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    Senior Brennon Plotner
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 14, 2009

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    Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex will be alive and well for the Indiana Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18. The event will be a four-way scored meet with Michigan State, Indiana State and Southern Illinois. Events will be scored using the International scoring system, in which only two athletes per team can score in each event (9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1). The scoring system is the same as the Pepsi Team Invitational, where the IU men's team beat the NCAA Champion Oregon Ducks. All events will consist of one heat.

    The three teams should provide a good test for the Hoosiers. The women's throws should be entertaining as MSU's Beth Rohl was the Big Ten weight throw champion indoors, Tiffany Howard won the Big Ten crown in the shot put, and SIU boasts one of the country's best throws programs. The women's pole vault should also be outstanding as the Hoosiers boast All-American Vera Neuenswander and the Sycamores are led by NCAA Indoor champion Kylie Hutson. Michigan State advanced two men and two women to the NCAA Indoor meet, ISU had four women in College Station, and the Salukis had three women, including All-American long jumper Bianca Stewart. Indiana brought home seven All-Americans and advanced three women and six men.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Hoosiers competed at the Sea Ray Relays on April 8-11. IU posted eight regional qualifying marks at the meet. Junior Molly Beckwith led the charge, moving into fourth in the IU record books with the second best time in Division I in the 800-meters.

    Senior Tiffany Howard posted her second regional mark of the year, this time in the discus, as well as posting another regional mark in the shot put. Freshman Andy Bayer beat the regional time in the 1,500m run, and juniors Ashley Rhoades and Vera Neuenswander beat the regional standard at the meet without improving their season bests.

    Seniors Kiwan Lawson and Paul Fearnow and sophomore Kristen Crawford all posted regional marks. Lawson was second in the long jump, recording a wind-aided mark of 7.39m (24-3). Howard and Crawford were seventh and eighth respectively in the shot put. Fearnow had a heave of 58.22m (191 feet) in the hammer throw.

    RHOADES FLIES HER WAY TO LOUISVILLE
    Leading the way for the Hoosiers was junior high jumper Ashley Rhoades who had the second best clearance in IU history. Her regional qualifying mark was one of six for Indiana. Rhoades cleared 1.81m (5-11.25) for first place in the high jump.

    She added six centimeters to her career best and put herself just a centimeter away from the IU record. The Columbia City, Ind., native was 5.5 inches better than her closest competitor, who happened to be sophomore Laura Morris. Her mark is the second best in the country thus far in the outdoor season and is the best mark by a Big Ten competitor.

    KAYLA HURDLES REGIONAL MARK
    Junior Kayla Smith recorded her first career regional qualification en route to a first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Her time of 1:00.33 is .59 seconds better than the regional standard and is the sixth best in school history. She is now just .07 seconds out of fifth in the IU record book.

    Sarah Pease TAKES THE STEEPLE
    Sarah Pease posted her first regional mark this weekend at the 3,000m steeplechase. The junior had the fastest time in the 3,000m steeplechase, besting the regional mark by 28 seconds. Her time of 10:22.26 is the third best in IU history, and she cut more than 32 seconds off her previous career mark. Her mark is the second best in the Mideast region and the Big Ten thus far in the outdoor season.

    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.

    Drouin was second in the high jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational, behind only indoor national champion Scott Sellers. The Canada native's mark of 2.10m (6-10.75) matched the regional standard.

    BIG BEN IS REGIONAL-BOUND
    Ben Stephen grabbed his spot in the NCAA Regional with his winning toss in the shot put at the Pepsi Team Invitational. The freshman had a heave of 17.12m (56-2). The mark is 32 centimeters better than the regional standard. His mark is the best in the Big Ten this season and is among the top-five in the Mideast Region.

    FEARNOW FINDS HIS WAY
    Senior Paul Fearnow bested his regional mark from a week earlier in the hammer throw. His toss of 59.15m (194-1) was just two inches shy of the winning toss by Oregon's Jordan Stray at the Pepsi Team Invite. Fearnow improved his season mark by more than 1.5m. His career best is 59.67m.

    The Hoosiers recorded two 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.

