Men's Track

    Indiana Ready for Pepsi Team Invitational in Oregon

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Kiwan Lawson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Kiwan Lawson
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 1, 2009

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    The Hoosiers head to historic Hayward field for the Pepsi Team Invitational, a scored four-way meet with the host Oregon Ducks, the Kansas State Wildcats and the Utah State Aggies. The meet will begin at 11:20 a.m. PT (2:20 p.m. ET) and conclude at 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET) on Saturday, April 4.

    The invitational is the first scored meet other than the Big Ten and NCAA championships for the Hoosiers since the Big Ten/SEC Challenge, during the indoor season in 2008. Oregon is ranked third in the nation in both the men's and women's USTFCCCA preseason rankings. The Ducks' men's team claimed the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship last month and the women's team took ninth. Kansas State's men's team took 16th at the indoor championships, just behind the Hoosiers. Oregon claimed four event crowns at the indoor championships, led by Galen Rupp's wins in the 3k and 5k. He also anchored the winning distance medley relay. Kansas State's Scott Sellers was the national champion in the high jump and IU's Derek Drouin took second.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana qualified eight for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the Alabama Relays. Senior Paul Fearnow got his qualification with a winning heave in the hammer throw and freshman Olumide Olamigoke took second in the triple jump with his qualification. In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin punched their tickets to Louisville. Senior Tiffany Howard and sophomore Kristen Crawford did the same in the shot put. Senior Kiwan Lawson qualified in the long jump, and freshman Derek Drouin qualified in the high jump on day one.

    Neuenswander claimed the pole vault crown, clearing 4.05m (13-3.5). The height is eight inches better than the regional standard. The Jefferson City, Mo., native holds a lifetime outdoor best of 4.12m.

    Fearnow will return to the regional after he posted the third best mark in IU history to qualify in 2008. Fearnow was two meters shy of his career best, but he bested the regional standard by 60 centimeters with his toss of 57.40m (188-4) for the event win.

    Indiana was very successful in relay action. The team took first and second in the women's 4x800m relay. The men also won the 4x800m relay. Indiana also performed well in the distance events. IU runners took second through fifth in the both the men's and women's 1,500-meters. Sophomore Jenny Kulow took first in the 10k and senior Kristina Trcka was second in the 5,000-meters.

    DROUIN CLEARS THE REGIONAL STANDARD
    Freshman Derek Drouin scored 6,318 points for third place in the decathlon at the Alabama Relays. That point total is the eighth best in IU history. The freshman put up his best mark in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.51 seconds for 789 points. Drouin put up 3,526 points on day one, posting a regional qualifying height in the high jump in the process.

    On day one in Alabama, Drouin moved himself into ninth all-time in the IU outdoor record books with his mark in the high jump. The All-American cleared 2.13m (6-11.75). His height is three centimeters better than the regional standard. Drouin's mark is currently the best in the Big Ten.

    NEUENSWANDER NETS REGIONAL BERTH
    Eight Hoosiers qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the Alabama Relays, and five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day. In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin punched their tickets to Louisville.

    Neuenswander claimed the pole vault crown, clearing 4.05m (13-3.5). The height is eight inches better than the regional standard. The Jefferson City, Mo., native holds an lifetime outdoor best of 4.12m. She took sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships for All-America honors. Her mark is the best in the Big Ten this season.

    LAWSON LEAPS BACK INTO NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL
    Five IU athletes posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays, and eight Hoosiers qualified over the four day meet. Senior Kiwan Lawson punched his ticket in the long jump.

    Lawson was third in the long jump. The 2008 All-American recorded a leap of 7.64m (25-0.75). His mark is just 23 centimeters off his career best and 30 centimeters better than the regional standard. Lawson's career best outdoors is 7.87m. Lawson's jump is the best in the Big Ten this season.

    HOWARD'S HEAVE MAKES THE GRADE
    Five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays. Senior Tiffany Howard and sophomore Kristen Crawford did the same in the shot put.

