May 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Hoosiers closed out the non-championship season with a bang, getting national-level performances out of several athletes despite a two-hour lightning delay. Junior Molly Beckwith posted perhaps the best mark of the night with the nation’s fastest time in the 800m. IU also got huge performances out of seniors Tiffany Howard, Paul Fearnow and Wil Glover, junior Vera Neuenswander and freshman Derek Drouin.
Beckwith won the 800-meters with a time of 2:02.51, which is the fastest in NCAA Division I this season. The time is also the third fastest by an American this year. Her mark is a new Billy Hayes track record, and it puts her second all-time in the IU record books. She betters the 2:09.80 regional standard as well as the 2:05.00 ‘A’ standard for the US. Outdoor Championships.
Howard posted an ‘A’ qualifying of her own in the shot put. Her winning heave of 16.51m (54-2) is nearly a foot better than the U.S. Outdoor Championship ‘A’ standard and more than 7 feet better than the regional standard. Howard moves into second in the Big Ten on the season and ninth in Division I, adding just under two feet to her season best heave. The mark is also the second-best in school history.
The high jump and pole vault events were moved indoors to Gladstein Fieldhouse due to the lightning. Drouin won the high jump, recording a career-best clearance of 2.15m (7-0.5). He bettered the 2.10m regional standard by nearly two inches to move into a tie for second on the Big Ten list this season. He also moves into sixth in the IU record books.
Neuenswander took second after tiebreakers to defending NCAA indoor champion Kylie Hutson of Indiana State. Her clearance of 4.20m (13-9.25) is a new facility for Gladstein. She and Hutson will share the record. The clearance puts her into a tie for the best mark on the Big Ten list. It is more than a foot better than the regional standard and matches the U.S. Championships ‘B’ standard. Her mark is also the second-best in the IU history.
Fearnow posted a career best heave of 62.09m (203-8). His mark is the Big Ten’s third best this season and is 17 feet and four inches better than the regional standard. The senior is now third on IU’s all-time list.
Glover took second in the 100m dash, posting his first regional time of the season. He finished in 10.53 seconds, just .01 shy of the race winner, Zye Boey of Eastern Illinois. The mark ties Glover’s career mark and is .02 faster than the regional standard.
Indiana was very close to two more regional marks in winning efforts. Sophomore Cedric Hudson
won the long jump with a leap of 7.30m(23-11.50), just 2.5 inches shy of the regional standard. His mark is the Big Ten’s second best this season.
In the women’s 4x400m relay, IU’s team of Beckwith, senior Audrey Smoot
, sophomore Lindsey Hartman
and freshman Ann-Marie Clarke won with a time of 3:42.17. The regional standard is 3:42.00, leaving the four Hoosiers just .17 shy of a regional berth. The time is fifth on the Big Ten list.
Indiana also got a regional qualification from freshman Andy Bayer
who posted a time of 3:44.97 in the 1,500 meters. His time is nearly three seconds faster than the regional standard and puts him third on the Big Ten list.
IU also got wins from freshman Olu Olamigoke
in the triple jump (14.80m (48-6.75)) and junior Ashley Rhoades
in the high jump (1.70m (5-7)).
IU returns to action on May 15, when competition commences at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.