NCAA Hardware On the Line in Oregon
June 3, 2013
Eleven Hoosiers head to Eugene, Ore., this week to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The meet begins on Wed., June 5 and continues through Sat., June 8. The meet can be watched live on ESPN3 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with action being also shown live on ESPNU on Friday and Saturday.
Indiana's travel party includes defending NCAA 1,500m Champion Andy Bayer, Kyla Buckley, reigning NCAA Indoor High Jump Champion Derek Drouin, Scott Houston, Sophie Gutermuth, Emma Kimoto, Darius King, Zach Mayhew, Taja Moore, Robby Nierman and Josh Roche.The Indiana men will look to improve on an 11th place finish at the meet in 2012. The IU women, represented by a group of four after only qualifying two in 2012, will look to score points after getting shut out last season. Indiana has 25 NCAA Outdoor Champions in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
Bayer led his 1,500m heat from the start and took second in the first heat in 3:40.43. Bayer won the NCAA 1,500m title a year ago. Bayer's time is the second fastest of his career in a pacer-free race.
Buckley punched her ticket with a 16.00m (52-6) on her first throw in the shot put, which held up for eighth place. Buckley returns to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she took ninth in 2012.
Drouin cleared three bars without a miss to advance in the high jump with a mark of 2.17m (7-1.5), one of only seven to clear 2.17m and one of only three jumpers with a clean score sheet. King cleared 2.14m (7-0.25) to tie for 11th, taking his spot in the national meet.
Gutermuth cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) on her third attempt in the pole vault, one of 10 to clear the height in the competition. She became Indiana's fifth 13-foot pole vaulter all-time and moves to number four in the IU records book.
Kimoto cleared 1.81m (5-11.25) in the high jump, one of 12 jumpers to clear the bar. She earns a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second-straight year. The senior cleared the bar on her third attempt, matching her qualifying performance from 2012.
Roche took third in his heat of the 3,000m steeplechase to automatically qualify for the NCAA meet. The redshirt freshman finished in 8:47.44, which ranks 10th in IU history. Nierman ran 8:46.95 for fifth in the first heat, and his time was one of the top-three times for non-automatic qualifiers. His time ranks ninth in IU history.
Moore threw the discus 54.16m (177-8) for second place. She had a PR on her fourth throw, sending the disc 53.46m (175-5), and then bettered it with the 54.16m throw on her fifth throw. Moore added 4' 4" to her career best on the day.
Houston cleared 5.25m (17-2.75) to punch his ticket in the pole vault. He finished fifth after tiebreakers, but competition was halted when a top 12 was decided. Houston entered the meet with a season best of 5.06m (16-7.25) and was seeded 36th entering the meet. His mark ranks ninth in the illustrious history that is Indiana pole vaulting.
Mayhew kicked past five competitors in the final 800 meters, including three in the last 200 to take ninth place in 30:10.05 in the men's 10,000m. The race was contested in an absolute downpour, leading to a slow pace and a fast finish. Mayhew heads to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10k for the second-straight year.
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 over six sub-four milers. 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.
At the East Prelims, Bayer led from the start and took second in his quarterfinal heat in 3:40.43, leading the top 10 finishers in his heat to times faster than the winner of the other heat. Bayer's time is the second fastest of his career in a pacer-free race with only collegiate runners.
Nicknamed "Ted" by his teammates because he was one of four Andrews on the distance crew upon his arrival, the "Teddy" Bayer moniker stuck.
Bayer returns to Eugene for the fourth time in his career. He ran to fourth in the 1,500m at the Olympic Trials a year ago, took second in the 1,500m at the 2009 Pepsi Team Invitational, helping IU take the team victory, and took sixth in the 1,500m at the 2009 U.S. Junior Championships.
MAYHEW READY FOR NCAA MAYHEM
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. He punched his ticket to Eugene with a ninth place finish at the East Preliminary Round.
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Drouin has competed head-to-head with Kynard 13 times, dating back to the 2009 Pan-American Junior Championships. In those 13 meetings, Drouin has won seven times, including two out of three in 2013, but Kynard came out on top when the rivals met on Saturday at the Pre Classic.
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. Olympic medalists last returned to college in the high jump in 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.
