Track & Field

    Bragging Rights on the Line at the Border Battle

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    April 12, 2012

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    For the second time this season, the Hoosiers will compete in a score meet of a non-traditional variety. The Border Battle: "Kentuckiana" pits Indiana and Notre Dame against Louisville and Kentucky in a battle for interstate bragging rights. Louisville hosts the meet for the third straight season, and the Hoosierland looks to win for the second-straight year, after the Commonwealth of Kentucky took the inaugural meet in 2010.

    One of Indiana's more intriguing entries in the meet is Kind Butler in the 400 meters. Fresh off an Olympic Trials "A" qualifier in the 200 last week, Butler will run the 400 meters. Butler anchored the Hoosiers to the NCAA Championships during the indoor season in the 4x400, and he anchored IU to All-America honors at the meet. A year ago, he ran a time of 46.31 outdoors in the open 400, and he will look to get under that this weekend.

    On the women's side, the Hoosiers will have great competition in the throws, as Louisville boasts Khadija Abdullah, Chinwe Okoro and Amashi-Ali Kendall, who all have seed marks of over 16 meters in the shot put. Adding in Monique Riddick and Kyla Buckley, the meet boasts an impressive five throwers with bests of over 52 feet. Kentucky's Jennifer Svoboda and IU's M.J. Doan are both seeded beyond 15 meters, meaning 70 percent of the 10-entry field is throwing 50 feet or further.

    Last weekend, IU competed at the Florida Relays and the Stanford Invitational.

    In Florida, Kind Butler was fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 20.43. In the 100, Butler ran a season best 10.40.Danny Stockberger clocked a time of 3:47.24 for second in the 1,500.

    The men's DMR of Robbie Nierman, Ryan Hindes, Danny Stockberger and Andy Weatherford took the Florida Relays title with a winning time of 9:51.02, beating McNeese State to the line by more than half a second.

    Derek Drouin took second in the men's high jump, clearing a season best 2.20m (7-2.5). The clearance ties him for the best mark in the Big Ten this season.

    IU's women's DMR took second in 11:24.09. Arianne Raby, Antonia Franklin, Ruth Christopher and Breanne Ehrman were more than 20 seconds better than the third-place team.

    The Hoosier women were also second in the 4x800m relay. Samantha Gwin, Christopher, Ashley Seymour and Jordan Gray clocked a time of 8:50.12, which was nine seconds better than third place.

    Kelsie Ahbe cleared 4.20m (13-9.25) to tie for the win, and took second after tiebreakers to unattached athlete Joanna Wright. Ahbe took the win among collegiates.

    At Stanford, Andy Bayer took sixth in 13:33.25, just missing the Olympic Trials A Standard of 13:33.00. His time is the second-fastest in IU history, passing three-time Olympian Jim Spivey. Andrew Poore was 19th in the race, clocking a time of 13:48.15. Poore moves into sixth on Indiana's all-time list.

    Kelsey Duerksen won her heat of the 5,000, finishing in 16:23.95. Zach Mayhew clocked a time of 13:54.94 for second in heat two of the men's 5,000.




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