Indiana Relays Next Up for the Hoosiers
Jan. 27, 2010
The Indiana Relays marks the second consecutive two-day home meet for the Hoosiers. Indiana will host 22 schools, five clubs/professional organizations and 695 athletes. The meet will start at 3 p.m. ET on Fri., Jan. 29, with preliminary rounds of the 60m sprints and hurdles. Saturday's action will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET. The end of each day of competition will be highlighted with invitational races and relays. Friday's invitational races will begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday's invitational races will begin at 2:40 p.m. All field events on Saturday will be invitational sections, consisting of the top-six verifiable entries.
The Indiana Relays was good to the Hoosiers in 2009, as Indiana posted four NCAA provisional marks. All four qualifiers are back in 2010, including Jeff Coover, who earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors for his efforts.
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LAST TIME OUT
Bayer finished as the collegiate winner in a race filled with professional runners. He took third place in a race that saw four runners finish faster than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Bayer's time of 7:55.25 was faster than the 1991 3K clocked by IU legend Bob Kennedy, moving into second in the IU record books as well. His time is just .75 seconds off the NCAA Auto standard and is almost 10 seconds faster than the provisional mark.
Poore was right behind, taking fifth in the race with a time of 7:57.44. He is one of only five Hoosiers to finish the 3,000 meters in under eight minutes. His time is the fourth fastest in school history and was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor meet last season.
Blanchard posted her first career NCAA qualifying time in the 3,000m Invitational. Her time of 9:31.62 is just under the provisional standard of 9:32.00. The finish moves her into eighth in the IU record books.
Sherrill moved to within 3.5 inches of the IU record in the weight throw, recording a heave of 19:30m (63-4) for her second NCAA provisional mark of the season. Her throw is three feet and two inches better than her previous career mark, and puts her just nine centimeters away from IU record holder Jennifer Brown.
Coover won the men's pole vault with an NCAA qualifying mark of 5.35m (17-6.5). Coover was unable to clear the NCAA auto standard of 5.50m in three tries. His best mark on the season is 5.41m (17-9).
HOOSIERS ENTER THE TOP 25
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."
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.
COOV JUMPS SMOOV
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.
Coover won the men's pole vault at the Gladstein Invitational as well, with a mark of 5.35m (17-6.5). Coover was unable to clear the NCAA auto standard of 5.50m in three tries.
MOLLY GATHERS MOMENTUM!
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.
BAYER ATTACK... ON RECORD BOOKS
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with Bayer's performance at the Gladstein Invitational and feels that the recognition is well-deserved.
"In the young season, Andy ran the fastest time in the country and the second-fastest in school history. He is very deserving of this award. Fittingly, he is the first to win it since Stephen Haas, who holds the IU record ahead of Andy," said Helmer.
In his first collegiate 3,000-meters, Bayer finished as the collegiate winner while competing against six professional runners at the Gladstein Invitational. The redshirt freshman took third place in a race that saw four runners finish faster than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Bayer's time of 7:55.25 was faster than the 1991 3K clocked by IU legend Bob Kennedy. By eclipsing the 19-year-old mark, Bayer moves into second in the IU record books.
His time is just .75 seconds off the NCAA Automatic qualifier and is almost 10 seconds faster than the provisional standard, marking the first NCAA provisional qualification of his career. The Leo, Ind., native leads the nation by more than two seconds in the event and now owns the Big Ten's best time in the mile and the 3,000m.
GOTTA HAVE FAITH, AT NCAAS
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.
Sherrill moved to within 3.5 inches of the IU record in the weight throw at the Gladstein Invitational, recording a heave of 19.30m (63-4) for her second NCAA provisional mark of the season. Her throw is three feet and two inches better than her previous career mark, and puts her just nine centimeters away from the IU record holder, Brown. Sherrill is the first Big Ten weight thrower to record a NCAA qualifying heave on the season. Her throw is 13th on the national list.
The Big Ten conference honored Sherrill's performance at the Indiana Open with Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. It was 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.
POORE RECORDS WEALTHY MARKS
THE RHOADES TO FAYETTEVILLE
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.
HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP TO OLU!
WE SHALL SEE CHELSEA AT NCAA'S
BIG TEN HONORS TWO IN WEEK ONE
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."
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.
IU LOOKS TO THE TRUE NORTH
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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