Men's Track

    Meyo Is First Road Trip for Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Chanel Simmons
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    Freshman Chanel Simmons
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    Feb. 3, 2010

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    The Hoosiers will hit the road for the first time this season, competing at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., on Jan. 5-6. The meet, which will feature many of the top teams in the nation and will be hosted at the Loftus Center, is scheduled for a 5 p.m. ET start on Fri., Jan. 5 and a 9 a.m. ET start on Sat., Jan. 6.

    The Loftus Center has an oversized track that has been very friendly to the Hoosiers. Five IU records have been set on the track, including Molly Beckwith's 800m record last season. The track was also the site of Indiana's NCAA auto time in the distance medley relay last season.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana track and field closed out the Indiana Relays with nine NCAA-qualifying performances, including two automatic marks. Six Hoosiers recorded NCAA marks on day one, led by Andy Bayer and Molly Beckwith in the mile, and Jeff Coover and Andrew Poore led the way as the Hoosiers posted three more on day two.

    Coover cleared 5.50m (18-0.5) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. His clearance of 18 feet puts him into elite company as one of only three Hoosiers to do so.

    Poore broke a Gladstein Fieldhouse record that stood for 28 years, finishing the 5,000 meters in 13:48.88. The time is just off the NCAA auto. Standard of 13:47.00 and leads the country by nearly three seconds. The redshirt sophomore moves into second in the IU record books with a nearly 22-second improvement on his career best. He trails only Stephen Haas in the IU records.

    Bayer finished fourth in the mile, posting a time of 3:58.972. The time is the fifth-best in school history and nets him the first automatic NCAA qualification of his career. Bayer was followed in by junior De'Sean Turner, who took ninth with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:01.85.

    Beckwith posted Div. I's best mile, finishing in 4:43.44 for a provisional qualification. Her time is fourth-fastest in school history. She was followed in by sophomore Chelsea Blanchard in second and senior Wendi Robinson in third. Both of Beckwith's teammates posted provisional marks as well, finishing in 4:45.87 and 4:45.88 respectively.

    Kristen Crawford's heave of 18.96m (62-2.5) in the weight throw is the fourth best in school history and ranks 15th in Div. I. The senior bettered the provisional mark by 21 centimeters.

    Junior Ashley Rhoades won the high jump invitational with a clearance of 1.80m (5-10.75). Her season and career best is fifth in Div. I this season.

    HOOSIERS ENTER THE TOP 15
    Indiana is ranked No. 11 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 eight NCAA qualifiers, the Hoosiers' ranking is the highest for the men's team since the arrival of director and head coach Ron Helmer.

    The men's team improves five spots from the week one USTFCCCA rankings, and 27 spots from their preseason rank of 38. 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."

    PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF IN POLE VAULT
    Senior Jeff Coover cleared 5.50m (18-0.5) in the pole vault at the Indiana Relays, becoming the third Hoosier to ever clear 18 feet. Coover had attempted the height 41 times before getting the clearance on the 42nd attempt. The La Jolla, Calif., native had jumped at the bar in 14 meets since his junior season.

    Coover was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on Mon., Feb. 1. The award is for meets between January 24-31. Coover wins his third career weekly accolade for indoor track and field from the conference and his fourth including outdoor, which ties him for the most in school history.

    Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Coover's consistency at a high level of competition allows him to win awards like this one.

    "This weekend, Jeff recorded the third-best mark in the country and the third best in school history," Helmer said. "With the great tradition that we have in the pole vault, a performance like that is very deserving of this kind of recognition. Jeff's ability to be consistent in an event like the pole vault is a testament to his hard work and dedication."

    Coover soared to a top finish in the pole vault, clearing 5.50m (18-0.5) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Indiana Relays last week. His clearance of over 18 feet puts him into elite company as one of only three Hoosiers to do so in program history. The other two, Mark Buse and Dave Volz, both won NCAA titles in the event. The mark is good enough to tie for the third-best clearance in Division I this season and is the best jump in the Big Ten by seven inches.

    Coover wins his fourth Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in track and field, tying him with IU legend Aarik Wilson for the most in school history. Wilson won two national championships in the triple jump.

    THE RHOADES TO FAYETTEVILLE
    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 seventh-best in Division I and is one centimeter off the Big Ten leader. She is within one centimeter of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

    BAYER ATTACK... ON RECORD BOOKS
    A week after provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m, Bayer finished fourth in the mile at the Indiana Relays, posting a time of 3:58.972. The time is the fifth-best in school history and nets him the first automatic NCAA qualification of his career. The Leo, Ind., native is the first Hoosier to break four minutes since Sean and John Jefferson did in 2005. Bayer is the fifth Hoosier to perform the feat and the first to do so in Gladstein Fieldhouse.

