Men's Track

    14 Hoosiers Headed to NCAA Indoor Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Kind Butler
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    Junior Kind Butler
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    March 10, 2010

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    The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships represent the conclusion to the indoor campaign for IU track and field. The meet will take place at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13. Indiana sends a group of 14 competitors, including distance medley relay squads from both the men's and women's teams. The Hoosiers also travel to Fayetteville with USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Athletes of the Year Molly Beckwith and Derek Drouin.

    Four Hoosiers return to the indoor national meet after earning All-America honors indoors last season. Senior Jeff Coover, Drouin and juniors Ben Hubers and De'Sean Turner helped lead the Indiana men to 14th place at the 2009 NCAA Indoor meet, scoring a combined 15 points. The women will look to improve upon a 56th-place finish in 2009.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Hoosiers took advantage of their final opportunity to qualify for the national meet with spectacular performances from the men's and women's teams in the distance medley relay at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The women recorded a school record and the men ran the school's third-best time ever as both teams took second. Junior Sarah Pease ran a provisional time in the 5k, as did senior Wendi Robinson in the 3K.

    The women's distance medley team posted a school record time of 11:11.02, which was good enough to get them into the national meet. Sophomore Chelsea Blanchard beat Michigan's Danielle Tauro across the line by .15 seconds in the mile-long anchor leg. The best split of the relay came from senior Molly Beckwith who finished her 800m-leg in 2:03.4. Beckwith received the baton from freshman Jordan Gray who covered 400 meters after fellow freshman Arianne Raby ran 1,200m. The group improved the school record by more than six seconds.

    The men's relay grabbed some of the Alex Wilson DMR magic from last season, posting a time that got them into the national meet. The group's time of 9:32.73 is the seventh best in the country this season and is the third-best in school history. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line just .01 behind the winning Eastern Michigan squad, but it wasn't because he didn't scorch the track. The Leo, Ind., native split his mile-long leg of the relay in 3:57.6. Bayer took the baton from junior De'Sean Turner who ran 800 meters after junior Ben Hubers handed off to sophomore Kind Butler.

    Pease improved her provisional time in the 5K by more than 16 seconds. Pease finished in 16:19.44 for second place. The time is the fourth fastest in school history. Robinson ran a time of 9:27.95 for second place in the 3,000m. Robinson was more than four seconds under the NCAA provisional standard.

    HOOSIERS IN THE TOP 15, 25
    Indiana men's track and field is ranked in the top 15 of the national rankings, the USTFCCCA announced. The men are ranked 13th and the women are ranked 23rd. On the season, the men have been ranked as high as seventh and the women as high as 18th.

    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 and at the NCAA Indoor Championships," 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
    Senior Jeff Coover captured the Tyson pole vault title for the second-consecutive year with an NCAA auto standard mark of 5.50m (18-0.5). He matched his season and career mark. After taking 42 career attempts to clear the 5.50m NCAA auto standard for the first time, it took only three attempts at the height to clear it a second time. Coover was the only jumper to clear the height.

    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
    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) was within one centimeter of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

    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.

    Rhoades improved her season mark with a clearance of 1.85m (6.75) to win the Big Ten high jump title. Rhoades broke the facility record at Penn State's Ashenfelter Multi-Sport Facility en route to her second career Big Ten crown. Her NCAA automatic clearance is the fifth-best in Division I this season.

    AIR CANADA
    Sophomore Derek Drouin added yet another notch to his belt with an outstanding performance at the Big Ten Championships. The Corunna, Ontario, native won his second career Big Ten title and was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year by the conference's coaches. Drouin set a Big Ten Championships record in the high jump with a clearance of 2.26m (7-5). His clearance was also an IU record, breaking a 26 year-old record set by Ron Jones in 1984. Every one of Drouin's clearances came on his first attempt. His clearance is the best in Division I on the season.

    Drouin began the 2010 indoor campaign with a pair of top-three finishes at the Indiana Open on Jan. 9, posting two career bests and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The sophomore cleared 2.24 meters (7-4.25) in the 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 also ran 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
    Senior Molly Beckwith was the Big Ten Champion in the 600m, running a Big Ten and IU record time of 1:27.22, which is the second fastest ever by an American. The conference title is the first of Beckwith's career. Making the 600m time more impressive is the fact that Beckwith ran a career-best time of 4:40.50 for third place in the mile earlier in the same day of competition.

    Beckwith recorded two NCAA qualifying marks, including an NCAA auto time in the 800-meter run on the second day of the Meyo Invitational. Her time of 2:04.50 is a new school record and the fifth fastest in the NCAA this season. The time is a half-second better than the NCAA auto standard and is the first auto time of her career. Beckwith cut a full second off her own school record of 2:05.55, which she set at the Meyo Invitational last season.

