May 2, 2005
The Indiana track and field teams will host its last regular-season home meet, the 27th annual Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 6. The first event, the women's hammer throw, is set to start at 4:00 p.m. and the last event, the men's 4x400m relay is slated for 8:20 p.m.
HISTORY OF THE BILLY HAYES INVITATIONAL
This is the 27th annual Billy Hayes Invitational, dating back to 1979. From 1925-1943, Earle C. Hayes contributed to the world of running throughout his career as the head coach of the Indiana men's track and field and cross country teams. Hayes coached 10 NCAA champions, 42 All-Americans and five Big Ten champions in indoor and outdoor track and field combined.
RECAP OF PENN/DRAKE RELAYS (MEN)
Junior Ryan Ketchum provided excitement for the Indiana men's track and field team at the 111th annual Penn Relays as he captured the shot put title (college men section) with a mark of 17.97m (58-11.50). Ketchum also competed in the discus championships and took home an 11th-place finish after heaving a 49.06m (160-11.00).
In other events of this prestigious track meet, sophomore Stephanos Ioannou came in 10th place overall in the 110 meter hurdles with at time of 14.42.
Competing in the final day of the Penn Relays, the Indiana 4x400m relay team was crowned the champion of the college men section of this event on Saturday, April 29. The group, consisting of freshman Doug Dayhoff, senior Rodney Hollis, junior Andre Grimes and sophomore David Neville crossed the finish line in an impressive time of 3:10.08, a time that just barely missed the regional qualifying standard of 3:10.00.
The Hoosier mile relay team also turned in a solid performance as they took a third-place finish, clocking in a time of 16:25.11. This time ranks third on the IU all-time list.
Eric Redman got things started for the junior quartet, as he ran the first leg in 4:07.6. Sean Jefferson followed with a 4:01.8 split and finally, Stephen Haas (4:10.3) and John Jefferson (4:05.4) finished things off. The Hoosiers went up against some tough competition, including the winner of the race Michigan, who set a new collegiate record with a time of 16:04.54 and Arkansas, the three-time defending champion in this event.
At the 96th annual Drake Relays, senior Aarik Wilson won both the long (16.59m/54-05.25) and triple (7.88m/25-10.25) jump events. Both marks were season-bests.
NCAA MIDEAST REGIONALS COME TO BLOOMINGTON
Indiana University's E.C. "Billy" Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Track and Field Championships on May 27-28.
The NCAA Mideast Regionals, which have only been in effect for two years, come to Bloomington after being held at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004 and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes can qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that are above the standard, but can also qualify by winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
"This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."
NEXT ON SLATE
The Hoosiers are back in action next weekend, May 13-15 when they take part in the 2005 Big Ten Men's and Women's Outdoor Track Championships. This year's championships will be held in Columbus, Ohio on the campus of Ohio State. BIGTEN.org will feature complete coverage, including live updates, of this year's Championships.