Indiana Open Gets #IUTF12 Into Full Swing
Jan. 5, 2012
The Indiana Open starts a streak of four home meets in 20 days for Indiana, kicking off the new year with a flash. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. ET on Sat., Jan. 7 in Gladstein Fieldhouse, and live results will be available at IUHoosiers.com. The meet produced a pair of NCAA automatic qualifiers and a Gladstein Fieldhouse record in 2011. The Hoosiers won 23 events at the 2011 meet and three Hoosiers led the nation in their respective events at the end of the weekend.
LAST TIME OUT
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. In the 300, Butler finished in a school record 33.57, to win by more than half a second. Bailey took wins in the 55m and 300m, posting a time of 7.13 seconds in the 55. In the 300, Bailey clocked a time of 39.31 to win by just under two seconds.
Hubers took second in the 5,000 meters. 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.
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).
HOOSIERS SWEEP FIRST WEEK OF B1G AWARDS
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that the four honorees were among several Hoosiers to hit the ground running in the indoor season, but stressed there is still a lot of room for growth.
"It is very early in the season, and we have a long way to go to call this season a success," said Helmer. "But, the Hoosier Open was a good start to our season, and to get four student-athletes honored by the Big Ten gives us some good forward momentum as we head into the new year and into the heart of the indoor season."
ONE OF A KIND
In the 300, Butler finished in a school record 33.57, to win by more than half a second. Butler bettered the previous record of 33.87 by IU legend and Olympian Albert Robinson.
Butler has a led a resurgence of the Indiana sprints program over the past two years. He won IU's first Big Ten title in the 60 meters since 1992 and became IU's first All-American in the 200 since 2004 during the 2011 indoor campaign, and then outdoors he led the Hoosiers to the first All-America finish in the 4x100 since 1971 and came within .01 seconds of the IU record in the 100 meters.
GOING THE DISTANCE
When it comes to success on the track, Indiana enters the indoor campaign with perhaps the most depth in the country in distance events. IU's men return four distance runners with Big Ten titles on their resumés, and two of those runners have won a pair of conference crowns. The 2012 Hoosier squad returns six All-American distance runners, who have combined to collect 21 All-America certificates. Indiana's depth is evident if you look at the team's career bests, as six Hoosiers have PR's in the mile better than 4:05 and 10 Hoosiers have gone under 4:10 in their collegiate careers.
ONCE THE ROOKIE, NOW THE VETERAN
Ahbe took second at Big Tens during the indoor and outdoor seasons and added a sixth place finish outdoors for her first All-America certificate. She and Vera Neuenswander went 1-2 at the outdoor Big Ten meet. This after she took 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and second at Big Tens as a freshman in 2010.
This season, four freshmen enter the program in the women's pole vault, and they are a heralded group. All four jumpers cleared 3.81m (12-6) or better in high school, a mark that was Ahbe's PR when she arrived in Bloomington. It should be an intriguing season on the pole vault runway for IU.
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
Riddick, a transfer to Indiana in 2010 from Montclair State, won three NCAA Division III titles in the shot put before arriving in Bloomington. Riddick posted an indoor best of 16.66m (54-8) in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Championships during the indoor and outdoor campaigns. In comparison, Sherrill finished her junior indoor season at 16.80m (55-1.5).
A standout at Bishop Ahr in New Jersey, Riddick wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, mostly because of her height. The senior has proved people wrong as a collegiate thrower, and with her work ethic and strong finish to throws, she has blossomed under Indiana's throws coach Jermaine Jones. After winning her third NCAA title at Montclair State, head coach Aubrey Lewis told Riddick that she should look to transfer if she wanted to reach her full potential as a thrower. In the recruiting process, Riddick chose Indiana because of Jones's successes with another short thrower, Tiffany Howard. Howard was an All-American and Big Ten Champion at Indiana.
BREAKOUT FOR BAILEY?
After a breakout season in 2011, Bailey is poised for a breakout campaign in 2012. The junior posted a third place finish in the 200m at Big Tens in 2011 and scored in the 100m at the conference meet as well. The Zion, Ill., native was one race away from a trip to Des Moines during the outdoor campaign last year, advancing to the quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Bailey should benefit from the addition of two new training partners, freshmen Shawntanay Johnson and La Toya Williams. Both of the freshmen come to Indiana with impressive high school accolades. Johnson was a Missouri state runner up in the 100 in 2009, and Williams was all-state in the 100m and 200m at the always impressive California State meet.
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