Neville, Ketchum Earn All-America Honors
March 24, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Indiana men's indoor track and field athletes earned All-America honors as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association on March 23. Ryan Ketchum earned his first career All-America accolade in the shot put, while David Neville garnered the distinction in the 200m and 400m for the second consecutive year.
Neville boasted one of the most successful indoor seasons in the country. The Merrillville, Ind., product captured the Big Ten title in both the 200m and 400m with personal-best times of 20.81 and 47.11, respectively. Neville then went on to up his personal best in the 400m at the NCAA Championships en route to a runner-up finish and snapped the school record with a time of 45.58. In the 200m at the NCAAs, Neville took sixth with a time of 20.81. Additionally, Neville was a member of the 4x400m relay team which posted its best time of 3:14.32 at the Hoosier Hills Invitational. Last season, Neville earned All-America honors in the 200m and 400m as well.
"David ran both the 200m and the 400m at the NCAA Championships, which is an accomplishment in itself," Indiana director of track and field Randy Heisler said. "He is running better than he ever has before. It's hard to say which event he is better in because he is spectacular in both. In the 400m, although just to a matter of minutes, David ran the fastest time in the world and not many people can say that. With the upcoming outdoor season and another whole year to compete, David is going to bring a lot of pride and prestige to Indiana track and field."
In his final indoor campaign as a Hoosier, Ketchum earned his first All-America nod in the shot put. The Hutchinson, Kan., native hurled an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 18.72m (62-01.00) at the Alex Wilson Invite to seal his first trip to the NCAAs. In Fayetteville, Ark., Ketchum took ninth with a throw of 18.61m (61-00.75). At the Big Ten meet in Iowa City, Iowa, Ketchum brought home a second-place finish with a throw of 18.26m (59-11). Ketchum also competed in the weight throw for Indiana and tossed an 18.48m (60-07.75) at the Hoosier Hills Invitational.
"It has been a long journey for Ryan and for him to earn this honor after all he has been though is great," Heisler said. "It was good to see him reach his second best throw of his career at the NCAAs. He gained so much confidence at that meet, along with the great achievement in becoming an All-American."
To date, Heisler has mentored an impressive 58 All-Americans during his 17-year tenure at Indiana, while associate head coach/sprints/hurdles, Ed Beathea has guided 29 All-American in his 10-year career at IU.
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