Gladstein Invitational A Success for the Hoosiers
Jan. 22, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana finished the Gladstein Invitational in the national spotlight. Indiana produced times and marks that rank among the best in the country and the world this season and finished the meet with wins in 19 events. Day two of the meet was highlighted by Kind Butler winning a pair of events and Derek Drouin winning in dominating fashion in the heptathlon.
Butler won the 60 meters in 6.82 seconds to remain unbeaten on the season. In five races (two prelims and three finals), Butler has yet to cross the line after a competitor. Senior Devin Pipkin took second in the 60, finishing in 6.84. Butler also won the 200m invitational in 21.30, good for fifth all-time at IU. He I also undefeated in the 200 this season, making him 7-0 in open races on the year.
Drouin won the heptathlon with a score of 5,315, a 304 point improvement on his career best, the third best score in the NCAA and the 10th-best score in the world this season.
Much like the shot put on Friday night, the women's weight throw featured many of the best throwers in the nation and the world. At the meet's conclusion, the top four finishers are all ranked among the world's top 20 this season. That includes Indiana's Faith Sherrill, who took fourth with a season best heave of 19.52m (64-0.5), which ranks 15th nationally and 19th in the world. Winner Gwen Berry of Southern Illinois improved to the national lead and second in the world with a heave of 22.71m (74-6.25).
Indiana won several other events on the day. Ashley Baker won the 600m invitational in 1:33.72. Aireonna Bailey won the women's 200m invitational in 24.58, the eighth-fastest time in IU history. Caitlin Engel won the 800m run in 2:14.88, and Samantha Gwin won the open 600 meters in 1:35.63. Ryan Hindes took the open 600m on the men's side in 1:22.08.
The Hoosiers won all four relay events in the meet. The men's 4x400m relay saw Pipkin win with a nice kick in the last 100 to lead the Hoosiers to a time of 3:19.06. Ann-Marie Clarke anchored the Hoosiers to a 3.47 second win in the women's 4x400, in 3:44.23.
Danny Stockberger anchored IU to a time of 7:42.33 in the 4x800m relay, and the women won by 23.16 seconds in the 4x800, with a Sarah Pease bringing it across the finish.
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