Runner-Up Finish in DMR Has Hoosiers in 11th At NCAAs
March 11, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Indiana men's track and field team opened action at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday with a pair of school records, a second-place finish in the distance medley relay and an All-America performance from Kind Butler in the 200 meters. IU also got two second-team All-America performances in the 5,000 meters. The Hoosiers scored nine points on the day and sit in 11th place heading into the final day of competition.
Bayer brought the baton home in an amazing 3:53.29 1,600m-split to clock a IU-record time of 9:29.65. Indiana finished just .27 seconds out of first, and Bayer outleaned Minnesota's Ben Blankenship by .05 seconds. The group earned All-America honors in the distance medley relay for the third straight year, posting the best placing in the event in school history. IU also got splits of 2:58.58 in the 1,200m-leg from Danny Stockberger, 47.78 in the 400m-leg from Chris Vaughn and 1:50.01 in the 800m-leg from Joe Holahan. The five Hoosiers are first team All-Americans. The certificate is the third of Bayer's career, second of Stockberger's and first for Vaughn and Holahan.
Butler narrowly got himself into the finals of the 200m dash, taking the eighth and final qualifying slot. His time of 20.99 got into the final, but it came with an injury. With the final just an hour and 25 minutes later, Butler still completed his race, limping to a time of 30.78 for eighth place, scoring a point for the Hoosiers and earning first team All-America honors. He is the third indoor All-American in the 200m, joining David Neville who earned certificates twice in the event. Butler is an All-American for the second time.
Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers took ninth and 10th in the 5,000 meters, both clocking times under the IU record. Poore finished in 13:37.03, which was less than a second out of sixth place and more than four seconds better than the IU record, which was previously held by Stephen Haas. Hubers also finished faster than the previous IU record, clocking a time of 13:40.73. The placing earn both Hoosiers second team All-America honors.
The Hoosiers return to action at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas on Saturday. In action will be Bayer, Poore and Hubers in the 3,000 meters, Derek Drouin in the high jump and Faith Sherrill and Monique Riddick in the women's shot put. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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