The 2013 season hits full swing for Indiana Track and Field this weekend, when the Hoosiers host Purdue for the annual dual meet between the two state schools. The rivalry was renewed in 2010, and the Hoosier men and women have won in all three matchups since. IU will look to keep the streak alive on Saturday, when they toe the line versus the Boilers at 4 p.m. ET in Gladstein Fieldhouse.
The meet will use a 5-3-1 scoring system, with the top three places scoring in open events and relays awarding only five points to the winner. Purdue is led by Big Ten Champions in Geoff Davis for the men and Dani Bunch for the women. Davis has been a mainstay as a medalist in the high jump in the Big Ten, taking the conference title outdoors in 2011, and Bunch is one of the best returning throwers in the Big Ten this season.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana track and field opened its season with the Hoosier Open. Zach Mayhew highlighted the meet for IU, taking second in the elite men's 5,000, and Kelsey Duerksen won the women's 5,000, taking the top spot on the national list.
Mayhew finished second in an elite 5,000m race, clocking a time of 13:51.79, putting Mayhew second on the national list in the young season.
Cornelius Strickland made a splash in his collegiate debut, winning the 60 meters in 6.87 seconds. The Gary, Ind., native led an all IU finish as Nick Turner was second in 6.91 and Tyler Sult was third in 6.99.
Kelsey Duerksen and Samantha Ginther went 1-2 in the women's 5,000m invitational. Duerksen's time of 16:37.27 ranks sixth in IU history and leads the country this season.
Brie Roller took the win in the women's 500m, clocking a time of 1:14.89 that was 1.22 seconds faster than the rest of the field. The Hoosiers took the top five spots in the event. The Brooklyn native also ran the third leg on IU's winning 4x400m relay which finished in 3:54.04.
IU won the men's 4x400m relay as well, getting a time of 3:18.05 out of Reggie Smith, Cortland Etgen, Lance Roller and Nathan Pierre-Louis. Roller, a fifth-year transfer, teamed with the three freshman to knock off the field by 1.42 seconds. Roller also took second in the men's 1,000m in 2:26.56, and Pierre-Louis was third in the 500m by just .32 seconds.
The Hoosiers went 1-4 among collegiate in the women's 1,000m, as Arianne Raby took second behind Jordan Gray, who ran unattached. Raby finished in 2:54.37.
IU went 1-2-3 in the women's pole vault with Sophie Gutermuth winning and Sydney Clute and Angie Smith tying for second. All three cleared 3.55m (11-7.75).
Drouin scored 4,009 points to take the men's pentathlon. Drouin finished 394 points better than the field at the meet and was 148 points better than the previous collegiate leader, Devin Dick of Kansas State. IU took the top four spots in the pentathlon, with Matt Gerbick second with 3,615 points, Dylan Anderson third with 3,598 and Stephen Keller fourth with 3,355.
Woodard won the women's pentathlon with 3,660 points. Woodard's score ranks third on the Division I list this season. Woodard won four of the five events.
BAYER GETS RID OF NCAA HEADACHES Andy Bayer's 2012 season cemented his legacy among best to ever lace them up for Indiana track and field. The redshirt senior enters the 2013 season coming off of an NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 1,500m, after coming up just short on numerous occasions indoors.
Bayer won his 1,500m title by .01 seconds over BYU's Miles Batty, finally getting over the hump after finishing within a second of an NCAA title on five previous occasions. A collective 2.79 seconds seperates the Leo, Ind., native from being a six-time NCAA Champion.
Bayer followed up his first taste of NCAA gold with an incredible performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The only collegiate runner to advance to the final in the 1,500m, Bayer kicked down the final straightaway to a fourth-place finish, crossing the line just .56 seconds after Andrew Wheating in third and 1.49 seconds behind winner Leonel Manzano, who went on to take silver in London. He finished more than six seconds ahead of Batty, who took 10th, competing for Asics.
The outdoor season was long, and it included 11 1,500m races between May 12th and July 1, but Bayer laced them up one more time, taking the opportunity to represent Team USA at the NCACAC U-23 Championships in Guanijuato, Mexico, where he won gold in the 5,000 meters.
Bayer has the top returning times in the Big Ten in the mile, 3,000 and 5,000 this indoor season.
Nicknamed "Ted" by his teammates because he was one of four Andrews on the distance crew upon his arrival, the "Teddy" Bayer moniker stuck.
BOMBS AWAY FOR BUCKLEY Kyla Buckley entered the NCAA East Prelims seeded 15th in the women's shot put, so advancing to the NCAA Championships wasn't a stretch, but she was safely under the radar. She took 11th at the prelims to punch her ticket to Des Moines, where she put herself on top of the radar.
A junior this season, Buckley threw four throws better than her lifetime best entering the Championships, and her best of the day, 16.98m (55-8.5), was good for ninth and second team All-America honors. Look for the Indianapolis native to build on her 2012 success this year, as four of the eight throwers with better marks thank Buckley a year ago have graduated.
KIMOTO BREAKS THROUGH TO NCAAS Emma Kimoto showed that she just might have a "clutch gene," coming up big on her final attempt at the NCAA East Prelims to advance to the NCAA Championships in the high jump. A senior this season, Kimoto cleared 1.81m (5-11.25) on her third attempt to claim he final spot in the national meet.
Kimoto proved that her three centimeter PR wasn't a fluke by jumping 1.79m (5-10.5) at the NCAA meet for 13th place and second team All-America honors.
AIR CANADA FLIES AGAIN
An Olympic bronze medalist, three-time NCAA Champion, five-time Big Ten Champion, three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, one-time National Field Athlete of the Year and two-time Penn Relays champion, Derek Drouin has accomplished a lot in the high jump, yet he is nowhere near a lock to be the best jumper in the NCAA this season. Kansas State's Erik Kynard returns as well, with his Olympic silver medal, setting up what should be the most intriguing NCAA Championships matchups of the season, regardless of event.
The two jumpers have squared off 10 times since 2009, with each coming out on top five times. Drouin bettered Kynard three times in the first five meetings, and Kynard has come out on top three times in the last five meetings. So the series is about as even as it can get. In 2013, the duo is only scheduled to meet at the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets.
Drouin was on top in 2011, having won the NCAA Indoor title with a clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75) to set a new indoor record in Canada and in the Big Ten. He was named National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, and then things went south. In the first meet of the outdoor campaign, he broke his foot, which kept him from jumping until January 2012, which makes his 2012 season even more miraculous.
ZACH READY TO ATTACK THE TRACK Zach Mayhew had been a Big Ten point-scorer on the track and an All-Big Ten performer for the Hoosiers on the cross country course, but in three and a half years at IU, he hadn't made any noise on a national level. That all started to change last year during his redshirt junior campaign.
Mayhew's first big win came at the Penn Relays, where he took a dominant victory in the 5,000m. In May, he took the Big Ten 10,000m title in Madison. His win is the only in school history in the 10K, and he broke the McClimon Complex record in the process. His time at Big Tens earned him a spot at the NCAA East Prelims, where a 10th place finish advanced him to the NCAA Championships, where he earned second team All-America honors.
In this, his senior campaign, Mayhew has started off with a flurry. He won the Big Ten Cross Country title, IU's first in 20 years, and then took 13th at the NCAA Championships for the best finish by a Hoosier in 20 years.
Mayhew opened the 2013 track season with a time of 13:51.79 in the 5,000m at the Hoosier Open, which ranks second in Division I this season, earning Big Ten Athlete of the Week laurels for the performance.
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