The 2013 outdoor track and field season starts at the Alabama Relays for the Indiana Hoosiers. The team heads to Tuscaloosa for the first time since 2010 season. The Hoosiers won seven events at the meet in 2010, and they'll look to find similar success in 2013. The meet begins on Fri., March 22 and concludes on Sat., March 23. Action begins at 2 p.m. on day one and gets underway at 11 a.m. on day two. The meet will feature athletes from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, South Florida, Southern Miss and Tulane.
Several Hoosiers will make their 2013 track debut in cream and crimson this weekend, including All-Big Ten and All-America sprinter Chris Vaughn and All-Big Ten middle distance runner Jordan Gray, who both have one year of outdoor eligibility remaining, as well as transfers Molly Hirt and Matt Birk. Hirt holds outdoor eligibility, and Birk is a javelin thrower.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana added eight new All-Americans at the NCAA Indoor Championships, including an NCAA title from Derek Drouin in the high jump. The Indiana men tied for ninth place with 19 points, the fourth-straight top 10 finish indoors for the program.
Drouin became the first ever three-time NCAA indoor high jump champion, clearing 2.35m (7-8.5) to set a new Canadian indoor record and tie the all-time record for his home country. The jump is the second-best ever by a collegiate, is the best by a collegiate since 1990 and is just two centimeters off the collegiate record held by Hollis Conway. He joins Bayer, who on day one of the meet became IU's first ever four-time All-American in a single event, taking fourth on IU's distance medley relay. Indiana has now had a top-two finisher in the high jump in five consecutive seasons
Bayer's anchor leg on the DMR was 1.87 seconds faster than any other team's, but the deficit was a bit too much to make up as IU finished fourth in 9:34.30, the ninth-best time in IU history. Bayer ran the 1,600m leg in 3:58.86, the only sub-four split out of the 12 teams in the race. Indiana has now posted an All-America finish in the distance medley relay in five straight seasons, and Bayer has anchored the last four, becoming Indiana's first four-time indoor All-American in any single event, a feat that he and Drouin matched on the meet's second day. The Hoosiers finished just .30 out of second place and .09 out of third. The Hoosiers got a 2:57.02 split from Rorey Hunter on the leadoff leg, a 48.03 400m split from Nathan Pierre-Louis and a collision in the exchange zone slowed Lance Roller to 1:50.41 on the 800m leg. Bayer got the baton in ninth place.
Bayer took sixth in the 3,000m with a time of 7:51.51, taking All-America honors for the fourth time in the event. Zach Mayhew finished in 7:55.14 for eighth, finishing just .06 out of seventh. Mayhew garners first team All-America honors for the first time in his career on the track, matching his performance in cross country this fall.
Kyla Buckley competed in the women's shot put and recorded three fouls to finish without a mark. She garners honorable mention All-America honors as one of the top 16 in the country.