Big Ten Indoor Championships Day 1
Jake Wiseman, who has mentored some of the top freshman pole vaulters in the nation in Vera Neuenswander in 2007, Stephanie Chin in 2008 and Kelsie Ahbe in 2010, enters his eighth season as the Hoosiers' assistant coach for pole vault and javelin.
Wiseman, a former Indiana decathlete who was second-team All-Big Ten in 2005, has helped guide Neuenswander, Chin, Ahbe, Blayne Burkholder and Jeff Coover to NCAA Championship appearances in the past four seasons. His vaulters have won four Big Ten titles and earned All-America honors eight times.
In 2011, Neuenswander and Ahbe did things that Hoosiers have never done before in the pole vault. They capped the season by finishing in a 1-2 sweep at Big Tens and then both earning All-America honors at NCAAs. Neuenswander took the Big Ten crown with a conference-record tying clearance of 4.36m (14-3.75), and Ahbe was right behind, clearing 4.26m (13-11.75). The pair then went on to finish fourth and sixth respectively at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Indoors, IU got 16 points in the women's pole vault as Ahbe took second, Neuenswander was fourth and Chin finished sixth. All three competed at the NCAA Regional.
The 2010 campaign was more of the same for Indiana's tradition-rich pole vault program. Coover highlighted the year with third place at the NCAA Indoor Championships and All-America honors outdoors as well. Ahbe continued a trend of successful freshmen female vaulters at Indiana with All-Big Ten honors outdoors and a trip to the NCAA Championships. The freshman also advanced to the World Jr. Championships with a second-place finish at USA's. Derek Messmer advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, as did Laura Williams.
The 2009 season was a great one for the IU pole vault program, as Wiseman's pupils claimed All-America honors three times and brought home a Big Ten title. Coover won the Big Ten indoor crown and took fourth at NCAA's for his second career All-America honors. His remarkably consistent indoor season garnered him Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year honors. Neuenswander claimed All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, finishing sixth indoors and second at the outdoor meet. She also won the NCAA Mideast Regional, clearing a then school record height of 4.31m .
Wiseman helped Coover to a clearance of 5.35 meters at the Sea Ray Relays, the nation's eighth-best mark on the year. Coover finished fourth at the regional, good for a spot at the national meet. At the NCAA Championships, Coover took seventh place and All-America honors.
Chin blossomed under Wiseman's tutelage in 2008, breaking IU's indoor and outdoor records and making it to the NCAA Championships in both seasons. Chin cleared 4.14m at the Alex Wilson Invitational to earn her spot at the NCAA Championships. When she got the chance to move outdoors, she kept the ball rolling with a clearance of 4.25m.
In 2007, Neuenswander set a new Big Ten Outdoor Championship and Nittany Lion Field record en route to the individual league title and a spot at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet. Her regional trip led her to the NCAA Championships where she finished 12th. Neuenswander also posted a successful indoor season in her rookie year. She broke the Big Ten Indoor Championship record with a vault of 4.11 meters to win silver and earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
Burkholder came away with the pole vault title and a regional qualification at the Billy Hayes Invitational in 2007. His success at Billy Hayes sent him into the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, where he won the individual title for the Hoosiers. Burkholder then cleared 5.06 meters at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet to take third and earn his first-ever trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Prior to his coaching career, Wiseman finished runner-up at the 2005 Big Ten Championships and represented Indiana at the NCAA Championships in the decathlon. In 2004, the Corydon, Ind., native also competed in the decathlon at Big Ten's, where he finished third, and at NCAA's, where he came in 21st overall.
Wiseman can be found in the Indiana record books with his career-best mark in the javelin (63.89-meters) ranking third, and his 7,365 points in the decathlon ranking second all-time.
Wiseman graduated in the spring of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in continuing studies and resides in Bloomington with his wife, Stacey.
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