Dec. 9, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana Track and Field started the 2012 indoor season with a solid outing at the Hoosier Open. The Hoosiers won 18 events on the evening. Kind Butler and Ben Hubers led the way for the men and Aireonna Bailey, Emma Kimoto and Kelsie Ahbe led the charge for the women.
Butler blazed to wins in the 55 meters and 300 meters. His time of 6.27 seconds in the 55 is the sixth fastest in school history and is the fastest 55m time in the country on the very young season. Converted to 60 meters, Butler will rank third on the NCAA list. In the 300, Butler finished in a school record 33.57, to win by more than half a second.
Hubers took second to Northern Arizona's Diego Estrada in the 5,000 meters. Estrada, fresh off a second-place finish at the NCAA cross country meet, set a Gladstein Fieldhouse record in 13:39.54, overtaking the mark previously held by Hubers. Hubers' time of 13:46.07 is less than six seconds off of his career mark from the NCAA Championships a year ago. Andrew Poore was third in 13:47.05. The three runners will be 1-2-3 nationally after the weekend.
Bailey took wins in the 55m and 300m, posting a time of 7.13 seconds in the 55 to move past IU legend and Olympian DeDee Nathan for ninth in IU history. Coverted to 60 meters, Bailey's time is 7.65, which is .02 better than her career best. In the 300, Bailey clocked a time of 39.31 to win by just under two seconds.
Kimoto won the high jump with a good early season clearance of 1.73m (5-8), and Mia Mackinnon was second at 1.70m (5-7).
Ahbe won the pole vault with a clearance of 4.00m (13-1.5) from a short approach.
Other Hoosiers winning on the day were Jordan Gray
in the 500 (1:13.68), Caitlin Engel
in the 3,000 (9:40.27, collegiate winner), Ann-Marie Clarke
in the 55m hurdles (8.40), Fabrina Espinoza
in the triple jump (11.31m), Courtney Woodard
in the long jump (5.46m), Kyla Buckley
in the shot put and weight throw (14.26m and 15.99m), Ryan Hindes
in the 500 meters (1:04.94), De'Sean Turner
in the 1000 meters (2:22.45), Darius King
in the high jump (2.10m), Rex Parker
in the long jump (6.95m), Olu Olamigoke
(15.12m) and Daniel Galos
in the weight throw (18.67m).
The Hoosiers return to action at the Indiana Open on January 7, 2012. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.