The postseason begins this weekend for Indiana track and field, as the Hoosiers head to Geneva, Ohio for the Big Ten Indoor Championships. For the second-straight year, the conference's men's and women's meets are being held together simultaneously in the same venue. The meet opens on Fri., Feb. 22 and concludes on Sat., Feb. 23 with action beginning at 10 a.m. ET on both days. The meet will be broadcast on Big Ten Network via tape delay at noon ET on March 2. Fans can follow along on Twitter with official hashtags #B1GTF and #iutf13, as well as by following @IUTrackXC.
The Hoosier men look to defend the team title they won at the meet in 2012. The championship was the first for the program in 20 years. The Hoosiers return two-time defending 3,000m and one-time defending mile champion Andy Bayer, and the Hoosiers have claimed the last three titles in the high jump, with Darius King returning to defend his 2012 title and Derek Drouin coming in having won the event at his last two Big Ten indoor meets in 2010 and 2011. Zach Mayhew enters the meet looking for his first Big Ten indoor title, having won the 10,000m outdoors in 2012 and the cross country title this fall.
The IU women's program will look to improve on its eighth-place finish from a year ago. The Hoosiers return a Big Ten runner-up DMR and Emma Kimoto, who was the runner-up in the high jump in 2012. The team will look to continue a streak of five-straight indoor seasons with at least one Big Ten Champion, as Monique Riddick too the shot put crown a year ago.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana track and field got five big-time performances at the Hoosier Hills. On day one Derek Drouin took over the collegiate lead in the high jump with the fourth-best mark in the world in 2013, and the IU distance medley relay recorded the second-best time in Division I this season. On day two, Zach Mayhew and Andy Bayer took the Big Ten lead in the 3,000, and Samantha Ginther moved to second in the Big Ten in the women's 3,000.
Drouin cleared 2.32m (7-7.25) for the win in the high jump, taking over sole possession of the lead in Division I this season and putting himself fourth on the world list. In his final meet as a Hoosier in Gladstein Fieldhouse, Drouin broke a 25-year old facility record, held by Mark Reed at 2.31m (7-7).
The IU DMR team of Rorey Hunter, Nick Stoner, Lance Roller and Andy Bayer clocked a time of 9:33.43. Hunter opened with a time of 2:55.7 over 1,200 meters, Stoner clocked a 48.2 split on the 400m leg, Roller ran 1:50.7 on the 800m leg, and Bayer closed out in 3:58.5 over 1,600m. IU's B-relay in the race clocked a time of 9:40.43 for third, which ranks sixth in Division I this season.
Mayhew won the 3,000m invitational with a time of 7:51.61, edging Bayer at the line, who clocked a time of 7:51.75. The two Hoosiers rank first and second in the Big Ten this season in the event and third and fourth nationally.
Ginther won the women's 3,000m invitational in 9:20.02, taking the Big Ten lead on the season and moving into 18th on the national list.
Sidney Clute took the win in the pole vault, and Sophie Gutermuth took second, both clearing 3.5m (12-11.5). The pair of Hoosiers are both now tied for fourth in the Big Ten this season.
Brie Roller ran a time of 1:33.72 for the win in the 600 meters, winning by more than two seconds. Kyla Buckley took the win in the shot put, recording a mark of 15.63m (51-3.5). She won by nearly two feet.
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