Big Ten Indoor Championships Next for Hoosiers
Feb. 24, 2010
Next on the docket for IU track and field are the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. The men will compete in Minneapolis, Minn., and the women will compete in University Park, Pa. The Hoosiers will look to build on 2009 Big Ten Indoor performances that saw the women finish 4th and the men take 6th. Senior Jeff Coover will look to defend his Big Ten Indoor crown in the pole vault. High jumpers Ashley Rhoades and Derek Drouin will look to each add another Big Ten title to their credit as each won at the 2009 outdoor championships.
The Big Ten Network will be on hand to cover the action at both championships. The women's championships will be broadcast via tape delay on Tuesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The men's championships will be broadcast via tape delay on Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET. IUHoosiers.com will host coverage of both championships including photo galleries and more. For complete coverage, visit twitter.com/KJatIU.
LAST TIME OUT
Jeff Coover won the Tyson pole vault title for the second-consecutive year, clearing 5.50m (18-0.5). He matched his season and career mark. Coover was the only jumper to clear the height.
In the D.M.R., redshirt freshman Andy Bayer led the way, running a 3:58.48 split in the 1,600m anchor leg. Junior De'Sean Turner, senior Martin Stephen and sophomore Daniel Stockberger combined with Bayer to record a time of 9:38.39 for the win.
Chelsea Blanchard ran seven seconds faster than her previous career best in the 3,000m for the Tyson 3k crown by nearly 5.5 seconds.
Faith Sherrill recorded her second IU record of the season. She added 70cm to her career best in the weight throw, taking second place at the meet. Her heave of 20.00m (65-7.5) passes Jennifer Brown on IU's all-time list.
Arianne Raby recorded the second NCAA provisional time of her career, finishing in 2:08.60 in the 800m. Her time is .40 seconds better than the provisional standard and ties her for the seventh fastest in school history.
Molly Beckwith ran a second faster than her season mark in the mile. Her time of 4:42.23 is nearly five seconds better than the provisional standard and is the fourth-fastest in IU history. Beckwith finished fourth overall.
Wendi Robinson finished third in the 5,000 meters. Her time of 16:34.12 is more than 10 seconds faster than the NCAA provisional standard of 16:44.50.
HOOSIERS ENTER THE TOP 10, 20
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said the rankings provide reinforcement to his program to keep working hard and maintained that February rankings aren't the goal for IU track and field.
"It is great to see our student-athletes recognized for what they've accomplished this season, but as always, our eyes are set on earning high rankings at the Big Ten Championships in two weeks and at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March," Helmer said.
The Hoosiers have recorded nine marks this season that rank among the top 10 in the nation, led by NCAA Automatic qualifiers Molly Beckwith, Jeff Coover, Derek Drouin and Andy Bayer. Drouin's mark in the high jump is the best in Division I this season.
CONSISTENCY KEY FOR COOVER
Coover was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week after his win in the pole vault at the Tyson Invitational. The award was for meets between Feb. 8-14. Coover's second weekly honor of the season is his fourth career weekly accolade for indoor track and field from the conference and his fifth including outdoor, which breaks the IU record for Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards.
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.
"Consistency is a pole vaulter's best friend and two times in a row at over 18 feet bodes well for the rest of the season," Helmer said.
Coover wins his fifth Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in track and field, passing IU legend Aarik Wilson for the most in school history. Wilson won two national championships in the triple jump.
THE RHOADES TO FAYETTEVILLE
Proving the first time wasn't a fluke, Rhoades cleared the six-foot barrier again at the Meyo Invitational. Her clearance of 1.83m (6-0) won her the Meyo crown in the women's high jump.
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 was the first accolade for an Indiana men's field athlete since senior Jeff Coover won the award two weeks in a row in 2009.
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.
BEATING THE BOOKS WITH BECKWITH
The Worthington, Ohio, native also ran the lead leg in the distance medley relay, leading the Hoosier quartet to an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11:17.06. The time bested the IU record by more than four seconds and is among the top-10 in the nation this season.
