Big Ten Hardware Up for Grabs in Columbus
May 8, 2013
The Big Ten Outdoor Championships await the Hoosiers in Columbus, Ohio this weekend. The Hoosiers will lace them up with a Big Ten Championship trophy on the line on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 10-12. The meet will be broadcast on BTN via tape delay on May 19 at 1 p.m. ET. You can get live coverage via Twitter all weekend at @IUTrackXC.
Indiana returns three Big Ten champions from the 2012 outdoor season, as Derek Drouin (high jump), Andy Bayer (1,500m) and Zach Mayhew (10,000m) will all look to defend their crowns. The Hoosier men last won the Big Ten team title in 1991, and IU's women last won in 2001. Indiana enters the meet with two women favored to win their events, as Kyla Buckley (shot put) and Emma Kimoto (high jump) both rank near the top of the conference this season and won their respective events at the 2013 indoor championships.
LAST TIME OUT
King won the high jump, clearing 2.18m (7-1.75). He moves to fifth on the Big Ten list this season and is tied for 17th on the Division I list. His mark is above the "B" standard for the USA Track and Field Championships later this year in Des Moines, Iowa.
Clute cleared 4.07m (13-4.25) to win the women's pole vault. Her clearance ranks second in the Big Ten this season and fourth all-time in the IU record books. She is the fourth woman in IU history to clear 13 feet in the pole vault.
Strickland ran a time of 10.35 to take second in the men's 100m dash. His time ranks second in the Big Ten this season and is tied for fourth in IU history. It is the sixth fastest time in the world for an athlete under 20 years of age this season. Nick Turner was fourth in 10.50, moving to fourth on the Big Ten list this season.
Derek Drouin ran 13.87 for third in the 110m hurdles. His time ranks fifth in IU history and fifth in the Big Ten this season. His time ranks 15th in the NCAA East Region this season. Drouin also threw the javelin 55.16m (181-0) for second place.
Emma Kimoto cleared 1.76m (5-9.25) to win the women's high jump. Jordan Gray won the women's 800m in 2:07.60, Kelsey Duerksen took the invitational 1,500m in 4:21.04, and Vaughn won the men's 400m in 46.75 seconds. Lyndsey Wall won the women's 3,000m in 10:01.78, and the IU women's 4x400m relay won in 3:51.70.
BAYER GETS RID OF NCAA HEADACHES
Bayer won his 1,500m title by .01 seconds over BYU's Miles Batty, finally getting over the hump after finishing within a second of an NCAA title on five previous occasions.
Bayer followed up his first taste of NCAA gold with an incredible performance at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The only collegiate runner to advance to the final in the 1,500m, Bayer kicked down the final straightaway to a fourth-place finish, crossing the line just .56 seconds after Andrew Wheating in third and 1.49 seconds behind winner Leonel Manzano, who went on to take silver in London. He finished more than six seconds ahead of Batty, who took 10th, competing for Asics.
Bayer became Indiana's first four-time All-American in a single indoor event when he anchored the Hoosiers to fourth in the distance medley relay, and he duplicated the feat the next day, claiming his fourth All-America certificate in the 3,000m.
Bayer ranks 15th nationally in the 1,500m this season with his time of 3:41.52 at the Polytan Invitational and is eighth on the national list in the 5,000m with his 13:34.82 from the Stanford Invitational.
Nicknamed "Ted" by his teammates because he was one of four Andrews on the distance crew upon his arrival, the "Teddy" Bayer moniker stuck.
ZACH READY TO ATTACK THE TRACK
Mayhew's first big win came at the 2012 Penn Relays, where he took a dominant victory in the 5,000m. In May, he took the Big Ten 10,000m title in Madison. His win is the only in school history in the 10K, and he broke the McClimon Complex record in the process. His time at Big Tens earned him a spot at the NCAA East Prelims, where a 10th place finish earned him a trip to the NCAA Championships, which he turned into second team All-America honors.
In this, his senior campaign, Mayhew started off with a flurry. He won the Big Ten Cross Country title, IU's first in 20 years, and then took 13th at the NCAA Championships for the best finish by a Hoosier in 20 years.
At the indoor Big Ten meet, he raced to a tie for second with Andy Bayer in the 3,000 and took the win, outkicking Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed for the win the 5,000 meters. He advanced to NCAAs in the 3,000, where he ran 7:55.14 for eighth place, earning an NCAA team point on the track for the first time in his career.
Outdoors, Mayhew clocked a 13:41.95 in the 5,000 at the Stanford Invitational, which ranks 13th nationally this season and fifth all-time at Indiana.
KIMOTO CLEARS THE BAR
Kimoto emerged at the East regional a year ago, clearing 1.81m (5-11.25) to clinch a spot in the national meet, where she cleared 1.79m () for 13th place and second team All-America honors. In 2013, Kimoto took the Big Ten Indoor title, clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) for the win.
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Drouin has competed head-to-head with Kynard 12 times, dating back to the 2009 Pan-American Junior Championships. In those 12 meetings, Drouin has won seven times, including both meetings in 2013, but both jumpers have won three of the last six meetings.
They are the first Olympic medalists in a single event to return to college in that event since 1984, when Kirk Baptiste (Houston) and Thomas Jefferson (Kent State) returned after winning silver and bronze in the 200m. The last time two Olympic medalists returned as collegiates in the high jump was 1937.
Drouin was on top in 2011, having won the NCAA Indoor title with a clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75) to set a new indoor record in Canada and in the Big Ten. He was named National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, and then things went south. In the first meet of the outdoor campaign, he broke his foot, which kept him from jumping until January 2012, which makes his 2012 season even more miraculous.
Drouin won the Big Ten indoor meet with a clearance of 2.26m, but he also took third in the heptathlon with an IU record 5,817 points. A big chunk of his score came from a clearance of 2.30m (7-6.5) in the high jump, which is an all-time world best in the heptathlon high jump. Drouin's clearance also bettered the Big Ten meet record in the high jump, which he set himself two years earlier. For his efforts, Drouin garnered Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Big Ten Championships and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year accolades.
At the NCAA Indoor meet, Drouin cleared 2.35m (7-8.5) for the win, en route to National Field Athlete of the Year honors. He became the first ever three-time NCAA Indoor Champion in the high jump. Drouin backed up that performance with a win over Kynard at the Texas Relays and then jumped an outdoor IU and Big Ten record of 2.33m (7-7.75) for the win at Penn Relays. The 2.33m jump also broke the Penn Relays and Franklin Field records in the high jump. Drouin has three jumps of 2.30m (7-6.5) or higher this outdoor season, making him the only jumper in the world this outdoor season with three clearances above that height.
Drouin isn't just a high jumper. He took third at Big Tens indoors in the heptathlon and ranks fifth this outdoor season on the conference list in the 110m hurdles. Drouin scored a point for the Hoosiers last year with an eighth-place finish in the javelin.
BOMBS AWAY FOR BUCKLEY
A junior this season, Buckley threw four throws better than her lifetime best entering the Championships, and her best of the day, 16.98m (55-8.5), was good for ninth and second team All-America honors.
Buckley won the indoor Big Ten shot put crown with a heave of 16.90m (55-5.5), and advanced to the national meet, earning second team All-America honors. Outdoors, she started with a bang, winning the Texas Relays with a 17.28m (56-8.5) bomb that ranks seventh in Division I this season. She followed that up with a win over a pair of Olympians at the Florida Relays.
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