At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Drouin won the seventh Big Ten high jump title of his career and his fourth outdoors. He is Indiana's 14th seven-time Big Ten Champion, and is IU's first ever seven-time champion in a single event.
At the Prefontaine Classic, Drouin and Kynard both cleared 2.36m (7-8.75), with Kynard bettering Drouin on misses. The two are tied for second in thew orld this season. Drouin's clearance is an all-time Canadian national record.
Drouin returns to Hayward Field for the first time since winning the NCAA Outdoor High Jump crown in 2010, his only outdoor crown. His only other trip to Eugene was for the 2009 Pepsi Team Invitational, where the Hoosiers took the victory, winning by six over the host Ducks with 200 points. A freshman, Drouin scored 12 points in the meet, but took second in the high jump to NCAA Champion Scott Sellers, of you guessed it, Kansas State.
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 me et, 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. Buckley's first throw at the East Prelims traveled 16.00m (52-6) and was good enough to get her into the NCAA Championships.
KIMOTO CLEARS THE BAR
Kimoto emerged at the East regional a year ago, clearing 1.81m (5-11.25) on her third attempt 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.
It was deja vu for Kimoto, as it took another third-attempt clearance at 1.81m (5-11.25) to get through the NCAA East Prelims.
MOORE IS BETTER
Moore threw the discus 54.16m (177-8) for second place. She had a PR on her fourth throw, sending the disc 53.46m (175-5), and then bettered it with the 54.16m throw on her fifth throw. She ranks second in IU history, behind only IU Hall of Famer Katrin Koch. Moore added 4' 4" to her career best on the day. Her throw was third-best among all throwers between the two regional sites. Moore will look to earn All-America honors in the discus, something that hasn't been done since 1992, when Katrin Koch took third in the discus and won the shot put title.
GUTERMUTH HEADED BACK TO OREGON
Gutermuth cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) on her third attempt in the pole vault, one of 10 to clear the height in the competition. The redshirt freshman became Indiana's fifth 13-foot pole vaulter all-time and moved to number four in the IU records book. Gutermuth returns to the state of Oregon, where she was a state runner-up for Bend H.S. before moving to Leo, Indiana for her senior year. She holds the Bend H.S. record in the pole vault.
HOUSTON HAS LIFTOFF
Perhaps heading to a track within minutes of his home outside Greensboro was just what the doctor ordered. Houston advanced with first attempt clearances on the final four heights of the East Prelims. The graduate student, studying athletics Administration, cleared 5.25m (17-2.75) to punch his ticket. He finished fifth after tiebreakers, but competition was halted when a top 12 was decided. His mark ranks ninth in the illustrious history that is Indiana pole vaulting.
For comparison sake, Indiana's three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Champion in the steeplechase, De'Sean Turner clocked a time of 8:56.77 in his freshman campaign. Roche also already has his first Big Ten medal in the event, having taken third at the Big Ten meet.
Indiana has advanced multiple runners to the NCAA meet in the men's steeplechase for the third straight year, and has at least one men's steepler for the fourth-straight season. Multiple Hoosiers have made the NCAA final in the steeplechase the past two years as well, something that bodes well for Roche and Nierman.
ROBBY RUNS OUT OF THE REGIONAL
Nierman ran 8:46.95 for fifth in his heat at the East Prelims, and his time was one of the top-three times for non-automatic qualifiers. His time ranks ninth in IU history. A redshirt junior from Carroll H.S. in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Nierman spent his true freshman campaign at Miami University before transferring to the Hoosiers. Nierman will be joined by redshirt freshman Josh Roche at the NCAA meet.
Indiana has advanced multiple runners to the NCAA meet in the men's steeplechase for the third straight year, and has at least one men's steepler for the fourth-straight season. Multiple Hoosiers have made the NCAA final in the steeplechase the past two years as well, something that bodes well for Nierman and Roche.
KING'S COURT IS BACK IN SESSION
King cleared 2.14m (7-0.25) to tie for 11th at the East Prelims, taking his spot in the national meet. Coming out of Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, Ga., King got a late start in high jumping, having got recruited by the school's track coach after dunking during warmups for the school's basketball team.
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