    The women's distance medley team posted a school record time of 11:11.02 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The best split of the relay came from Beckwith who finished her 800m-leg in 2:03.4. The group's school record time is the 12th-best in Div. I 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 at the Indiana Open. Her time was the first provisional in Division I this season. Beckwith ran the mile at the Tyson Invitational. Her time of 4:42.23 finished fourth overall. The time was her second provisional mile time of the year, improving on the time she recorded at the Indiana Relays.

    BAYER ATTACK... ON RECORD BOOKS
    Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer earned second team All-Big Ten honors with a second-place finish in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. His stellar indoor campaign garnered him Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

    A week after provisionally qualifying in the 3,000m at the Gladstein Invitational, 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 indoors and the first to do so in Gladstein Fieldhouse. He is the 10th person with IU ties to join the U.S. Sub-4:00 Club, a list put together by Track and Field News. (Three of the Hoosiers on the list completed the feat post-collegiately.)

    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.

    HOOSIERS EARN BIG TEN HONORS
    Sophomore Derek Drouin was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year when the Big Ten announced individual honorees for the indoor season on Tuesday. Three Hoosiers were named individual honorees, as redshirt freshman Andy Bayer was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and junior Faith Sherrill was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships.

    Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said the three Hoosiers show the progress his program is making.

    "These three have been outstanding this season, and the Big Ten Championships were no different," said Helmer, "It is exciting to know that these three student-athletes will all be back for at least another year of competition."

    GOTTA HAVE FAITH AT NCAAS
    Junior Faith Sherrill continued her outstanding season at the Big Ten Championships, taking the weight throw title for her first Big Ten Championship. She also took second in the shot put, earning Athlete of the Championships honors. Sherrill improved her school record in the weight throw, recording a heave of 20.35m (66-9.25) to win by more than two and a half feet. Sherrill is currenty 11th in Div. I.

    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. After redshirting last year, Sherrill moved from seventh in IU lore to 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) 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 holds the ninth-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. 11 on the national list. She bettered the NCAA provisional standard by 4' 1.25".

    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
    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 is the ninth-fastest in Division I this season. It is his 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 17th on the national list.

    A DISTANCE MEDLEY MÊLÉE!
    The women's distance medley team posted a school record time of 11:11.02 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, which was good enough to get them into the national meet. Sophomore Chelsea Blanchard beat Michigan's Danielle Tauro across the line by .15 seconds in the mile-long anchor leg. The best split of the relay came from senior Molly Beckwith who finished her 800m-leg in 2:03.4. Beckwith received the baton from freshman Jordan Gray who covered 400 meters after fellow freshman Arianne Raby ran 1,200m. The group improved the school record by more than six seconds.

    The men's relay grabbed some of the Alex Wilson DMR magic from last season, posting a time that got them into the national meet. The group's time of 9:32.73 is the seventh best in the country this season and is the third-best in school history. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line just .01 behind the winning Eastern Michigan squad, but it wasn't because he didn't scorch the track. The Leo, Ind., native split his mile-long leg of the relay in 3:57.6. Bayer took the baton from junior De'Sean Turner who ran 800 meters after junior Ben Hubers handed off to sophomore Kind Butler.

    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 beat the provisional standard. Blanchard was more than seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher and led almost the entire way in the 15-lap race.

    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. The two runners joining Blanchard in the top three were both teammates, Molly Beckwith and Wendi Robinson.

    Blanchard improved on her mile time at the Big Ten Championships. She finished in 4:43.82 for sixth place. The time is the fifth-fastest in school history.

    Blanchard ran the anchor leg in the DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational, finishing in second place to stamp her ticket to Fayetteville, Ark. The group recorded a school record time of 11:11.02, which is the 12th best in Div. I this season.

    RABY'S OPPOSITION IS FRENCH TOAST
    Freshman Arianne Raby recorded the second NCAA provisional time of her career, finishing in 2:08.60 in the 800m at the Tyson Invitational. Her time is .40 seconds better than the provisional standard and ties her for the seventh fastest in school history. Raby ran a leg on IU's record-setting distance medley relay at the Meyo Invitational. Raby, a native of Repentigny, Quebec, is a fluent French-speaker and has competed at the Francophone Games in Canada.

    Raby ran the 1200m leg of IU's distance medley relay at the Alex Wilson Invitational. The group recorded a school record time of 11:11.02, which is the 12th best in Div. I this season.

    SIX WEEKS, SIX BIG TEN NODS FOR IU
    Indiana has been very good in the 2010 Indoor season, and the Big Ten Conference has taken notice. In a span of six weekends, Hoosiers earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors six times.

    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.

    BACK IN CRIMSON
    Since his arrival at Indiana in 2007, Ron Helmer has routinely redshirted talented student-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 GREAT WHITE 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 student-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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