The Polytan Invitational marks the first home meet of the outdoor season for Indiana track and field. The Hoosiers will host the two day meet on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the home contest, four IU steeplechasers will run at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., on Friday.
Races of note this weekend at the Polytan Invitational include both 1,500s, where Kelsey Duerksen, Andy Bayer and Danny Stockberger will be looking to post times that place them among the nation's elite (those races are at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday), the men's 400m, where Kind Butler and Chris Vaughn will look to run elite times after both posting fast performances a week ago, and the men's 800m, where IU's Joe Holahan, Ryan Hindes and De'Sean Turner will take the track looking to move up the national ranking and earn a spot on IU's relays next week at Penn. In the field events, Friday puts Derek Drouin on high jump approach for the third time this season in his return from injury, and the women's throws provide Monique Riddick and Kyla Buckley with the opportunity to build on PR's from a week ago.
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The Border Battle: "Kentuckiana" provided plenty of drama, and it wasn't just because of a lightning delay. The Hoosierland (Indiana and Notre Dame) took the win over the Commonwealth (Louisville and Kentucky), with the men and women from Indiana prevailing. The men from the Hoosier state won 113-81 and the women won a dramatic finish 101.5-100.5. IU won 11 events in the meet.
Vaughn won the 200 in 21.03. Vaughn then anchored a relay team with Stoner, Sult, and Ryan Hindes to second in the 4x400m relay with a season best time of 3:11.41. Vaughn's split on the anchor was a blazing 45.7 seconds.
In the 800, Andy Bayer and Danny Stockberger were first and second in 1:49.17 and 1:49.31. In the women's race, Jordan Gray took second in 2:07.88.
In the 5,000, IU won the men's and women's race, with Helene DeLone finishing in 17:15.57 for the win in the women's race and Nate Morrow clocking a 14:41.54 to win the men's race.
Derek Drouin won the javelin with a heave of 54.35m (178-3), and Casey Smithwas second with a throw of 46.77m (153-5). Kelsie Ahbe cleared 3.96m (12-11.75) for the win in the pole vault.
Nolan Fife won the men's 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 9:03.39.