IU Looking to Win at Penn
April 26, 2011
Track and field fans from around the world travel to Philadelphia every April to see the world's elite compete at the Penn Relay Carnival. The meet, hosted at historic Franklin Field annually attracts more than 100,000 fans and provides some of the most exciting relays in the world. The Hoosiers head to the meet for the second-straight season.
In its 117th year, Indiana has played a big role in the meet throughout the years. Four spots on the Penn Relays' Wall of Fame belong to Hoosiers and Greg Bell and Robert Cannon each earned Athlete of the Meet honors. The Hoosiers have won 13 relay championships all-time but look to end a 57-year drought this weekend. Last year, the Hoosiers got wins from Sarah Pease in the steeplechase and Derek Drouin in the high jump. Pease ran the fourth-fastest steeple time in the history of the meet for the win. She'll look to become just the second female steepler ever to repeat as Penn Relays champ in the event
LAST TIME OUT
Kristen Crawford won the hammer throw, with a lifetime best of better than a meter, a bomb that traveled 55.20m (181-1). Tommy Smith took the men's shot put and the hammer throw with career-best heaves of 16.65m (54-7.5) and 59.05m (193-9). Faith Sherrill won the women's shot put with a throw of 17.40m (57-1) and Monique Riddick finished second with a throw of 16.12m (52-10.75). Sherrill also won the discus, launching a throw of 48.05m (157-8). Emma Kimoto won the women's high jump, clearing 1.67m (5-5.75).
Aireonna Bailey posted an incredible finish in the 100m. She moved from third to first in the final five meters for the win, clocking a time of 11.93 seconds. Bailey then helped the Hoosiers to a win in the 4x400m relay. The Hoosiers won with a time of 3:40.49.
The Hoosiers won the 4x100m relay, with Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin finishing in 40.16 seconds. The time was more than a second-better than the other five teams, and it is ranked sixth all-time at Indiana. Ann-Marie Clarke won the 400m hurdles, clocking a time of 1:00.29 to win by more than a seconds.
Breanne Ehrman won the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:19.10, and Erica Ridderman was second in 10:43.15. The times are the fourth- and sixth-fastest times in IU lore respectively. Sarah Pease was the top collegiate in the women's 5,000m. She finished in 16:31.68, behind only professional runner Mason Cathey.
Ben Hubers took the 1,500m race in 3:48.02. He was followed in by unattached runner Joe Holahan (3:50.24) and teammates Zach Mayhew (3rd, 3:50.45) and Andy Weatherford (4th, 3:52.12). The men's 800 went to De'Sean Turner in 1:50.50. Danny Stockberger took second in 1:51.71
BUTLER CLEANS UP AT HOME
His time is the seventh-best in IU history at a distance where Hoosiers have won six Olympic medals, including four golds, and it ranks 25th nationally and second in the Big Ten this season.
Butler then anchored the Hoosiers to a win in the 4x400m relay, clocking a time of 3:11.73, which is just .12 shy of the meet record. Butler provided an anchor split of 46.6 seconds.
In cold and rainy conditions on Saturday, the Hoosiers also got a win in the men's 4x100m relay. Butler ran the second leg, helping IU to win by more than a second, clocking a meet record of 40.76 in retched conditions. Butler ran on the Hoosiers season best 39.84 in the 4x100, which ranks 16th nationally and leads the Big Ten.
POORE PERFORMANCES ALWAYS PLEASANT
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 eighth-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 25th nationally this season.
CHELSEA CHASES HISTORY
THE 9-SWANDER OF THE WORLD
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. Ahbe is 17th on the NCAA descending order list.
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.
FAITH SEES A HOLE IN HER COLLECTION
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, putting her fourth on the national descending order list. 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.
FOUR BY ONE GETS IT DONE
DROUIN, BAYER AMONG OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS
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.
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