    Bayer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Jan. 25. The award was for meets between January 17-23. Bayer wins his first weekly nod and the first indoor track honor since 2006 by a Hoosier.

    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.

    BENCHMARKS BEATEN BY BECKWITH
    Senior Molly Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:06.78 in the 800m, nearly nine seconds ahead of the field at the Indiana Open. Her time was the first provisional in Division I this season and is currently 11th on the national list.

    Beckwith posted Div. I's best mile, finishing in 4:43.44 for a provisional qualification. Her time is fourth-fastest in school history. She was followed in by sophomore Chelsea Blanchard in second and senior Wendi Robinson in third. Both of Beckwith's teammates posted provisional marks as well, finishing in 4:45.87 and 4:45.88 respectively. The times are good for fifth and sixth on both the national list and the IU record books. The three Hoosiers hold the top-three mile times in the Big Ten this season.

    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.

    HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP TO OLU!
    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 the 15th best in Division I this season and is the second-best in the Big Ten conference.

    GOTTA HAVE FAITH, AT NCAAS
    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 more than a foot ahead of her closest conference foe and holds the third-best mark in Div. I.

    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 was the first Big Ten weight thrower to record a NCAA qualifying heave on the season and she still leads the conference. Her throw is 16th on the national list. She and teammate Kristen Crawford hold two of the top three marks in the Big Ten.

    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.

    AIR CANADA
    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.

    CRAWFORD AMONG BIG TEN'S ELITE
    Senior Kristen Crawford's heave of 18.96m (62-2.5) in the weight throw is the fourth best in school history and ranks 15th in Div. I. The senior bettered the provisional mark by 21 centimeters at the Indiana Relays. She is the second Hoosier to qualify in the weight throw this season, joining Faith Sherrill on the national list. The two Hoosiers have the two best throws in the Big Ten this season.

    REDEFINING A POORE PERFORMANCE
    Redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore broke a Gladstein Fieldhouse record that stood for 28 years, finishing the 5,000 meters in 13:48.88 at the Indiana Relays. The time is just off the NCAA auto. standard of 13:47.00 and leads the country by nearly four full seconds. It is the second provisional qualification of the season and in his career. He moved into second in the IU record books with a nearly 22-second improvement on his career best. He trails only Stephen Haas in the IU records.

    Poore took fifth in a historic 3,000m race at the Gladstein Invitational 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. The mark was the first provisional indoor qualification of his career and currently puts him sixth on the national list.

    WE SHALL SEE CHELSEA AT NCAA'S
    In the women's 3,000m Invitational at the Gladstein Invitational, sophomore Chelsea Blanchard posted her first career NCAA qualifying time. Her time of 9:31.62 is just under the provisional standard of 9:32.00. Blanchard was more than seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher and led all nearly all 15 laps of the race. The finish moves her into eighth in the IU record books.

    Blanchard posted her second provisional qualification in two weeks at the Indiana Relays. Blanchard finished second in the mile with a time of 4:45.87. Her time is the ninth-best in Division I and the second-best in the Big Ten this season. Her time is the fifth-fastest in school history. The two runners joining Blanchard in the top three were both teammates, Molly Beckwith and Wendi Robinson. The three Hoosiers hold the top-three mile times in the Big Ten this season.

    SPRING BREAK AT TYSON FOR TURNER
    Junior De'Sean Turner punched his ticket to Fayetteville, Ark., in mid March, with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:02.68 in the mile. Running at the Indiana Relaysin one of the most impressive field's you'll ever see, Turner posted his third-career NCAA qualifying mark. Turner earned All-America honors in 2009 as a member of IU's distance medley relay team.

    IT IS GETTING WENDI IN FAYETTEVILLE
    Senior Wendi Robinson posted the sixth provisional NCAA mark of her career at the Indiana Relays. Robinson finished third in the mile, recording a time of 4:45.88. The time was just .01 seconds out of second. Robinson was well under the NCAA provisional standard of 4:47.00. Robinson moves into sixth in the IU record books.

    The two runners finishing ahead of Robinson were both teammates, Molly Beckwith and Chelsea Blanchard. The three Hoosiers hold the top-three mile times in the Big Ten this season.

    BIG TEN HONORS TWO IN WEEK ONE
    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.

    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
    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.

    IU LOOKS TO THE TRUE NORTH
    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.

    FOLLOW IU ON TWITTER!
    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 IUHoosiers.com. 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 twitter.com/KJatIU.


     

     

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