Hoosiers Look to Run Boilers Off the Track (Video Included)
Jan. 13, 2010
For the first time since 2004, the Indiana and Purdue track and field programs will meet head to head in a dual meet. The meet is set for a 2 p.m. ET start on Jan. 16 at Gladstein Fieldhouse. It marks the renewal of the series, which will alternate between the two Indiana campuses.
The meet will feature the old dual meet scoring system, in which first place earns five points, second merits three and third gets one. In relays, only the winner scores and teams can score up to the full nine points per event.
The meet will feature the Big Ten's two best men's high jumpers on the season in Derek Drouin and Adetayo Adesanya as well as the conference's two best females in the shot put, Faith Sherrill and Stacey Wannemacher. The Boilers boast the conference's top spot in the men's 60m (Shane Crawford), 60m hurdles (Josh Hembrough), the men's and women's long jump (Rashad Cannon and Leah Eber) and the women's triple jump (Nkeiru Ugwoaba). Nine Hoosiers currently sit atop the conference list for the 2010 indoor season.
IUHoosiers.com will be host to live results, and Flotrack.org will be on hand to provide video coverage.
LAST TIME OUT
IU won 17 events on the day, and Hoosiers posted five NCAA qualifications on the day.
Drouin cleared 2.24m (7-4.25), a height that is just a centimeter off the IU record. The jump is an automatic qualifying mark and is the best on U.S. soil this indoor season.
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.70m (54-9.5), obliterating her career mark of 15.05m in 2008. After redshirting last year, Sherrill moves from seventh in the IU records to 37 centimeters better than the previous IU record.
Coover cleared 5.36m (17-7) for his NCAA-leading performance. He sits just nine centimeters from his career best from last season. His mark is the first provisional qualification in Division I this season.
Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:06.78, nearly nine seconds ahead of the field. Her time was the first provisional in Division I this season and leads the country.
BIG TEN HONORS TWO
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with the performance of the two honorees this weekend and the commitment they have made to improving.
"With both Derek and Faith, the effort put into offseason preparation is paying off," Helmer said, "which is evidenced by the quality of marks that they were able to record on Saturday."
The height is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and was 8.5 inches better than the next best competitor in the event. Drouin completed the day by posting a career best in the long jump, claiming third in the event with a leap of 7.08 meters (23-2.75), bettering his previous best by 60 centimeters (1-11.5).
For his efforts at the Indiana Open, the Big Ten conference named him Big Ten Field Athlete of the week. The award marks the first weekly laurel for Drouin's career and is the first accolade for an Indiana men's field athlete since senior Jeff Coover won the award two weeks in a row last season.
GOT TO HAVE FAITH, AT NCAAS
The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native also posted a career best in the weight throw, adding nearly four feet to her previous high with a heave of 18.34m (60-2). The toss moves her from sixth to fourth in the IU records. She is now within two inches of leading the Big Ten in the weight throw as well.
The Big Ten conference honored Sherrill's performance at the Indiana Open with Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. This is the first weekly award for Sherrill. Tiffany Howard was the last Hoosier to win a field accolade as she won the award on January 12 last season.
COOV JUMPS SMOOV
BECKWITH IS BEST
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 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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