Hoosiers Ranked 16th Nationally After Strong Start
Jan. 26, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana is ranked No. 16 in men's indoor track and field in the national rankings released by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Led by five NCAA qualifiers, the Hoosiers' ranking is the highest for the men's team since being ranked 14th heading into the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009.
The men's team improves 22 spots from the preseason USTFCCCA rankings, and the women's team, just three spots out of the top 25 at No. 28, has moved up 17 spots since the preseason rankings. Director and head coach Ron Helmer attributes that improvement to the dedication and hard work of his athletes.
"Our rise in the rankings is indicative of the performance progress our athletes are making each week," Helmer said. "Our immediate goal is to continue to progress in workouts, away from the weekend meets, in order to facilitate continued growth throughout our program. Both teams are legitimately outstanding teams at this point but we have so much more work to do before we can think about being one of the best programs in the country on a week in and week out basis."
Between the two teams, there are eight Hoosiers currently in the top-10 nationally in their respective events, with seven of those among the top five in the country. Sophomore Derek Drouin leads the nation in the high jump and redshirt freshman Andy Bayer leads the country in the 3,000 meters. On the women's side, junior Faith Sherrill has the third-best mark in the shot put amongst Division I and sophomore Chelsea Blanchard is fourth on the national list in the 3,000.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Jan. 29, when they host the Indiana Relays. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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