Track & Field

    Hoosiers Host Hayes Invite to Close Regular Season

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Jordan Gray
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Jordan Gray
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    May 2, 2012

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    Annually the Billy Hayes Invitational represents the end of the regular season for Indiana Track and Field. The meet is also the final home meet in the careers of IU's senior student-athletes. The meet is the final tune up for the Hoosiers before the Big Ten Championships on May 11-13. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. ET with field-event competition and running events begin at 3 p.m.

    A few IU seniors to watch in their final home meet this weekend include Kind Butler in the 100, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay, Andy Weatherford and Ben Hubers in the 1,500, Monique Riddick in the shot put and hammer throw, and Rex Parker and Olumide Olamigoke in the long jump and triple jump.

    Three current Hoosiers and two IU alumni won watches at the 2012 Penn Relays. Zach Mayhew, Andrew Poore and Derek Drouin won individual crowns for IU, while Molly Beckwith and David Neville won titles in Olympic Development competition.

    Mayhew won the men's 5,000m by more than eight seconds, clocking a time of 13:53.94. With 600 meters to go, Mayhew dropped the field, putting eight seconds between himself and his closest competitor. Mayhew is IU's second Penn Relays champion in the event, joining Fred Wilt who won in 1941. Mayhew's time is the 10th fastest in IU history.

    Poore took the win in the men's 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 8:43.52 to win by five seconds. Poore took the lead with three laps to go and steadily pulled away from second-place finisher Travis Mahoney of Temple. Poore is IU's first Penn Relays champion in the event since 1999, when current volunteer assistant coach and steeplechase coach Tom Chorny won. IU has now won four titles in the steeplechase, as Tom Deckard won back-to-back titles in 1937 and 1938. The four titles by Indiana are second to only Tennessee (6) and Abilene Christian (5).

    Drouin wins his second Penn Relays title in the high jump, as he won in 2010. The junior cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the win, the same height it took to win two years ago. Drouin wins Indiana's fourth Penn Relays title in the event, with his two being joined by Cal Boyd (1954) and John Lynn Miller (1908). Drouin and Montez Blair of Cornell each cleared 2.22m, with Drouin winning with fewer misses in the competition. An improvement of two centimeters on his season best, Drouin moves into a tie for seventh nationally on the season.

    Beckwith won the women's Olympic Development Mile in 4:36.71, which was 3.39 seconds better than the second-place runner. Beckwith took the lead with 300 meters to go and left the field in her dust.

    Neville ran 46.7 on the 400-meter leg of the USA vs. the World Distance Medley Relay. His USA Blue squad won in 9:19.31, bettering USA Red by .57. The win was part of a 6-0 sweep for the United States in the USA vs. the World events at this year's Penn Relays.




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