    TURNER TAKES REGIONAL TIME
    Indiana took first and second in the 1,500 meters at the Pepsi Team Invite. Sophomore De'Sean Turner finished in 3:50.86 for first, and freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line in 3:51.32 for second.    Turner then posted a regional qualifying mark in the 3,000m steeplechase. His time of 9:03.25 is nearly four seconds faster than the regional standard. His third place time is the second fastest in the Mideast Region and the second=fastest in the Big Ten this season.

    The Hoosiers won the 4x1,500m relay at the Sea Ray Relays. Sophomores Jacob Laird and De'Sean Turner, freshman Andy Bayer and senior Brennon Plotner finished in 15:44.55, more than five seconds faster than the second place team from Eastern Michigan.

    FRESHMAN BAYER FINDS HIS WAY
    The Hoosiers won the 4x1,500m relay at the Sea Ray Relays. Sophomores Jacob Laird and De'Sean Turner, freshman Andy Bayer and senior Brennon Plotner finished in 15:44.55, more than five seconds faster than the second place team from Eastern Michigan.

    Bayer posted the first regional qualification of his young career in the 1,500 meters. His time of 3:47.37 was good for fourth place and is .43 seconds faster than the regional standard. He shed just under four seconds off of his previous best and has the fourth best time in the Big Ten 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.

    At the Sea Ray Relays, Crawford's best throw was just one centimeter shy of her season best. Her mark took eighth with a heave of 14.65m.

    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.

    HOWARD'S HEAVES MAKE THE GRADE
    Senior Tiffany Howard won the shot put at the Pepsi Team Invitational, adding 12 centimeters to her regional mark on the season. Her toss of 15.19m (49-10) was 3 feet and 6.75 inches better than the second place throw by Spela Hus of Utah State. Howard's mark is the sixth best in school history.

    Five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays. Howard and sophomore Kristen Crawford did the same in the shot put.

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

    Howard posted her second regional mark of the year at the Sea Ray Relays, this time in the discus. Howard had a heave of 47.89m (157-1). The mark is nearly five feet better than her previous career mark, and it moves her into eighth in school history. The toss was nearly two feet better than the regional standard and puts her in the top five in the conference.

    NEUENSWANDER NETS REGIONAL BERTH
    Junior Vera Neuenswander finished 3.75 inches better than her closest competitor in the pole vault at the Pepsi Team Invitational. She added five centimeters to her regional mark and moved to within two centimeters of her all-time best. The All-American is now 25 centimeters better than the regional standard.

    Eight Hoosiers qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the Alabama Relays, and five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day. In the pole vault, 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.

    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.

    Olamigoke won the triple jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational. He skipped, hopped and jumped 14.99m (49-2.25). His mark is just a centimeter shy of the regional standard, but he had a jump of 15.40m last weekend. The freshman was eight inches better than his closest competitor, Emmanuel Neizer of Kansas State.

    MOLLY MOVES INTO MIDEAST REGIONAL
    Junior Molly Beckwith led the charge at the Sea Ray Relays, moving into fourth in the IU record books with the second best time in Division I in the 800-meters. Beckwith finished in 2:04.38 to claim the collegiate title in the 800m. She shed more than two seconds off her career best time and moves into fourth in the IU records, just behind IU legend Hilary Bruening. Her mark is the second fastest in Division I this season.

    Beckwith also ran the fastest leg on Indiana's 4x400m relay team at the Sea Ray Relays. The team's time of 3:43.22 is just shy of the regional standard 3:42.00. The time is the seventh fastest in IU history.

    Beckwith won the 800 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational, finishing a full second ahead of Zoe Buckman of Oregon, the second-place finisher. Beckwith's time of 2:07.28 is more than two seconds faster than the regional standard. Beckwith participated in the NCAA Indoor meet in March in the 800 meters.

    LAWSON LEAPS BACK INTO NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL
    Senior Kiwan Lawson punched his ticket in the long jump at the Alabama Relays, along with seven other Hoosiers.

    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.

    Lawson took second in the long jump, third in the 200m dash and anchored the winning 4x100m relay performance at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Senior Wil Glover and sophomores Cedric Hudson and Devin Pipkin joined Lawson on the track to record a time of 40.99 seconds. The quartet is now just .33 seconds slower than the regional standard.


     

     

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