The Hoosiers head to Boise, Idaho this weekend for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The meet will be contested at the Jacksons Indoor Track on Fri., March 9 and Sat., March 10. Indiana has 10 entries in the meet, all of whom are men, including Andy Bayer who is entered in three events, the mile, 3,000m and distance medley relay.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 9 from 7:30 p.m.-11:45 p.m. ET and March 10 from 8:00 p.m.-11:15 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (Noon-7:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-8 pm ET).
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana track and field had a stellar day at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame on Saturday. Danny Stockberger and the men's 4x400m relay each broke school records, and De'Sean Turner broke four minutes for the first time in his career in the mile.
In the 4x400m relay, the Hoosiers clocked a time of 3:07.84 to break the IU record by 1.75 seconds. The previous record was set in 2005 by a group that included two-time Olympic-medalist quarter miler David Neville. Indiana got four great carries on the relay, including a leadoff split of 47.2 from Chris Vaughn. Vaughn handed off to Nick Stoner, who clocked a career-best split of 47.7 before handing the baton to Ryan Hindes. Hindes ran a split of 48.0 to set up Kind Butler's anchor leg. Butler's blazing fast split of 44.7 brought home the record for the Hoosiers.
Turner ran 3:59.81, becoming the sixth IU runner and the sixth runner born in the state of Indiana to break the four-minute barrier. His time is the sixth-fastest indoor mile in IU lore.
Stockberger is the new IU indoor 800m record holder with a time of 1:49.05. He shattered the IU record by .53 seconds and ran 1.36 seconds faster than his previous career mark. He breaks a 24 year-old record set by Keith Allen in 1988.
Kyla Buckley had a big career best to win the shot put as well. 16.12m (52-10.75). The PR of three feet and five inches moves her to fifth all-time at IU.
Kelsey Duerksen ran a career-best time of 4:42.22 in the mile, moving into sixth on the IU all-time list.
ONE OF A KIND Kind Butler has stated his claim this season as one of the nation's premier sprinters. Butler took the Big Ten title in the 200 meters by .51 seconds and finished second in the 60 meters, before splitting a 45.0 anchor on Indiana's 4x400m relay to secure Indiana's Big Ten team title. A week later, Butler got IU's 4x400m relay into NCAAs by running an even faster anchor of 44.7. The senior from Indianapolis enters the national meet seeded sixth in the 200 and 20th in the 200.
At the SPIRE NCAA DI Invite, Butler made a statement knocking off the reigning NCAA champion in the 200 meters, Maurice Mitchell of Florida State, and doing it while running away. Butler's time of 20.85 was .34 seconds faster than Mitchell who took third in the race and was .17 faster than Horatio Williams of FSU, who was second in the 200 at NCAA Outdoors in 2011. He is within .04 of the IU record held by Olympic gold medalist David Neville.
In the 300, Butler finished in a school record 33.57 at the Hoosier Open. Butler bettered the previous record of 33.87 by IU legend and Olympian Albert Robinson. Butler's time is the second-fastest 300 in all of collegiate track this season.
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.
HOP, JUMP AND SKIP TO OLU
Olumide Olamigoke took second in the triple jump at Big Tens with a career best mark of 15.82m (51-11). He was in the lead before defending champion Troy Doris took the lead on his last jump. Olamigoke ranks eighth in IU history and is seeded 15th entering his first national championship meet. Coming into the meet seeded fourth, the senior's eight points went a long way in helping Indiana win the Big Ten indoor team title for the first time since 1992.
TEDDY IS READY TO RUN Andy Bayer completed a planned redshirt in the 2011 outdoor season after a historic indoor campaign. The junior trained at a high-level all spring and suffered a setback in May with a fracture in his foot. The road back has included an All-American finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, leading IU to a seventh-place finish, and NCAA Automatic qualifications in the 3,000 meters and the distance medley relay this season. Bayer will run the mile, 3,000 and anchor the distance medley this weekend.
This indoor season, Bayer has shown that he is back to full strength, running sub-eight in the 3,000m twice and 3:58 in the mile. He had a historic Big Ten meet, scoring 26 points with wins in the mile and 3,000 before running an indoor lifetime best for third in the 5,000. Bayer earned Track Athlete of the Big Ten Championships laurels. His 26 points were more than last-place Purdue scored as a team. Bayer was also named USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year.
Nicknamed "Ted" by his teammates because he was one of four Andrews on the distance crew upon his arrival, the "Teddy" Bayer, moniker stuck.
BEN RUNNING ... WELL Ben Hubers locked in his spot at NCAAs with an NCAA Automatic time in the 3,000 meters on day two at the Hoosier Hills. Hubers clocked a time of 7:52.02 to get under the NCAA Auto standard of 7:52.30. With the time, Hubers moved into third in IU history in the event. He joins teammate Andy Bayer as an automatic qualifier in the 3,000 meters.
Hubers doubled at the meet a year ago, running the 5K and 3K, finishing 10th and 12th respectively. Hubers qualified for the 5,000 this year with the nation's 14th-best time, but he will run fresh in the 3,000. Look for the senior to be a factor to score as the most of the rest of the field comes back from the mile, 5K and DMR.
