling with a win in the rarely contested 500 meter dash (video link) posting a team record 1:04.05. Nathanael Browning finished 5th in the 500m coming off a week of illness having missed a couple days of training.
At 1000 meters, Invaders newcomer Drake Sterling bumped up his status on the team roster with a team record 2:24.14 (video link) in his inaugural Invaders outing while finishing 2nd in his race. James "Jimmy" O'Brien, 4th at the 2011 USA Indoor National Championships 800, finished in a PR 2:24.92 with his 5th place finish and he was followed closely by another newcomer to the Invaders roster, Jason Springer, also posting a PR of 2:25.50. Juan Carrillo finished 10th having battled a soft tissue foot injury for the past week.
Coach Greg Harger said, "This was a solid initial outing for several of the guys as 4 of 6 athletes posted Personal Records". Harger added, "IU Track & Field always hosts well run meets and this lower key meet is a perfect place to get our competitive heads clear from the holiday season before ramping things up in the next couple of weeks for USA National Championship qualification efforts".
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