Hoosiers Move Up to No. 3 in Rankings
Feb. 15, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's track and field team continued its climb up the national computer rankings, moving into third place in this week's rankings release. The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released the weekly national computer rankings Tuesday with the Hoosiers ranked third. The Hoosier men have six performances on the season that currently rank among the top 10 in their respective events this season, including three performances from Andy Bayer. The ranking is the highest for a Hoosier team since the USTFCCCA instituted the system in 2008. The Indiana women remained in the nation's top 25, ranked 25th.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said his team's ability to perform at a high level week in and week out.
"Our student-athletes have posted big time performances every week this season," said Helmer. "When you get national-level performances on a weekly basis, you're bound to move up the national rankings. We need to continue to perform at that level to get the rankings we really want, at the Big Ten and NCAA championship meets."
The Hoosiers moved up the rankings this week with NCAA automatic qualifying performances from Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers in the 3,000m and the men's distance medley relay. Andy Bayer has the nation's best 3,000m time on the season and ranks sixth in the mile. Hubers and Poore rank seventh and ninth, respectively, in the 5,000m and Derek Drouin has the nation's third-best clearance in the high jump. Bayer and relay teammates Danny Stockberger, Chris Vaughn and Joe Holahan are second nationally in the distance medley relay. The Hoosiers have eight NCAA automatic qualifying marks on the season and a total of 15 marks or times that rank among the nation's top 35 in their respective events.
The Hoosiers at the Big Ten Championships on February 26-27. The men's championships will take place in Champaign, Ill., while the women will compete in West Lafayette, Ind. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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