April 21, 2009
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The Hoosiers will compete in two meets this weekend, the Drake Relays and the Stan Lyons Invitational. Drake hosts one of the country’s largest meets, and several Hoosiers have qualified to compete at the prestigious event. In 2008, Indiana claimed two titles at the meet. Kyle Jenkins took the triple jump crown and a team of Evan Bardach, John Gunnell, Ben Hubers and Brennon Plotner won the distance medley relay. 2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the Drake Relays. The meet will open with multi competition on Wednesday, April 22. The meet won’t get into full swing until Friday, though. The Hoosiers will get the opportunity to compete head-to-head with some of the world’s best. The meet is expected to draw 1,636 collegiate athletes from 102 teams. There will also be 66 countries represented at the meet, with IU’s Derek Drouin being one of 70 from Canada.
IU heads to the Stan Lyons Invitational for the second straight year. In 2008, the Hoosiers reeled in four regional qualifications and seven event wins at the meet. The Hoosiers will send a larger group this year than last year, including the pole vaulting group, which features three female and one male regional qualifier. Senior Kyle Lechlitner and junior Laura Williams will look to build upon their regional qualifying performances at the Indiana Invitational.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana’s women took first place and the men second as the two-day Indiana Invitational wrapped up Saturday at Billy Hayes Track. Vera Neuenswander, Molly Beckwith, Ashley Rhoades, Tiffany Howard and the 4x400m relay team won events for the Hoosier women, who finished with 198 points. Michigan State was second with 177, followed by Southern Illinois (143) and Indiana State (141).
De’Sean Turner, Andy Bayer, Paul Fearnow and Olu Olamigoke scored victories for the Indiana men , who finished with 177 points. The Spartans won with 196, while Indiana State was third with 163 and Southern Illinois fourth with 117.
Indiana posted 14 regional marks over the course of the meet. On the men’s side, Bayer, Olamigoke, Fearnow, Turner, Kyle Lechlitner, Jared Nuxoll and Derek Drouin all posted regional qualifications. For the women, Beckwith, Neuenswander, Rhoades, Howard, and Laura Williams beat the regional mark.
LAURA LANDS IN LOUISVILLE
Junior Laura Williams finished third in the pole vault at the Indiana Invitational with a height of 3.85m (12-07.50) qualifying her for the regional competition. Williams’ mark is the fourth best in IU history and the regional qualification is the first of her career. The Marion, Ohio, native improved her career mark by 20 centimeters. Williams is the third IU woman to qualify for the regional in the pole vault this season.
KYLE CLIMBS INTO REGIONAL
Senior pole vaulter Kyle Lechlitner posted a regional qualifying jump of 5.05m (16-06.75) and finished second at the Indiana Invitational. The mark is the first regional qualification of his career. Lechlitner cleared the same height as the winning vaulter from Southern Illinois but took second after tiebreakers. The jump is a 15 centimeter improvement for Lechlitner on the career mark he posted at the Pepsi Team Invite earlier this season.
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.
Chin, who cleared the regional standard of 3.85m (12-7.5), is the IU record hoder in the pole vault. Chin’s mark got her fourth place. Chin advanced to the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Chin is one of three Indiana women that have qualified in the pole vault this season.
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.
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.
Smith was also on Indiana’s winning 4x400m relay teams at the Sea Ray Relays and the Indiana Invite. The team’s time of 3:43.22 at the Sea Ray Relays is just shy of the regional standard 3:42.00. The time is the seventh fastest in IU history.
JARED JUMPS REGIONAL HEIGHT
Junior Jared Nuxoll finished strong at the Indiana Invite. The Effingham, Ill., product took fourth in the high jump, qualifying for regional competition by clearing 2.10m (6-10.75). The mark is a new career best for Nuxoll, adding three centimeters to his previous mark. He is now within reach of IU’s all-time top 10,
PEASE PUTS HER NAME AMONG IU’S ALL-TIME BEST
Sarah Pease posted her first regional mark this weekend at the 3,000m steeplechase. The junior had the fastest time in the event, 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.
Pease posted her second regional mark of the season at the Indiana Invitational. Pease was second in the 5,000m run, finishing in 16:34.21. Her time is about 18 seconds faster than the regional standard and puts her at number five in the IU record books.
DROUIN CLEARS THE REGIONAL STANDARD
Freshman Derek Drouin finished second in the men’s high jump on Saturday at the Indiana Invite setting a career mark of 2.14m (7-00.25). Drouin’s jump was the seventh best in school history. He improved his season- and career-best mark by a centimeter
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.
