Hoosiers finish strong in Border Battle
April 10, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Hoosiers posted 12 first-place finishes on the day in the first ever Border Battle: Kentuckiana. Among the victories, Sarah Pease broke her own school record in the 3,000m steeplechase. In the 1500m races the Hoosiers were victorious on both the men's and women's sides with Molly Beckwith and Andy Bayer.
Indiana and Notre Dame teamed up for Hoosierland against Louisville and Kentucky of The Commonwealth for the meet. On the men's side Commonwealth won 100-96. On the women's side they captured the victory as well 103-99.
Pease led the 3,000m steeplechase from the start and won in a school record time of 10:05.67. Pease broke her own school record, which she set at the NCAA Championships last year. Her time is ranked number two on the Division I list. Second-place in the race was Breanne Ehrman at 10:44.65.
In the women's 1500m run Beckwith led the whole way and crossed the line in a time of 4:20.17, edging out Rebecca Tracy of Notre Dame by .01. Her time is fourth on the all-time list for IU and ranks ninth among Division I runners this year. Chelsea Blanchard set a career best with her third-place finish at 4:28.84.
Bayer recorded another impressive time this week as he captured victory in the men's 1500m run. Bayer crossed the finish line in 3:41.87. His time is third on the NCAA Division I list. He now holds the 10th best time in school history in the event. Ben Hubers recorded a personal best in the event at 3:44.11.
After his victory in the 1500m, Bayer crossed the line first again in the 800m run at 1:50.70. Bayer came into the last 100m of the race in third-place and made a pass in the last 10 meters to win by .24.
The Hoosiers did very well in the hammer throw as they swept the top two spots. Redshirt freshman Patrick Onye took first with a heave of 56.48m. It was a career best of over four meters from his 52.32m throw at the Alabama Relays. Coming in second in the hammer was fellow redshirt freshman Daniel Novia with a throw of 54.74m.
In the women's shot put Faith Sherrill recorded a throw of 15.92m to win the event. Sherrill's heave was a career best by .46 meters and places her fifth on the all-time Hoosier list.
Sophomore Derek Drouin won the 110m hurdles in 14.45. It was a career best for Drouin and a .35 improvement on his time last week in the Alabama Relays. Drouin came back and also finished first in the high jump with a clearance of 2.20m.
Junior Lindsey Hartman finished first in the 800m run. Hartman led from the start and crossed the finish line at 2:09.38.
In the women's 100m dash sophomore Aireonna Bailey sprinted to victory in a time of 12.24.
The Hoosiers are back in action next weekend as they go to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Indiana State Quadrangular meet. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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