#IUTF11 Heads West in Search of Big Ten Gold
May 11, 2011
The postseason begins on Friday for IU track and field, as the Hoosiers travel to Iowa City for the Big Ten Championships. The meet begins on Friday at noon ET. Action begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. The meet will be broadcast via tape delay on the Big Ten Network at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.
Indiana returns four outdoor Big Ten Champions in Faith Sherrill (shot put, 2010), Vera Neuenswander (pole vault, 2007), De'Sean Turner (steeplechase, 2010) and Andrew Poore (5,000m, 2010). The IU women look to improve on fourth place a year ago, while the men want to better their 2010 fifth-place showing. This season, three Hoosiers enter the meet atop the Big Ten descending order list in their respective events. Sherrill leads the shot put, Sarah Pease leads the steeplechase and Kind Butler leads the 100m dash.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers had a great day in the vertical jumps, as IU won both the men's and women's high jumps and the women's pole vault. Emma Kimoto took the women's high jump, clearing 1.77m (5-9.75). Kimoto moved into fourth in the IU records and fourth in the Big Ten on the season. Darius King won the men's high jump, clearing 2.09m (6-10.25). The Hoosiers went 1-2 in the women's pole vault. Vera Neuenswander cleared 4.20m (13-9.25) for the win, and Kelsie Ahbe cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) for second.
Kind Butler was the collegiate winner in the 100m and 200m dashes. In the 100, he clocked a time of 10.35 seconds, which leads the Big Ten and is fourth best in IU history. In the 200, he clocked a 21.07.
The 1,500m invitational went to Breanne Ehrman in 4:23.34. Ehrman's time is the eighth best in IU history and was an eight second improvement on her career best.
Jordan Gray won the women's collegiate title in the 800, finishing in 2:07.00. The time is 10th in the IU records and third in the Big Ten this season. The men's 800 went to De'Sean Turner in 1:50.05. Chris Vaughn took the college title in the men's 400m, finishing in 47.42.
Monique Riddick won the women's shot put with a heave of 16.39m (53-9.25), for second in the Big Ten this season. Fabrina Espinoza won the women's long jump, leaping 5.72m (18-9.25) to win by 4.25 inches.
Lyndsey Wall took the collegiate win in the women's 3,000m, finishing in 10:17.19. Nate Morrow and Yoshi Shimizu went 1-2 in the men's 3K, with Morrow winning in 8:31.21. The 3,000m steeplechase went to Robby Kleber, who clocked a time of 9:16.11.
BUTLER CLEANS UP AT HOME
The junior 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 25th 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
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
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 is second in the Big Ten, ranks 10th nationally and fifth 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.
FAITH COMPLETES THE SET
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
VAULTERS ON FIRE
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 and matches Neuenswander for 10th nationally. 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 second in the Big Ten on the season. Chin is tied for 19th in the East and fifth in the Big Ten.
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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