Beckwith was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Mon., Feb. 8. She collected the second weekly conference accolade of her career after running to two IU records, including her NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Beckwith ran her race plan well and was rewarded with record times.
"Her performance was nothing less than what we anticipated and expected," Helmer said. "Hopefully that performance sets her up for an outstanding end to her indoor season."
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.
Beckwith ran a second faster than her season mark in the mile at the Tyson Invitational. Her time of 4:42.23 is nearly five seconds better than the provisional standard and is the fourth-fastest in IU history. Beckwith finished fourth overall. The time was her second provisional mile time of the year, improving on the time she recorded at the Indiana Relays.
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.
BAYER ATTACK... ON RECORD BOOKS
In his first collegiate 3,000-meters at the Gladstein Invitational, 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. Bayer, a native of Leo, Ind., has the nation's ninth-best time.
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.
IT IS GETTING WENDI IN FAYETTEVILLE
Robinson ran a provisional qualifying time in the 3,000m at the Meyo Invitational. She finished in 9:26.55 for her third NCAA mark of the season. The time is the fifth best in school history.
Robinson finished third in the 5,000 meters. Her time of 16:34.12 is more than 10 seconds faster than the NCAA provisional standard of 16:44.50. The time was Robinson's fourth NCAA mark of the season.
Robinson ran the anchor leg of IU's distance medley relay at the Meyo Invitational. The group finished in 11:17.06, beating the IU record by more than four seconds. The time is nine ticks faster than the provisional standard.
HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP TO OLU!
GOTTA HAVE FAITH AT NCAAS
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5) against Purdue, 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 sixth-best mark in Div. I.
Sherrill recorded her second IU record of the season at the Tyson Invitational. She let go of a 70 centimeter P.R. in the weight throw, taking second place at the meet. Her heave of 20.00m (65-7.5) passes Jennifer Brown on IU's all-time list for the top spot and puts her at No. 14 on the national list. She bettered the NCAA provisional standard by 4' 1.25". Sherrill holds the Big Ten's best mark in the weight throw by more than a foot.
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 Jan. 12 last season.
REDEFINING A POORE PERFORMANCE
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 17th on the national list.
CRAWFORD AMONG BIG TEN'S ELITE
A DISTANCE MEDLEY MÊLÉE!
At the Tyson Invitational, redshirt freshman Andy Bayer led the way, running a 3:58.48 split in the 1,600m anchor leg. After receiving the baton with a 3.5 second deficit to make up, Bayer caught Chris Gowell of Baylor for the win. Junior De'Sean Turner, senior Martin Stephen and sophomore Daniel Stockberger combined with Bayer to record a time of 9:38.39, the fourth-fastest in Div. I this season. They bettered the NCAA provisional standard with the fourth-fastest time in IU history.
WE SHALL SEE CHELSEA AT NCAA'S
Blanchard ran seven seconds faster than her previous career mark in the 3k to win the Tyson Invitational crown by nearly 5.5 seconds. Her time of 9:24.66 is better than the provisional standard of 9:32.00 and is the fifth fastest in IU history. The time is Blanchard's second NCAA mark in the 3k this season, moving her up the national list by seven seconds.
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 13th-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.
SIX WEEKS, SIX BIG TEN NODS FOR IU
Indiana sophomore Derek Drouin and junior Faith Sherrill both were named as field athletes of the week when the Big Ten Conference office announced the first weekly indoor track and field awards of the season on Jan. 11.
Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer garnered the honor on Jan. 25, the first of his career in track and field. He garnered the accolade in cross country on Oct. 6, 2009.
Senior Jeff Coover claimed the fourth weekly honor of his career on Feb. 1.
Senior Molly Beckwith claimed the honor on Feb. 8. The award is the second of Beckwith's career.
Coover set a new school record for track and field athlete of the week awards by winning his fifth on Feb. 15.
CLEAR THE WAY PLEASE FOR PEASE
RABY'S OPPOSITION IS FRENCH TOAST
Raby ran the 800m leg of IU's distance medley relay at the Meyo Invitational. The group finished in 11:17.06, beating the IU record by more than four seconds. The time is nine ticks faster than the provisional standard.
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