USTFCCCA Announces 15 All-America Honors for IU Men
March 12, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has announced the 2012 Indoor All-America honorees, and Indiana was awarded 15 first- and second-team certificates. The total of 15 awards is the second most nationally behind NCAA runner-up Arkansas. Indiana's men's team finished sixth at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships with 24 points, finishing just two points out of the top five and as the top team from the Big Ten. It marks the third-straight year that the Hoosiers have finished sixth at the NCAA indoor meet.
Highlighting IU's All-America contingent were Andrew Bayer and Kind Butler, who each earned a pair of first-team honors, joining only 16 others in the nation to pull in two first-team accolades. The Hoosiers got second-place finishes in the high jump, from Darius King, and the distance medley relay, from De'Sean Turner, Chris Vaughn, Danny Stockberger and Bayer.
IU head coach Ron Helmer said that the team's hard work paid off this year with a Big Ten title and great success at the national meet.
"To come back from a national meet and have every student-athlete that competed earn All-America honors is a pretty special thing," said Helmer. "We have had great success at the national level, which is evident with our third-straight sixth-place finish at the meet, and it is a great thing to see a group of men get rewarded for their hard work. We need to carry that success and this experience into the outdoor season."
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First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight or were a member of an eight-person final. Second-team honors were handed out to those who earned final classifications between ninth and 16th place. Others who participated earn honorable mention. USTFCCCA membership by a program is required to earn All-America awards.
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