Big Time Track & Field in B-Town at the Gladstein Invitational
Jan. 19, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
Highlighting the meet will be invitational sections, which will be showcased from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Friday and from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. These invitational sections produced some of the fastest times in the nation and the world a year ago and should be equally if not more impressive in 2011.
LAST TIME OUT
Butler blazed to a time of 6.72 to tie the IU record in the 60-meters. Butler followed that up with the win in the 200m, finishing in 21.58. The Hoosiers went 1-2-3 in the 200m as Devin Pipkin was second in 22.06 and Tyler Sult was third in 22.34. In the women's 60m, Aireonna Bailey took the win with a time of 7.73, good for seventh in IU lore. Bailey also took the 200m with a time of 25.13.
Sherrill moved up to 11th on the national list in the weight throw, winning with a heave of 19.16m (62-10.5). Kristen Crawford was second with a throw of 18.27m (59-11.25). The men's weight throw went to Patrick Onye,.
Derek Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.25m (7-4.5). Drouin also took the win the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.02 seconds, which is the third-fastest in school history.
Andy Bayer took the win in the mile, dominating the field for a win by over eight seconds. The women's mile saw Indiana go 1-2-3 with Chelsea Blanchard, Samantha Ginther and Sarah Pease. Blanchard clocked a time of 4:48.92.
Indiana took both 400m races, with Chris Vaughn winning the men's race in 49.65 and the women taking the top three spots. Clarke won in 56.96. The 800m races went the Hoosiers' way as Arianne Raby, Kelsey Duerksen and Breanne Ehrman went 1-2-3, and Ben Hubers won the men's race in 1:54.69.
FAITH TURNS 18
Coming into the Indiana Open, Sherrill held the IU record in the shot put at 16.80m. With her first throw, she took the record books to a different level. Her heave of 18.00m (59-0.75) broke the Big Ten record by two feet and 6.5 inches, her school record by three feet 11.25 inches, the Gladstein Fieldhouse record by 3.5 inches and bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard by three feet 7.25 inches. In the young season, she is the only Div. I thrower to surpass 17 meters, let alone 18. Perhaps putting Sherrill's throw in perspective, it is the 10th-best collegiate throw all-time and the eighth-best collegiate throw ever by an American.
Against Purdue, Sherrill broke the Lambert Fieldhouse record in the shot put with a heave of 17.92m (58-9.5), a week after breaking the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. She bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard for the second straight meet, still the only Big Ten thrower to do so. The throw is the second best in the world this season, behind her own throw from the Indiana Open. Just her second-best throw of the season, it is still 1-6.5 better than the second-best mark on the national list and 6-6.25 better than the second-best mark in the Big Ten.
This season, Sherrill has competed in two meets and garnered Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for both efforts. She has won the award four times in her career.
ONE SMALL HOP FOR DROUIN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR... ANYONE ELSE
Drouin cleared 2.27m (7-5.25) in the high jump which ties him for the national lead in the high jump. He bettered the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 2.24m. Drouin finished out with three solid attempts at 2.30m, which is the Big Ten record as well as a qualifying height for the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Against Purdue, Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.25m (7-4.5). He was 5.5 inches better than the rest of the field he bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard for the second-straight meet. Drouin also took the win the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.02 seconds, which is the third-fastest in school history.
VERA VERY HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE GAME
Neuenswander will compete alongside sophomore Kelsie Ahbe for the first time at the Indiana Open. Ahbe had a breakout freshman campaign in 2010, advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the IAAF Jr. World Championships. Neuenswander, Ahbe and senior Stephanie Chin have all advanced to an NCAA Championship meet, and will look to dominate the Big Ten this season, and hopefully advance more than one woman to a single NCAA meet in the pole vault for the first time in school history. Indiana is the only program in Div. I with three NCAA qualifiers in the women's pole vault returning for the 2011 season.
Neuenswander cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) at Purdue. That clearance ranks sixth on the national list and first in the Big Ten. Ahbe cleared 4.00m (13-1.5) at Purdue, becoming the third Hoosier all-time to clear 13 feet indoors. She ranks 14th nationally.
NOT KIND TO COMPETITORS
This season, Butler has shown that he enjoyed the Big Ten medals, but wouldn't mind getting more, and this time in gold. Butler blazed to a time of 6.72 to tie the IU record in the 60-meters at Purdue. He out-dashed defending Big Ten 60m champion Shane Crawford in the process. Butler's time is tied for the 11th-best on the Division I descending order list this season and leads the Big Ten.
Butler followed that up with the win in the 200m, finishing in 21.58 which converts to 21.18 (flat track), to move himself into a tie for eighth on the national list.
MILE GETS MAULED BY A BAYER
Bayer started 2011 off pretty strong as well. At Purdue, Bayer took the win in the mile, dominating the field for a win by over eight seconds. His time of 4:01.51 converts to 3:59.71 and is the second fastest in the country and the fastest in the Big Ten this season.
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