Indiana Plays Host to Big Ten Track and Field Championships
May 12, 2010
Indiana hosts the Big Ten Championships for the first time since 2001 this weekend. The meet will take place on a brand new Polytan surface and will serve as the first major meet on the new Billy Hayes Track. Indiana enters the meet looking to improve on fifth and 10th place finishes by the women and men, respectively, in 2009. Seven Hoosiers enter the weekend with marks that lead the conference on the season (Molly Beckwith in the 800m, Sarah Pease in the 10,000m, Ashley Rhoades in the high jump, Faith Sherrill in the hammer throw, Derek Drouin in the high jump, Jeff Coover in the pole vault and Olu Olamigoke in the triple jump).
The last time IU hosted the Big Ten outdoor meet was in 2001, a meet that saw the IU women take home their second outdoor Big Ten team title and the most recent in IU history. The IU men have won 11 outdoor team titles, with the most recent coming in 1991. IU enters the meet with five Big Ten champions on its roster (Drouin twice, Rhoades twice, Coover, Sherrill and Beckwith).
LAST TIME OUT
Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:02.18, bettering her own track record by .33 seconds. Beckwith was followed in by Lindsey Hartman who took second in 2:06.40, which is second in the Big Ten this season behind Beckwith. Ashley Baker took fourth with a time of 2:08.21.
Sherrill broke the IU record in the hammer throw with a huge improvement on her career mark. Her heave of 58.46m (191-9) is 13 feet and five inches better than her previous mark and 13 feet and four inches better than the previous IU record.
Derek Drouin bettered his season mark with a clearance of 2.23m (7-3.75). He was 19 centimeters better than the rest of the field. Olu Olamigoke recorded a leap of 15.62m (51-3) in the triple jump. He was more than four feet better than the rest of the field and leads the Big Ten by 40 centimeters.
Erica Ridderman took the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:45.40. The Hoosiers took the men's 4x100m relay with a time of 40.36. Beckwith anchored the women's 4x400m relay to a 10 second win, in 3:46.63.
Jeff Coover took the pole vault crown, clearing 5.30m (17-4.5). Ashley Rhoades won the high jump with a clearance of 1.77m (5-9.75). Logan Griffith was the collegiate winner in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.74 seconds.
Beckwith was followed in by Lindsey Hartman who took second in 2:06.40, which is second in the Big Ten this season behind Beckwith. Hartman's time is seventh fastest in IU lore. Ashley Baker took fourth with a time of 2:08.21 and Jordan Gray was sixth with a time of 2:09.57.
With four Hoosiers under 2:10 this season and five under 2:11, the Hoosiers enter the Big Ten Championships with three of the top-five times in the event and five of the top 12.
OLU IS OKIE-DOKIE
Olamigoke recorded a leap of 15.62m (51-3) at the Billy Hayes Invitational. His jump is the ninth best in IU history and is just 1cm out of seventh in a section of the IU records that includes two NCAA Champions and 13 Big Ten crowns, which is five more than the next most in Big Ten history.
THE AIR UP THERE
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 13 this season. She currently leads the Big Ten.
KEEPING WITH TRADITION
Coover won the pole vault with a clearance of 5.35m (17-6.5) at the Alabama Relays. He was a foot and nearly six inches better than his closest competitor. His clearance is just a centimeter off his outdoor career best. His jump is good for the 13th spot on the national list. Coover is tops in the Big Ten this season.
Ahbe joined the four-meter club for second in the college section of the pole vault at the Penn Relays. Ahbe was one of only two vaulters to clear 4.06m (13-3.75) on the day and finished second after tie breakers. Ahbe is the third Hoosier ever to clear four meters and the third to clear 13 feet. Her jump is the third highest in IU lore. The clearance is 2.25 inches better than the previous meet record for the college section. Ahbe's clearance is among the nation's top 36 this season and is fifth in the Big Ten.
