IU Going For the Win at Penn
April 20, 2010
Indiana track and field heads to Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend for the 116th annual Penn Relays. The oldest and largest track meet in the United States, the Penn Relays will feature many of the best collegiate and professional track athletes in the world. Attendance over the course of the three day meet is expected to top 100,000.
The Hoosiers head to Penn for the first time since 2006. The last appearance by the Hoosiers saw Kyle Jenkins take the triple jump title, and in 2005, the Hoosiers scored wins in the shot put (Ryan Ketchum) and 4x400m relay. That relay group was led by eventual Olympic gold medalist David Neville.
The event will receive a great deal of media coverage, including video and audio coverage at PennRelays.com and live video coverage from Thursday to Saturday at Flotrack.org. For IU specific coverage, visit twitter.com/KJatIU.
LAST TIME OUT
Turner clocked a time of 8:48.28 for the win in the 3,000m steeplechase. The time is .02 seconds better than the 30-year-old track record. Beckwith clocked a time of 2:06.85 to win the 800m. Her time broke the nine-year-old Marks Field facility record by more than 3.5 seconds.
Rhoades won the high jump, clearing 1.81m (5-11.25). Rhoades bettered the facility record by a centimeter and was 4.25 inches better than the rest of the field. Engel smashed the facility record in the steeplechase. Her time of 10:41.10 is more than nine seconds better than the previous track best.
Rex Parker won the long jump with a leap of 7.02m (23-0.5). Olu Olamigoke took the title in the triple jump with a leap of 15.44m (50-8). Olamigoke was nearly three feet better than the rest of the field.
Derek Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.21m (7-3). He also took second in the 110m Hurdles with a time of 14.24 seconds. The time is a .20 second improvement on his career mark.
The Hoosiers went 1, 2, 3 in the men's 1,500m all finishing within 0.51 seconds of each other. Danny Stockberger won with a time of 3:48.54. He was followed in by Joe Holahan (3:48.69) and Ben Hubers (3:49.05).
Kind Butler won the 100m with a time of 10.66 seconds, which is just .08 seconds off his career best.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE... AGAIN
Bayer collects his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in 2010 after posting a winning time of 3:41.87 in the 1,500-meter open. The Leo, Ind., native bested the field by more than two seconds and now owns the fifth-best time in Division I this season, and the 10th best time in school history in the event. After his victory in the 1500m, Bayer crossed the line first again in the 800-meter run at 1:50.70. Bayer came around the final turn in third-place and made a pass in the last 10 meters to win by 0.24 seconds. Overall, Bayer's two wins scored 10 points for the Hoosiers' cause.
Drouin posted 13 points for the Hoosiers, winning the high jump and 110m hurdles, while taking second in the javelin at the Border Battle last week. Drouin's clearance of 2.20m (7-2.5) is just two centimeters off his season high and bested the next closest competitor by a full inch. Drouin's clearance is 1.5 inches better than the closest jumper in Big Ten this season and also ranks sixth in the nation. Drouin also won the 110m hurdles in 14.45. It was a career best for Drouin and a .35 improvement on his career mark. The time was the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. In the javelin, Drouin's heave of 51.29m (168-3) was just five inches shy from the winning toss.
Pease led the 3,000-meter steeplechase from the start and won in a school-record time of 10:05.67. The Indiana native finished nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field and owns the Big Ten's best time this season by the same margin. Her time also ranks fifth in Division I and seventh in the world this season, eclipsing her own school record by 0.35 seconds, which she set at the NCAA Championships last year. This is the first Big Ten Athlete of the Week award for the Hoosier junior.
10K = OK
Junior Sarah Pease finished 12th among collegiates in the 10,000m. Her time of 33:51.86 is the fourth-fastest ever by a Hoosier. She moves to No. 12 on the national list. Following Pease in was senior Wendi Robinson in 13th, posting the 13th fastest time in Div. I this season (33:57.31).
In the women's 5k, sophomore Chelsea Blanchard clocked a time of 16:22.62, which is the fourth best in school history. The seventh collegiate to finish, Blanchard is 13th on the descending order list.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE HOOSIERS
Bayer led a talented crop of Hoosier runners at the Stanford Invitational on Friday, placing third in the 5,000-meter run and crossing the finish line in 13:45.75. His effort is the fifth-fastest in school history, behind only IU legends Bob Kennedy, Jim Spivey, Terry Brahm and Stephen Haas.
Coover kicked off the 2010 outdoor season by claiming top honors in the pole vault competition on the final day at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The La Jolla, Calif., native cleared 5.35m (17-6.5) to better the field by a foot and nearly six inches for the individual title. His clearance was just a centimeter off his outdoor career best.
The selection marked the first Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week award for Coover since he collected his first weekly honor as a junior in April 2008. Coover has won four indoor weekly honors from the conference, including two in 2010, and his six career weekly honors are matched only by Kennedy in IU history. Kennedy garnered three honors in cross country and three during the indoor season.
Engel claimed top honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Alabama Relays on Saturday. The product of Indiana was the first to cross the line in a time of 10:46.67. The mark was the sixth-fastest in IU history. Engel closed out the weekend by contributing to Indiana's runner-up finish in the 4x1,500-meter relay with a time of 19:16.70. This is the first Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award for Engel's career.
Drouin finished the first day with a score of 3,711 points, which was just 10 points out of first place. Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.22m (7-3.25). Drouin also posted outdoor bests in the long jump (6.78m), 100m dash (11.50), and shot put (10.29m (33-9.25)).
Drouin finished with 6,592 points for second place, which is the eighth-most in school history. Drouin posted career bests in the 110m hurdles (14.80), the discus (26.30m (86-3)), the javelin (52.33m (171-08)). Drouin's mark in the javelin is more than 24 feet better than his previous career mark. His point total is a 274 point improvement on his previous best.
Breanne Ehrman posted a time of 10:44.65 for fifth in the IU record books and Samantha Ginther moved into sixth. Kelsey Duerksen moved into seventh in the record books as well. At the ISU Quadrangular, Caitlin Engel moved past Ehrman and Ginther for the fourth spot in the records.
Current Hoosiers hold seven of the top-11 times in school history in the event. The times at the Border Battle knocked freshman Erica Ridderman out of the top ten and moved senior Wendi Robinson's time from 2007 down to the tenth spot on the list.
Not to be outdone by the women, the men have made their mark in the steeple this season as well. At the ISU Quadrangular, De'Sean Turner clocked a time of 8:48.28 for the win in the 3,000m steeplechase. The time is .02 seconds better than the 30-year-old track record and moves him into seventh on the national list. Turner moves to fifth all-time in the Indiana record books with a seven second improvement on his career mark. Andrew Poore is also among the top 50 in Division I, coming in at 46 with a time of 9:00.94.
BACK IN CRIMSON
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.
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