    Howard was third in the shot put, recording a career best heave of 15.07m (49-5.5). Her toss was nearly three feet better than the regional standard of 14.30m (46-11). Her mark is the sixth best in school history. The senior claimed the Big Ten shot put title in the indoor season.

    FEARNOW FINDS HIS WAY
    The Hoosiers recorded two more regional qualifications on day four at the Alabama Relays, making a total of eight in the team's first meet of the outdoor season. Senior Paul Fearnow got his qualification with a winning heave in the hammer throw.

    Fearnow will return to the regional after he posted the third best mark in IU history to qualify in 2008. Fearnow was two meters shy of his career best, but he bested the regional standard by 60 centimeters with his toss of 57.40m (188-4).

    CHIN IS IN
    Five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays. In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin punched their tickets to Louisville.

    The IU record holder in the pole vault is Chin, who cleared the regional standard of 3.85m (12-7.5). Chin's mark got her fourth place. Chin advanced to the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

    OLAMIGOKE HEADED TO LOUISVILLE
    The Hoosiers recorded two more regional qualifications on day four at the Alabama Relays, making a total of eight in the team's first meet of the outdoor season. Freshman Olumide Olamigoke took second in the triple jump with his qualification.

    Olamigoke had a leap of 15.40m (50-6.25), the second best of the meet. The winning jump proved to be wind-aided, so the freshman's mark was the best unassisted mark of the meet. He bested the regional standard (15.00m) by 40 centimeters. He is within six inches of the top-ten in IU's illustrious history of horizontal jumping. His mark is the Big Ten's best this season.

    KRISTEN IS KENTUCKY-BOUND
    Tiffany Howard wasn't the only Hoosier to best the regional standard in the shot put at the Alabama Relays, as sophomore Kristen Crawford did the same.

    Crawford took fifth with the eighth best throw in school history. Her mark of 14.66m (48-1.25) is good for the first regional qualification in her career at IU. The transfer from Richmond is a former Atlantic 10 champion.

    RELAY TEAMS START OFF STRONG
    Indiana was very successful in relay action at the Alabama Relays. The team took first and second in the women's 4x800m relay. Junior Wendi Robinson, sophomore Lindsey Hartman and freshmen Ashley Baker and Breanne Ehrman took first, finishing in 9:11.06. Following them in was a team of senior Courtney Freiberger, sophomore Kayla Smith and freshmen Caitlin Engel and Chelsea Blanchard, which took second. The Hoosier women were also second in the 1,600m sprint medley. Senior Audrey Smoot, junior Molly Beckwith and freshmen Kim Blaylock and Ann-Marie Clarke finished in 3:53.36.

    On the men's side, IU won the 4x800m relay, finishing in 7:41.27. The team of senior Brennon Plotner and freshmen Andy Bayer, Daniel Stockberger and Andrew Poore were more than a second faster than the second-place team.

    OTHER TOP PERFORMERS AT THE ALABAMA RELAYS
    Indiana also performed well in the distance events on the day. IU runners took second through fifth in the both the men's and women's 1,500-meters. Freshman Andy Bayer was second in the men's race, and he was followed in immediately by senior Brennon Plotner and sophomores Jacob Laird and Andrew Poore. On the women's side, junior Molly Beckwith was the second to cross the line. She was followed in by fellow junior Wendi Robinson, assistant coach Rebecca Walter (who ran unattached) and freshman Chelsea Blanchard. Also running well were sophomore Jenny Kulow, who won the 10,000-meters, and senior Kristina Trcka, who took second in the 5,000-meters.

    Also taking second place finishes on the day were senior Kyle Lechlitner in the pole vault and sophomore Paul Haas in the discus throw. Lechlitner had a career best clearance of 4.80m (15-9). Haas moved within three feet of the regional standard with his heave of 50.85m (166-10).


     

     

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