Men's Track

    Columbus Calling Hoosiers, As Classic Looms

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Olu Olamigoke
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Olu Olamigoke
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 29, 2010

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    The Hoosiers head to Columbus, Ind., for the Jesse Owens Classic. The two day event begins on Fri., Apr. 30 and concludes on Sat., May 1. The meet will be contested at Jesse Owens Memorial Track on the campus of the Ohio State University, and it will be broadcast via tape delay by the Big Ten Network on May 8 at Noon ET.

    The 2009 Jesse Owens Classic saw three Hoosiers claim event victories and several post historic times and marks. Current Hoosiers that posted regional qualifying marks at the meet last season include Wendi Robinson, Lindsey Hartman, Molly Beckwith, Kristen Crawford, and Derek Drouin.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana closed out the Penn Relays with a great showing. Derek Drouin and Sarah Pease led the way, taking the high jump championship and the 3,000m steeplechase title respectively. Indiana won two events over the course of the three-day meet and had 14 top-five finishes.

    Drouin cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the Penn Relay crown. He was 2.25 inches better than the rest of the field and matched his season mark. Drouin was able to clear bars on his first attempts despite a raucous and distracting crowd. Drouin is the second IU high jumper to win the Penn crown, joining Cal Boyd, who won in 1954 with a clearance of 6-7.

    Pease won the 3,000m steeplechase championship with a time of 10:16.51. She was nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Pease's Penn Relays title is the first by a Hoosier since 2006. Pease's time is the sixth fastest in Penn Relays history. Pease is the first Hoosier to win the event at the Penn Relays and just the second Big Ten athlete to win the steeplechase at the meet.

    Jeff Coover took third in the championship section of the pole vault. He cleared 5.30m (17-4.5). Faith Sherrill posted a huge improvement on her outdoor career best in the shot put. She took second with a 72-centimeter improvement on her career best. On her final throw, Sherrill let go of a bomb that traveled 16.46m (54-7.25).

    In the women's 4x1500m relay Championship of America, Indiana took fourth place. IU took fourth in the men's Championship of America 4xMile relay.

    WEEKLY HONOR TOTAL UP TO EIGHT
    Sophomore Derek Drouin and junior Sarah Pease have been named Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the week for the week of April 18-24, the conference has announced. Pease and Drouin each won Penn Relays titles over the weekend.

    Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Pease and Drouin each stepped up on a larger stage and put forth performances worthy of these honors.

    "At a meet like the Penn Relays, student-athletes are dealing with the nerves and distractions that come with being in front of a much larger audience," Helmer said. "These two were able to step up and perform well in that environment."

    Drouin cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the Penn Relay crown. He was 2.25 inches better than the rest of the field and matched his season mark. Drouin was able to clear bars on his first attempts despite a raucous and distracting crowd. Drouin is the second IU high jumper to win the Penn crown, joining Cal Boyd, who won in 1954 with a clearance of 6-7.

    Pease won the 3,000m steeplechase championship with a time of 10:16.51. She was nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Pease's Penn Relays title is the first by a Hoosier since 2006. Pease's time is the sixth fastest in Penn Relays history. She is the first Hoosier to win the event at the Penn Relays and just the second Big Ten athlete to win the steeplechase at the meet.

    BIG TEN HONORS THREE... AGAIN
    Sophomores Andy Bayer and Derek Drouin and junior Sarah Pease have been named Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the week for the week April 4-11, the conference has announced on April 14. The three Hoosiers all scored wins at the Border Battle, posting marks that rank among the best in the conference and the nation.

    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
    At the Stanford Invitational, redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore finished the 10,000m in 28:58.07 for 11th among collegiates. He is only the third Hoosier to finish the 10k in under 29 minutes. He has the 15th-best time in Div. I this season. Freshman Zach Mayhew also posted a historic time in the 10k, finishing in 29:19.57 for the fifth spot on the IU all-time list and 24th on the national list.

    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 15th, posting the 17th fastest time in Div. I this season (33:57.31).

    FAST FIVES
    At the Stanford Invitational, sophomore Andy Bayer finished the 5,000m in 13:45.75 for third among collegiate runners and the third-best time in Div. I this season. Bayer's time is the fifth-fastest in school history, behind only IU legends Bob Kennedy, Jim Spivey, Terry Brahm and Stephen Haas. Bayer was followed in by sophomore Ben Hubers, who finished in 13:56.21, which is the eighth-fastest time in school history, surpassing Sean Jefferson. Hubers' time is the 12th fastest in Div. I this season.

    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
    Sophomore Andy Bayer, senior Jeff Coover and sophomore Caitlin Engel were named Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the week for the first week of the outdoor season, the conference announced on April 7. Bayer and Coover each posted marks over the weekend that rank third in Division I on the season. Engel posted a win with the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 3,000m steeplechase.

    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.

    STEEPLE PEOPLE
    In just two meets, the Indiana women have already rewritten the 3,000m steeplechase records this season. Junior Sarah Pease broke her own school record at the Border Battle, finishing in 10:05.67. She was followed in by three Hoosiers who also posted top-ten times in IU lore.

    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. Ehrman jumped Engel once again with a time of 10:40.46 at the Penn Relays for fourth.

    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.

    THE AIR UP THERE
    After an indoor season that concluded with an NCAA title in the high jump, Derek Drouin wasted no time getting into the national discussion in the high jump at the Alabama Relays. Drouin cleared 2.22m (7-3.5) in the decathlon high jump, putting himself among the top-seven nationally in the high jump.

    Drouin matched his season best at the Penn Relays, taking home the championship. Drouin

    Senior Ashley Rhoades won the high jump at the ISU Quadrangular, 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. The clearance ties her career best outdoors and puts her among the nation's top ten this season.

    HAVE FAITH IN THE HOOSIERS
    Junior Faith Sherrill posted a huge improvement on her outdoor career best in the shot put. She took second with a 72-centimeter improvement on her career best at the Penn Relays. On her final throw, Sherrill let go of a bomb that traveled 16.46m (54-7.25). Sherrill finished behind only NCAA Champion Mariam Kevkhishvilli of Florida. 16.64m is the seventh-best mark in Division I this season.

     

     

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