At the Indiana Relays, Hubers narrowly missed out on breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile. His time of 4:00.78 is the second trip of his career under 4:01 without breaking four. Hubers scored 16 points at the Big Ten meet to help IU win its first team title since 1992. The senior was scored the third-most points on the team, taking third in the 3,000 and fourth in both the mile and 5,000.
DISTANCE MEDLEY MAYHEM
Indiana has posted All-America finishes in the distance medley relay the past three years, including a runner-up finish a year ago. With a full relay of returning All-Americans in the event, the Hoosiers should be a major factor in the event this year.
In 2009, the Hoosiers took seventh out of the slower of two heats at NCAAs with Ben Hubers running the anchor and De'Sean Turner leading off.
A year later, Turner was the only returning member on the relay as Andy Bayer anchored the Hoosiers to seventh in dramatic fashion. The 2010 relay saw Bayer get the baton knocked out of his hand by Oregon's Andrew Wheating as both runners looked to move to the lead simultaneously. Bayer picked up the baton and made up a 60 meter deficit to earn All-America honors.
Last year, Bayer returned with Danny Stockberger filling in for Turner during a redshirt season. Bayer ran a remarkable time of 3:53 on the anchor to move from 12th to 2nd in eight laps. After making up that ground, the Leo, Ind., native didn't quite have enough in the tank to track down BYU's Miles Batty.
This year should be a different story for the Hoosiers with De'Sean Turner (just ran his first career sub-4 mile a week ago), Stockberger (just ran a new IU record of 1:49.05 in the 800 last week) and Chris Vaughn returning from last year's relay. With three improved legs, Bayer should get the baton without a deficit to make up.
In 2012, the men's distance medley relay invitational was anticipated as the most exciting race on day one at the Hoosier Hills Invitational, and it did not disappoint, as Indiana's group of De'Sean Turner, Chris Vaughn, Daniel Stockberger and Andy Bayer ran the sixth-fastest time ever recorded indoors.
The Hoosier quartet combined for a world-leading time of 9:29.12. The time is tied for the sixth fastest on the all-time world indoor list, the third fastest all-time indoors by a group of Americans, and tied for fifth fastest in indoor collegiate history. Turner set the race up, splitting 2:54.3 on the leadoff 1,200m-long leg. He handed off to Vaughn who ran a split of 46.9 on the 400m leg and handed off to Stockberger, who went 800m in 1:51.0. Bayer brought the baton home in 3:56.9 on the 1,600m anchor leg.
4x4 GETS TRUCKIN'
The Indiana men's team didn't have a lot of intrigue on last chance weekend, as in most events, the Hoosiers went with the hand in front of them. One exception to that was in the 4x400m relay. Coming off the third-fastest time in school history to seal IU's Big Ten team title, the quartet of Chris Vaughn, Nick Stoner, Ryan Hindes and Kind Butler were going to take one last shot at the national meet.
The Hoosiers clocked a time of 3:07.84 at the Alex Wilson Invitational to break the IU record by 1.75 seconds. The time moved Indiana into 12th on the NCAA Division I list, taking the last spot in the NCAA Indoor Meet.
The previous IU record was set in 2005 by a group that included two-time Olympic-medalist quarter miler David Neville. Indiana got four great carries on the relay, including a leadoff split of 47.2 from Chris Vaughn. Vaughn handed off to Nick Stoner, who clocked a career-best split of 47.7 before handing the baton to Ryan Hindes. Hindes ran a split of 48.0 to set up Kind Butler's anchor leg. Butler's blazing fast split of 44.7 brought home the record for the Hoosiers.
The scary thing about IU's relay? This group of four has only run together twice now. Butler, also qualified in the 200, spent most of the season trying to get into NCAAs in the 60 and 200, and freshman Nick Stoner, a wide receiver on the Hoosiers football team, is still getting back into track shape. Stoner won three state titles in Indiana last year (100, 200 and 4x400).
REPLACING A CHAMPION WITH A KING
Coming into the indoor season, Ron Helmer was forced to admit that he wouldn't have his customary near-automatic 10-point cushion with Derek Drouin entered into the high jump. The five-time Big Ten champion and three-time NCAA Champion is redshirting this season as he comes back from a foot injury, suffered in March, 2011.
But Helmer was pleasantly surprised when sophomore Darius King, third at Big Tens a year ago, moved to the top of the Big Ten descending order list at the SPIRE NCAA D1 Invitational and then took the win at the Big Ten meet. The junior cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) on the first attempt at Big Tens to come from behind for the win over Purdue's Geoff Davis. King's mark is tied for 13th this season in Division I and ranks third in IU history.
King took the win in the high jump at the SPIRE NCAA DI Invite with a 1.5 inch improvement on his career mark. King cleared 2.18m (7-1.75) on his first attempt and was clean on his first five jumps of the meet before going out at 2.21m.
PERFORMING POORE-LY Andrew Poore has advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the third straight season. An All-American the past two seasons in the 3,000, Poore will focus on the 5K in 2012. A year ago, Poore finished ninth in the event, running the fastest time in meet history that didn't score any points.
His time of 13:37.03 in 2011 is an IU record and was the eight-best ever indoors by an America Collegiate. Poore enters the meet seeded 13th (13:47.05 from the Hoosier Open on 12/9/11), but he enters as one of the most experienced runners in the field.