Indiana Open First Up for the Hoosiers
Jan. 5, 2010
The 2010 track and field campaign begins on January 9 for Indiana, as the Hoosiers will host the Indiana Open in Gladstein Fieldhouse. The open is the first of four straight home meets for IU, and the Hoosiers will host five indoor meets in 2010. The meet saw the Hoosiers post three provisional qualifications in 2009. Indiana returns eight All-Americans from the 2008-09 campaign, including seven from the indoor season.
Sophomore Derek Drouin will look to improve on a second-place finish in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009. Senior Jeff Coover redshirted during the outdoor season in 2009 and will look to get back into the game after he finished fourth in the pole vault indoors. Junior Vera Neuenswander will redshirt during the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons after a sixth-place finish indoors and a second-place finish outdoors. Also earning All-America honors for the Hoosiers in 2009 were senior Wendi Robinson (XC), junior Sarah Pease (outdoor) and a distance medley relay group of returnees Ben Hubers, De'Sean Turner and Evan Bardach (indoor).
Seniors Molly Beckwith and Ashley Rhoades will both look to earn All-America honors after advancing to NCAAs in 2009. Beckwith has made the trip to NCAAs during the indoor and outdoor seasons the past two years.
2009 INDOOR SEASON
Senior Jeff Coover took fourth place in the pole vault and the distance medley relay team was seventh. Coover is an All-American for the second time in his career. He took seventh at the 2008 outdoor championships. Coover was also named the 2009 Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year earlier in the week.
Junior Vera Neuenswander joined Drouin as an All-American as she finished sixth in the pole vault. Neuenswander is the first ever All-American in the pole vault for the IU women's program, and the first indoor All-American in any event since Ara Towns in 2004. She cleared 4.15m (13-7.25), which put her in a tie for sixth.
The distance medley relay team of graduating senior John Gunnell, junior Evan Bardach and sophomores De'Sean Turner and Ben Hubers took second in the first heat of the relay. Their time was good for seventh place in the two-heat final, garnering the IU quartet All-America honors.
BACK IN CRIMSON
Faith Sherrill redshirted during indoor and outdoor last season after a breakout campaign in 2008. Sherill will look to pick up where she left off, as she advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2008.
Indiana's distance corps on the men's side took a hit in 2009, as six of the IU runners redshirted at least one season. Highlighting that group were redshirt freshmen Andy Bayer, Zach Mayhew and Nate Morrow and redshirt sophomores Andy Weatherford, Ben Hubers and Cole Hardacre. Bayer redshirted the indoor campaign and the three sophomores redshirted outdoors. The group helped lead Indiana to a successful cross country season that saw them enter the national rankings.
After an indoor campaign where he earned All-America honors and a Big Ten pole vault crown, Jeff Coover sat out the outdoor season to train. Coover finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009.
IU's best threat in the 400 to 600m races sat out the 2009 campaign to get stronger as well. Senior Martin Stephen II will return in 2010 after doing heavier mileage training this summer and fall. Stephen will look to bolster an improved sprints group for the Hoosiers this season.
The 2010 roster features six Canadian-born athletes. The Canucks are led by returning All-Americans Derek Drouin and Ben Hubers as well as redshirt freshman Daniel Novia. New to the IU squad are freshmen Shona Dunkley, Arianne Raby and Emma Kimoto.
Drouin, the pride of Corunna, Ontario, took second at the NCAA Indoor meet, won the Big Ten outdoor meet and the NCAA regional. He also posted wins at the Drake Relays and the Junior Pan-Am games. His clearance of 2.27m (7-5.25) at the Pan-Am games is the IU outdoor record.
Hubers, who was born in Canada before his family moved to Georgia, earned All-America honors as a member of the IU distance medley relay team. Hubers ran the 3,200m leg on the seventh-place team at NCAAs. The Hoosiers advanced in the DMR because of an automatic qualifying time of 9:31.81 at the Alex Wilson Invite. The time is the second-fastest in school history.
Novia redshirted in 2009. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished second at the Canadian Jr. Championships in the shot put.
Dunkley, from Pickering, Ontario, was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 Canadian Jr. Championships. Kimoto was the high jump champion in British Columbia and finished fifth at the 2009 junior nationals.
Raby, from Repentigny, Quebec, was a provincial medalist in cross country and has placed as high as second in the 800m at the Francophone Games. Raby ran cross country for IU this fall and was in the top seven at the NCAA Championships for the Hoosiers.
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