Indiana wraps up the regular season this weekend with the Billy Hayes Invitational. The meet provides one last tune up efore the Big Ten Championships next week in Iowa City. The Hoosiers host the annual meet in honor of IU legend E.C. Billy Hayes. Hayes coached track and field and football at Indiana and the Polytan surface at Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex is named in his honor.
The 2010 Billy Hayes Invite marked the first meet on the new Polytan Surface. The Friday-night meet saw Indiana win seven events, including a facility record in the 800 meters from Molly Beckwith and a school record in the hammer throw from Faith Sherrill. More facility records were broken at the meet, as Cory Martin broke the men's hammer throw record and Indiana State's Kylie Hutson broke the women's pole vault mark.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana had a great weekend at the Penn Relays, headlined by a win and school record-breaking performance from Faith Sherrill in the shot put and stellar relay performances by the men's team.
Sherrill recorded a heave of 17.64m (57-10.5) to win by almost four feet. The Hoosier surpassed Katrin Koch's IU record by 4.25 inches. Fittingly, Koch was the last Hoosier to win the Penn Relays shot put crown. Sherrill wins the fourth Penn Relays shot put crown in IU history. Sherrill's throw is the eighth-best in the history of the meet.
The men's sprinters advanced to Championship of America finals in the 4x100m relay and 4x200m relay. Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin ran both relays in that order. The group clocked a time of 39.93 for fourth in the prelims, advancing into the eight-team final, where they took fifth. The quartet also advanced to the eight team field in the 4x200, clocking a time of 1:23.58. They finished sixth in the final The Hoosiers were the only team from the north in either final.
Andy Weatherford, De'Sean Turner, Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers clocked a time of 16:22.02 in the 4xMile Championship of America for third place. Weatherford ran a lead leg of 4:07.6, Turner followed with an impressive 4:01.3 split, Poore clocked a 4:08.3 and Hubers ran a 4:04.8. The collective time is the fifth-fastest in IU lore. The Hoosiers were also fourth in the Distance Medley Championship of America on Friday.
Emma Kimoto won the collegiate section of the women's high jump, matching her career best of 1.75m (5-8.75) for the win. The clearance is the sixth-best in IU history.
The Hoosiers had a stellar meet in the women's pole vault. Kelsie Ahbe and Vera Neuenswander went 1-2 in the championship section. Ahbe cleared a career-best 4.25m (13-11.25), which was better than the Penn Relays record coming into the day, which puts her second in the meet's all-time records. Neuenswander cleared 4.15m (13-7.25) for third. In the college section, Stephanie Chin cleared 4.00m (13-1.5), which was the winning height, and took third on number of misses.
BUTLER CLEANS UP AT HOME Kind Butler typically makes his mark in the 60, 100 and 200, but on day two of the Indiana Invitational he put on a display in the 400m, clocking a meet record of 46.37. He was nearly a full second better than his closest competitor, Yury Ratomski of Michigan State.
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 second in the Big Ten this season.
Butler ran on the Hoosiers season best 39.84 in the 4x100, which ranks 24th nationally and is second in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers advanced to the Championship of America finals at Penn Relays in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. They were the only northern team to do so.
POORE PERFORMANCES ALWAYS PLEASANT Andrew Poore opened his outdoor campaign much like he closed the indoor season. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he ran the fastest 5,000m race in school history and followed it up with an All-America performance in the 3,000 meters. At the Stanford Invite, he upped the ante, running the fastest 10,000 meter time in IU history.
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 14th-best nationally this season and ranks sixth in the East.
THE 9-SWANDER OF THE WORLD
Senior Vera Neuenswander matched a Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week performance in the Hoosiers first meet of the outdoor season with an even more impressive performance in the second meet of the season. The Big Ten has honored Neuenswander as the week's best field athlete twice this season. The senior from Jefferson City, Mo., has moved to the top of the Big Ten in the pole vault, inching closer to her school record from two seasons ago.
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.
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.
VAULTERS ON FIRE
With Vera Neuenswander already among the top 10 nationally in the women's pole vault, things were looking pretty good for Indiana in that event. After the Penn Relays, things are looking great.
Kelsie Ahbe and Vera Neuenswander went 2-3 in the championship section. Ahbe cleared a career-best 4.25m (13-11.25), which was better than the Penn Relays record coming into the day and puts her second in the meet's all-time records. The sophomore moves into a tie for second all-time at IU. In the college section, Stephanie Chin cleared 4.00m (13-1.5), which was the winning height, and took third on number of misses.
The three vaulters are the only Hoosier women ever to clear four meters, and they are all jumping at that height at the same time. Ahbe and Neuenswander are tied for fifth in the East region and first in the Big Ten on the season. Chin is tied for 19th in the East and fifth in the Big Ten.
FAITH COMPLETES THE SET
Senior Faith Sherrill recorded a heave of 17.64m (57-10.5) to win by almost four feet in the Penn Relays shot put. The Hoosier surpassed NCAA Champion Katrin Koch's IU record by 4.25 inches. Fittingly, Koch was the last Hoosier to win the Penn Relays shot put crown. Koch won in 1990 after IU's Angie Ryker won in 1989 and 1988. Sherrill wins the fourth Penn Relays shot put crown in IU history.
Sherrill's throw is the eighth-best in the 117-year history of the meet. With her school record, she moves into second on the NCAA descending order list this season and leads the Big Ten by more than four feet. The school record is her fourth, completing a set that includes the indoor and outdoor shot put records, the indoor weight throw record and the outdoor hammer throw mark. She collected Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for the performance.
FOUR BY ONE GETS IT DONE
In the 4x100m relay, the Hoosiers provided a surprise to the usually dominant SEC sprinters, winning with a time of 39.84 seconds at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin brought home the win for IU, clocking the second-fastest time in school history. They have two sub-40 times, this season.. They rank 24th nationally and second in the Big Ten this season.
DROUIN, BAYER AMONG OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS
The Hoosiers will be without several key contributors during the outdoor season. National Field Athlete of the Year Derek Drouin will miss the outdoor season after suffering a foot injury. Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year Andy Bayer is taking a planned redshirt to make up for lost training due to injury in 2010.
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.
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