HOWARD’S HEAVES MAKE THE GRADE
Indiana took first and second place in the women’s shot put at the Indiana Invite. Senior Tiffany Howard continued her strong season winning the event and finishing with a heave of 15.91m (52-02.50), which puts her fourth in school history and third in the Big Ten this season.
Howard won the shot put at the Pepsi Team Invitational. 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 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 almost two feet past than the regional standard and puts her in the top five in the conference.
RHOADES FLIES HER WAY TO LOUISVILLE
Leading the way for the Hoosiers at the Pepsi Team Invite 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. The clearance is good enough for a B qualification for the USA Championships.
FEARNOW FINDS HIS WAY
Senior Paul Fearnow’s heave of 61.65m (202-3) at the Indiana Invite is the third best in IU history and is the third weekly improvement on his season mark for the Elkhart, Ind., native. He bettered his previous career best by just under two meters and beat the regional standard by more than five feet. The second-place throw, by Michigan State’s Anthony Agrusa, was more than five feet shorter than Fearnow’s mark. Fearnow is just the third Hoosier to ever cross the 200-foot mark and the 60-meter mark in the hammer throw. Fearnow is among the conference’s top three in the hammer.
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.
KRISTEN IS KENTUCKY-BOUND
Tiffany Howard wasn’t the only Hoosier to best the regional standard in the shot put this season, as sophomore Kristen Crawford has done the same.
Crawford claimed a second-place finish with a throw of 14.83m (48-8) at the Indiana Invite. Crawford’s toss marked the eighth-best throw in school history and was a 5.75-inch improvement on her season and career mark. Crawford is among the top five in the Big Ten this season.
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
Freshman Andy 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.
Bayer capped off Friday night at the Indiana Invite with the second regional mark of his young career, this one coming in the 5,000 meters. Bayer won the 5,000m with a regional time of 14:07.21. He was 25 seconds faster than his closest competitor and nearly five seconds faster than the regional mark.
OLU IS BIG TEN’S BEST IN TRIPLE JUMP
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 10 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 and the Indiana Invitational, and the freshman added the long jump title to his credits at the Indiana Invite as well.
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. Neuenswander is one of three Hoosier women that have regionally qualified in the pole vault this season.
WENDI CONDITIONS AHEAD FOR LOUISVILLE, FAYETTEVILLE AND EUGENE
Senior Wendi Robinson made history on Thursday night at the Mt. SAC Relays, running the second-fastest 10,000 meters in IU history. Robinson took fourth place in the first 10,000m race of her IU career.
Robinson’s time of 33:40.79 is slower than only the legendary Michelle Dekkers in IU lore. She moves past All-American Jessica Gall for second in the Indiana records. Less than three seconds separated Robinson from the race winner, Catherine White of Arkansas, in the 25-lap race. The Danville, Ind., native’s time is faster than the provisional NCAA standard of 34:59.7 and should be fast enough to garner a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., in June.
Her time is also better than the ‘A’ standard for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She is nearly five seconds faster than the standard, which means Robinson has a trip to Eugene, Ore., scheduled for late June. It will be her second trip to Eugene, as the Hoosiers competed at the Pepsi Team Invitational on April 4.
At the Pepsi Team Invitational, Robinson took third in the 1,500m run. Her time of 4:24.68 is the ninth fastest in IU history. She also bettered the regional standard by more than three seconds. Robinson’s time was the eighth fastest in school history, but fellow junior Molly Beckwith beat it at the Indiana Invitational.
BECKWITH MAKING A RUN AT SEVERAL REGIONAL BERTHS
Junior Molly Beckwith took second in the 1,500m run at the Indiana Invite, finishing in a regional time of 4:23.78. She was more than four seconds faster than the regional mark and just .55 seconds behind the winning time by MSU’s Lisa Senakiewich. The time is the eighth fastest in IU history, besting teammate Wendi Robinson’s mark from the Pepsi Team Invitational two weeks ago.
The women’s 400-meter dash was swept by Indiana’s juniors Beckwith and Audrey Smoot. Beckwith won the event by running the sixth best time in IU history with a time of 54.64 and Smoot placed second, finishing with in 56.09 seconds. Beckwith was just .03 seconds shy of the regional standard of 54.61.
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 and is better than the USA Championships ‘A’ standard.
Beckwith also ran the fastest leg on Indiana’s winning 4x400m relay teams at the Sea Ray Relays and the Indiana Invite. The team’s time of 3:43.22 at the Sea Ray Relays is just shy of the regional standard 3:42.00. The time is the seventh fastest in IU history.
KIWAN SITS ATOP THE BIG TEN
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.