26 Hoosiers Looking to Punch NCAA Tickets
May 21, 2013
The 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships get underway this week with the Hoosiers headed to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C., on the campus of North Carolina A&T. The Hoosiers advanced 26 athletes to the meet, with a total of 28 entries. The current regional format has been good to Indiana, as 38 Hoosiers have made their way to the NCAA Championships since the format was put into place three years ago.
In 2012, 16 Hoosiers advanced through the regional to the national meet, including seven making the trip this weekend Andy Bayer, Kyla Buckley, Derek Drouin, Zach Mayhew, Emma Kimoto, Darius King and Chris Vaughn). The opening of the NCAA Championships also marks the start of Andy Bayer's defense of his 2012 NCAA 1,500m title. Eight of Indiana's entries are freshmen making their first appearance in NCAA competition.
LAST TIME OUT
Bayer defended his 1,500m title, leading from wire-to-wire for a 1.15 second win, clocking a time of 3:44.24. Bayer's win is Indiana's 14th in the event. He then won the 5,000m title two hours later, outkicking Reed Connor of Wisconsin for the win in 13:54.90. Bayer becomes the third Big Ten athlete to ever win the 1,500/5,000 double, joining former Hoosiers Bob Kennedy (90, 91, 92) and Jim Spivey (81, 82).
Kimoto won the high jump, winning IU's fourth title in the event. She cleared 1.77m (5-9.75) for the win on a cold and windy day. She was the only jumper to clear 5-9.75 and won by 1.25 inches.
Drouin cleared 2.24m (7-4.25) to win the seventh Big Ten high jump title of his career and his fourth outdoors. Having clinched the victory in the event, Drouin called it a day. Drouin is Indiana's 14th seven-time Big Ten Champion, and is IU's first ever seven-time champion in a single event. His title is IU's 31st all-time in the high jump, and the 15th outdoors. Drouin scored 10 points for the Hoosier cause.
Indiana was second and third in the men's 3,000m steeplechase, as Robby Nierman and Josh Roche finished in 8:53.71 and 8:53.80 respectively. The times are season bests for both Hoosiers. IU got 14 points in the race.
Bayer was joined in the scoring column in the 5,000m by Zach Mayhew, who took third in 14:09.15. He also took second in the 10,000m on Friday night, bringing his points scored total to 14 in the meet.
Sydney Clute took third in the pole vault, clearing 4.02m (13-2.25) for the first Big Ten medal of her career. The freshman cleared 4.02m on her first attempt to break a tie with Michigan State's Sarah Birkmeier.
Courtney Woodard finished the heptathlon with 5,150 points for fourth place, the best Big Ten finish of her career. Woodard ran a PR 2:23.51, bettering her previous career best by more than a second, to take second in the event and move up the overall standings into fourth.
Kyla Buckley took fourth in the shot put, throwing 16.38m (53-9). She threw 14.85m (48-8.75) in the prelims and entered the finals in seventh place. Buckley scored five points for the women.
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. At the Big Ten Championships, Bayer led from the opening gun and ran out to a 1.15 second win. He came back two hours later to take the Big Ten 5,000m title as well, becoming only the third athlete ever to complete that double, joining two other Hoosier legends, Bob Kennedy and Jim Spivey. Bayer, Kennedy and Spivey are also the only Hoosiers to win consecutive 1,500m Big Ten titles. Bayer finishes his career with six Big Ten titles, one of 22 Hoosiers all-time to win six or more conference crowns.
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. At Big Tens, he took second in the 10,000m and third in the 5,000m, scoring 14 points for the Hoosiers.
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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.
At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Drouin cleared 2.24m (7-4.25) to win the seventh Big Ten high jump title of his career and his fourth outdoors. Having clinched the victory in the event, Drouin called it a day. He is Indiana's 14th seven-time Big Ten Champion, and is IU's first ever seven-time champion in a single event.
Drouin isn't just a high jumper. He took third at Big Tens indoors in the heptathlon and enters the weekend ranked 15th in the East in the 110m hurdles (13.87). He appeared well on his way to the hurdles finals at Big Tens, leading his preliminary by nearly a full hurdle, but he hit the last three hurdles and was fourth in his heat missing the final.
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 eighth in Division I this season. She followed that up with a win over a pair of Olympians at the Florida Relays. She enters the weekend seeded second in the East Region.
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 (5-10.5) 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. She continued her streak of good championship jumping, winning the Big Ten outdoor title, clearing 1.77m (5-9.75) in cold and windy conditions.
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