HAVE FAITH IN THE HOOSIERS
Sherrill followed up her Penn Relays performance by crushing the school record in the hammer throw. At the Billy Hayes Invitational, Sherrill broke the IU record in the hammer throw with a huge improvement on her career mark. Her heave of 58.46m (191-9) is 13 feet and five inches better than her previous mark and 13 feet and four inches better than the previous IU record. The mark is the best in the Big Ten this season and 13th in the east region. Sherrill also took first in the discus with a heave of 46.50m (152-7).
10K = OK
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 and currentyl leads the Big Ten. She moves to No. 14 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).
BACK IN CRIMSON
Indiana's distance corps on the men's side took a hit in 2009, as six of the IU runners redshirted at least one season. Highlighting that group were redshirt freshmen Andy Bayer, Zach Mayhew and Nate Morrow and redshirt sophomores Andy Weatherford, Ben Hubers and Cole Hardacre. Bayer redshirted the indoor campaign and the three sophomores redshirted outdoors. The group helped lead Indiana to a successful cross country season that saw them enter the national rankings.
After an indoor campaign where he earned All-America honors and a Big Ten pole vault crown, Jeff Coover sat out the outdoor season to train. Coover finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009.
IU's best threat in the 400 to 600m races sat out the 2009 campaign to get stronger as well. Senior Martin Stephen II will return in 2010 after doing heavier mileage training this summer and fall. Stephen will look to bolster an improved sprints group for the Hoosiers this season.
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. Engel reclaimed the fourth spot at the Jesse Owens Classic with a time of 10:37.91. Ridderman climbed back into the top ten with a time of 10:45.60, good for sixth.
Current Hoosiers hold seven of the top-11 times in school history in the event. Hoosiers hold three of the top-six times in the Big Ten This season and six of the top twelve.
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.
NINE A.O.W.'S FOR IU THIS SEASON
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Sherrill was one of many Hoosiers that took a step forward in the team's final tune up before the Big Ten Championships.
"It is always important to be at your best heading into the championship schedule," Helmer said. "Faith had a big breakthrough this weekend and was a part of a good overall performance from our team, leading into the Big Ten Championships."
Sherrill broke the IU record in the hammer throw with a huge improvement on her career mark. Her heave of 58.46m (191-9) is 13 feet and five inches better than her previous mark and 13 feet and four inches better than the previous IU record. The mark is the best in the Big Ten this season and 13th in the east region. Sherrill also took first in the discus with a heave of 46.50m (152-7). The award is the ninth earned by a Hoosier this season and is the second of Sherrill's career.
BIG TEN HONORS TWO MORE
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 HOOSIERS
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.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE... AGAIN
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.
IU LOOKS TO THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
The 2010 roster features six Canadian-born student-athletes. The Canucks are led by returning All-Americans Drouin and Ben Hubers as well as redshirt freshman Daniel Novia. New to the IU squad are freshmen Shona Dunkley, Arianne Raby and Emma Kimoto.
Drouin, the pride of Corunna, Ontario, took second at the NCAA Indoor meet, won the Big Ten outdoor meet and the NCAA regional. He also posted wins at the Drake Relays and the Junior Pan-Am games. His clearance of 2.27m (7-5.25) at the Pan-Am games is the IU outdoor record.
Hubers, who was born in Canada before his family moved to Georgia, earned All-America honors as a member of the IU distance medley relay team. Hubers ran the 3,200m leg on the seventh-place team at NCAAs. The Hoosiers advanced in the DMR because of an automatic qualifying time of 9:31.81 at the Alex Wilson Invite. The time is the second-fastest in school history.
Novia redshirted in 2009. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished second at the Canadian Jr. Championships in the shot put. Dunkley, from Pickering, Ontario, was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 Canadian Jr. Championships. Kimoto was the high jump champion in British Columbia and finished fifth at the 2009 junior nats.
Raby, from Repentigny, Quebec, was a provincial medalist in cross country and has placed as high as second in the 800m at the Francophone Games. Raby ran cross country for IU this fall and was in the top seven at the NCAA Championships for the Hoosiers.
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