It is Last Chance weekend, and several Hoosiers will take one final shot at getting into the NCAA Championships. Most of the Hoosiers competing this weekend will do so at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational. IU high jumpers Darius King and Emma Kimoto will jump at the Arkansas Qualifier in Fayetteville, site of next week's NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Alex Wilson Invite produces NCAA Qualifiers in the DMR every year, and this year should be no different. Two of the top 10 times on the IU men's list and three of the top 10 on the women's list in the distance medley relay have been run at the meet, so IU will be looking to replicate previous success at the meet. Scott Houston heads to the meet in the pole vault, having cleared his career best in the building earlier this season at the Meyo Invitational. Houston will look to clear 5.42m (17-9.25) to get himself qualified.
In Arkansas, Kimoto will look to improve her season mark by three or four centimeters to get into the national meet, and King will look to clear 2.23m (7-3.75).
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana track and field finished the Big Ten indoor championships with five champions, including three on the meet's final day. Derek Drouin won the men's high jump, Emma Kimoto won the women's high jump and Zach Mayhew took the men's 5,000, and the three joined day one champions Kyla Buckley (shot put) and Scott Houston (pole vault). The Indiana men finished sixth with 72 points, while the women were 10th with 33 points.
Drouin jumped 2.26m (7-5) for the high jump title. Drouin did not miss a bar in the competition until all competitors had finished, and only missed once at 2.34m (7-8) before calling it a day. Before the high jump began, Drouin finished third in the heptathlon, after jumping to a new all-time world best in the heptathlon high jump on the first day. Drouin finished with 5,817 points, crushing the Indiana all-time record by 378 points.
Kimoto cleared 1.80m (5-10.75) to win the high jump, moving herself to third on the all-time IU list. Kimoto was the only jumper to clear 5-10.75, doing so on her second attempt. She did not have a miss on the three bars she jumped prior to the championship height.
Mayhew won the 5,000 meters with a facility record time of 13:46.04, for his third Big Ten title, adding it to his outdoor 10K crown and cross country titles from the 2012 calendar year.
Buckley won the shot put with a mark of 16.90m (55-5.5). Buckley led throughout the finals, but Purdue's Dani Bunch passed her on the second to last throw of the competition, leaving Buckley with one chance to respond, and boy, did she.
Houston cleared 5.32m (17-5.5) for the win in the pole vault. Houston cleared 5.32m on his first attempt, putting pressure on Illinois Matthew Bane, who was unable to match him, leading to the win for IU.
Andy Bayer and Mayhew both finished in 7:51.97 to tie for second place in the 3,000. Bayer took second in the mile in 4:02.04, and both of the Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors in two events.