Men's Track

    Quad Meet at Hayes Track This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt sophomore Ruth Christopher
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    Redshirt sophomore Ruth Christopher
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    April 14, 2011

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    The 2011 Indiana Invitational puts four teams against each other in a scored meet, the third scored meet of the season for Indiana. Indiana State, Michigan State and Missouri will travel to Bloomington as the Hoosiers host their first outdoor meet of the season. The meet will be scored using a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system, with only two from each team scoring in each event.

    Top athletes from each team include high jumper Major Clay and NCAA Champion thrower Felisha Johnson for the Sycamores, Big Ten champions in distance runner Emily MacLeod and high jumper Rebecca Buchholtz for the Spartans, as well as sprinter Kenneth Chambers and Big 12 runner-up pole vaulter Brian Hancock for the Tigers.

    A year after the state of Kentucky won bragging rights at the Border Battle: "Kentuckiana," the Hoosier state exacted revenge. IU and Notre Dame's track and field programs combined to defeat Louisville and Kentucky last weekend. The "Hoosierland" men won 104-96 and the women took out the "Commonwealth" women 103-96. The Hoosiers had outstanding performances from Faith Sherrill and Vera Neuenswander on the day.

    Sherrill moved into the nation's top three with a winning heave of 17.49m (57-4.75) in the shot put. She was more than four feet better than her closest competitor.

    Neuenswander and Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault. Neuenswander cleared 4.25m (13-11.25) for the win. She moves into the nation's top 10 on the season with the clearance. Ahbe took second, clearing 4.15m (13-7.25). No other competitor cleared 13 feet.

    Indiana went 1-2-3 in the 1,500m, with Ben Hubers taking the win in 3:47.15. Andrew Poore and De'Sean Turner were right behind in 3:47.97 and 3:48.51 respectively. Turner and Poore doubled back to take second and third in the 3,000m steeplechase, behind defending NCAA champion Matt Hughes of Louisville. Turner was done in 8:58.07 and Poore in 8:58.63.

    Kind Butler won the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay titles on the day. He clocked a time of 10.53 seconds in the 100, and Devin Pipkin took second in 10.62. In the 200, Butler crossed the line in 21.45. The Hoosiers won the 4x100 in 40.43.

    The women's steeplechase saw Hoosiers finish first and second. Sarah Pease won in 10:29.28 and Breanne Ehrman was second in 10:30.54.

    Fabrina Espinoza won the women's triple jump, leaping 11.96m (39-3), which is good for ninth in the IU record books. Emma Kimoto cleared 1.73m (5-8) for the win in the high jump.

    Chris Vaughn took the men's 400 meters in 47.66, nearly a full second ahead of the second-place finisher. Jordan Gray won the women's 800 in 2:10.17.

    Indiana won the women's 4x400m relay by more than four and a half seconds, with An-Marie Clarke, Aireonna Bailey, Ruth Christopher and Gray clocking a time of 3:43.26.

    In the 4x100m relay, the Hoosiers provided a surprise to the usually dominant SEC sprinters, taking the win with a time of 39.84 seconds at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin brought home the win for IU, clocking the second-fastest time in school history and just the second ever sub-40-second time for IU. They rank 13th nationally and first in the Big Ten this season.

    Andrew Poore opened his outdoor campaign much like he closed the indoor season. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he ran the fastest 5,000m race in school history and followed it up with an All-America performance in the 3,000 meters. At the Stanford Invite, he upped the ante, running the fastest 10,000 meter time in IU history.

    Poore clocked a time of 28:48.02 for fifth place in the 10K. His time is the fastest ever by a Hoosier, surpassing IU legend Pat Mandera, whose converted 6-mile time of 28:49.2 had stood as the IU record for 39 years. Stephen Haas had the best non-converted time, a 2006 race at Mt. SAC that went 28:52.30. Poore's time is the fifth-best nationally this season and ranks third in the East.

    At the Border Battle, Poore clocked a 3,000m steeplechase time of 8:58.63, which ranks 10th nationally this season.

    Junior Chelsea Blanchard inched closer to stamping her name atop the IU record books at the Stanford Invitational. She clocked a blazing time of 16:11.84 for fifth among collegiate runners in the women's 5K. The time is the second fastest in IU history, surpassing Jessica Gall. Her time is sixth nationally on the season and leads the Big Ten.

    Senior Vera Neuenswander matched a Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week performance in the Hoosiers first meet of the outdoor season with an even more impressive performance in the second meet of the season. The Big Ten has honored Neuenswander as the week's best field athlete twice this season. The senior from Jefferson City, Mo., has moved to the top of the Big Ten in the pole vault, inching closer to her school record from two seasons ago.

    Neuenswander and teammate Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault at the Border Battle, scoring eight points in the event for the Hoosierland. Neuenswander cleared 4.25m (13-11.25) for the win. She leads the Big Ten by two inches, ranks 8th nationally and 5th in the East on the season with the clearance. She was four inches better than Ahbe in second place, and no other competitor cleared 13 feet.

    Neuenswander rejoined the nation's elite with the clearance, doing so at the site of her career best. She cleared 4.31m (14-1.75) at the same facility in 2009, before going on to finish as the NCAA runner up. After redshirting in 2010 to do her student teaching, the senior is rounding back into top form.

    Senior Faith Sherrill wants to go down as the best thrower in IU history, but there is one IU record she still has yet to attain.

    Sherrill moved into the nation's top three with a winning heave of 17.49m (57-4.75) in the shot put at the Border Battle. She was more than four feet better than her closest competitor. The mark is just 1.5 inches away from Katrin Koch's IU record of 17.53m (57-6.25). Sherrill has the IU records in the shot put and weight throw indoors and the hammer throw outdoors, so the outdoor shot put mark would complete the set.

    The Hoosiers will be without several key contributors during the outdoor season. National Field Athlete of the Year Derek Drouin will miss the outdoor season after suffering a foot injury. Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year Andy Bayer is taking a planned redshirt to make up for lost training due to injury in 2010.

    Drouin sustained a foot injury while competing in the high jump at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. The injury will require surgery and will cause Drouin to sit out the 2011 outdoor season. While recovery and rehab will take time, Indiana's medical staff expects Drouin to make a complete recovery. Drouin will seek a medical hardship redshirt for this outdoor season and return to competition once his rehab is complete.

    The junior from Corunna, Ontario, won his third NCAA title in the high jump, and his second-straight indoors on March 12, clearing a Canadian-record tying 7-7.75. His jump broke the all-time Big Ten record as well and earned him National Field Athlete of the Year honors. Drouin won his fourth Big Ten high jump crown as well, tying his own Big Ten meet record in the process, en route to Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year honors as well. Drouin's meet-best at NCAAs moved him into a tie for third indoors all-time in the collegiate ranks. Drouin was also named to the watch list for "The Bowerman," the top prize in collegiate track and field.

    The Hoosiers will also be without middle distance specialists Joe Holahan and Ashley Baker, who both scored at the Big Ten Indoor meet in the 800m, pole vaulter Stefano Koufidis, and distance runner Arianne Raby as they will all redshirt outdoors.

    Fans of IU track and field will have access to greatly expanded coverage of the Hoosiers in 2011. Media Relations contact Kyle Johnson will be covering the Hoosiers all season long on Twitter, Facebook and His Twitter posts will include live updates from meets all season long.

    Weekly Youtube videos, previews, recaps, photo galleries, results and much, much more will be available all season long. You can get updates on your mobile device or computer via Twitter by following Johnson at or via Facebook at



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