Men's Track

    Hoosiers Face First Large Meet in Gladstein Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Devin Pipkin
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    Junior Devin Pipkin
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    Jan. 20, 2010

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    The Gladstein Invitational is the largest meet of the season to date for the Hoosiers. The two-day meet will feature combined events and invitational sections. Invitational races have been grouped together for the ease of spectators. The meet will feature 13 schools, 8 clubs or professional organizations, over 780 athletes and two Beijing Olympians (Hyleas Fountain and Mary Wineberg). Combined events will begin at noon ET on Friday, Jan. 22 and regular competition will start at 3:20 p.m. Saturday will see competition begin at 10 a.m. ET with combined events again starting things off and regular competition beginning at 11 a.m.

    This meet saw Hoosiers record two provisional qualifications, a school record and a facility record last season. Molly Beckwith ran what was then the fastest 600 meters ever for IU and Gladstein Fieldhouse. is host to live results, meet information and much more.

    Indiana dominated from start to finish, beating Purdue on Saturday. The men's team, lead by NCAA provisional qualifying performances from sophomores Derek Drouin and Olumide Olamigoke and senior Jeff Coover, won by a 96-40 score. The women were just as dominant, winning 93-43 behind NCAA leading marks from senior Ashley Rhoades and junior Faith Sherrill. Hoosiers won all but eight of the 30 events on the day.

    Rhoades moved to within one centimeter of the NCAA automatic qualifying mark with her school-record performance in the high jump. Her clearance of 1.84m (6-0.5) made her the first female to ever clear six-feet for IU. She improved her career marks by two inches and breaks a Hoosier record that stood for 13 years.

    Olamigoke posted his first career provisional mark to win the triple jump. He hopped, skipped and jumped 15.48m (50-9.5), good for ninth in the impressive IU triple jump records. His jump is among the top-five in Division I this season.

    Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5), improving her national-leading mark and moving to within 10 centimeters of the NCAA automatic standard. She finished nearly six feet ahead of her closest competitor.

    Coover cleared 5.41m (17-9.25) to improve his provisional mark. He added five centimeters to his season best and is now within four of his career mark. Coover was 4.25 inches better than the second-place vaulter, Eric Sparks of Purdue.

    Drouin cleared 2.17m (7-1.5) for a 1.25 inch victory over the field. Drouin posted an automatic qualifying mark at the Indiana Open.

    Sophomore Derek Drouin began the 2010 indoor campaign with a pair of top-three finishes at the Indiana Open on Saturday, posting two career bests and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The Corunna, Ontario, native cleared 2.24 meters (7-4.25) in the high jump - the best mark in the nation so far this indoor season. The jump sits just one centimeter shy of the IU school record and is 6 centimeters (2.5") better than his previous high in the event set last year.

    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.

    Drouin added another notch to his belt this season, posting the team's best 60m hurdle time of the season against Purdue. His time of 8.20 seconds is the sixth-fastest in school history.

    Junior Faith Sherrill opened the 2010 indoor campaign with a bang at the Indiana Open by breaking an IU record that stood for 18 years. Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.70m (54-9.5), obliterating her career mark of 15.05m in 2008. The mark is a foot and a half better than the second best in the Big Ten so far this season and is the third-best in Division I. After redshirting last year, Sherrill moved from seventh in IU lore to 37 centimeters (1-2.5) better than the previous IU record, besting NCAA shot put champion Katrin Koch (1992) and Jennifer Brown (2000).

    Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5), improving her provisional mark and moving to within 10 centimeters of the NCAA automatic standard. She finished nearly six feet ahead of her closest competitor. Sherrill is nearly two feet ahead of her closest conference foe.

    The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native also posted a career best in the weight throw at the Indiana Open, 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.

    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.

    Senior Jeff Coover holds the nation's fourth-best mark in the pole vault, having cleared 5.41m (17-9) in the dual meet with Purdue. He sits just four centimeters from his career best from last season. Coover is now eight inches better than the provisional standard and 3.5 inches away from the automatic standard.,p> Coover cleared 5.36m (17-7) to win the pole vault at the Indiana Open. His mark was the first provisional qualification in Division I this season. Coover was more than half a meter better than the second place finisher.

    Senior Molly Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:06.78 in the 800m, nearly nine seconds ahead of the field. Her time was the first provisional in Division I this season and is currently atop the national list. Beckwith picks up right where she left off last season, as she posted a season best and IU record 2:05.55 in 2009.

    Beckwith posted wins in the mile and 800 against Purdue. Beckwith was just 1.08 seconds off the provisional standard in the mile in what was her first collegiate mile, finishing in 4:48.08. The time is the sixth-fastest in school history.

    In the dual with Purdue, senior Ashley Rhoades proved to be the story of the day, breaking the IU indoor high jump record by becoming the first female Hoosier to clear six feet. Rhoades' clearance of 1.84m (6-0.5) is the third-best in Division I and the best in the Big Ten this season. She is within one centimeter of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

    Rhoades recorded a clearance of 1.78m (5-10) at the Indiana Open. She won by three centimeters and was just a centimeter off her career best from 2009 and three off the IU record.

    Against Purdue, sophomore Olu Olamigoke posted his first career provisional mark to win the triple jump. He hopped, skipped and jumped 15.48m (50-9.5), good for ninth in the impressive IU triple jump records. His jump is among the top-seven in Division I this season and is the second-best in the Big Ten conference.

    Indiana sophomore Derek Drouin and junior Faith Sherrill both were named as field athletes of the week when the Big Ten conference office announced on Jan. 11, the first weekly indoor track and field awards of the season. The awards were for meets between January 4-10. Both student-athletes claimed the prize for the first time in their career.,p> Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with the performance of the two honorees at the Indiana Open 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."

    Since his arrival at Indiana in 2007, Ron Helmer has routinely redshirted talented athletes, including upperclassmen, to help them develop. Several Hoosiers will compete in cream and crimson this season after donning the redshirt in 2009

    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.

    After a 2009 season that included freshman phenom Derek Drouin soaring to new heights, the Hoosiers have dipped back into Canada's talent pool, hoping to bring further success across the border.

    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.

    Fans of IU track and field will have access to greatly expanded coverage of the Hoosiers in 2010. Media Relations contact Kyle Johnson will be covering the Hoosiers all season long on Twitter and His Twitter posts will include live updates from meets all season long.

    Weekly Twitvid videos, previews, recaps, photo galleries, results and much, much more will be available all season long. You can get updates sent straight to your mobile device or computer via Twitter by following Johnson at



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