May 13, 2009
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The Big Ten Championships are next on tap for Indiana. The Hoosiers will head to Columbus, Ohio, for three days of competition, looking to build on fourth- (women) and sixth-place (men) finishes during the indoor season. The meet will kick off at noon ET on Friday, May 15, and action will begin at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday. Sunday's competition starts at 10:30 a.m., and the meet will conclude with the 4x400m relays at about 3:30 p.m.
The 2008 outdoor meet saw the IU women take 10th and the men finish seventh. The Hoosiers boast 11 athletes currently in the top three in the conference this season. Four Indiana athletes hold the league's top marks in their respective events this season. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network on tape delay. The first airing will take place on May 24. Live results are available for the meet at DeltaTiming.com, and a direct link can be found at IUHoosiers.com.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers closed out the non-championship season with a bang, getting national-level performances despite a two-hour lightning delay at the Billy Hayes Invite. Junior Molly Beckwith posted perhaps the best mark of the night with the nation's fastest time in the 800m. IU also got huge performances out of seniors Tiffany Howard, Paul Fearnow and Wil Glover, junior Vera Neuenswander and freshman Derek Drouin.
Beckwith won the 800-meters with a time of 2:02.51, which is the fastest in NCAA Division I this season. The time is also the third fastest by an American this year. Her mark is a new Billy Hayes track record, and it puts her second all-time in the IU record books. She betters the 2:09.80 regional standard as well as the 2:05.00 `A' standard for the US. Outdoor Championships.
Howard posted an `A' qualifying of her own in the shot put. Her winning heave of 16.51m (54-2) is nearly a foot better than the U.S. Outdoor Championship `A' standard and more than 7 feet better than the regional standard. Howard moves into second in the Big Ten on the season and ninth in Division I, adding just under two feet to her season-best heave. The mark is also the second-best in school history.
The high jump and pole vault events were moved indoors to Gladstein Fieldhouse due to the lightning. Drouin won the high jump, recording a career-best clearance of 2.15m (7-0.5). Neuenswander took second after tiebreakers to defending NCAA indoor champion Kylie Hutson of Indiana State. Her clearance of 4.20m (13-9.25) is a new facility record for Gladstein.
Fearnow posted a career-best heave of 62.09m (203-8) to win the hammer throw. Glover took second in the 100m dash, posting his first regional time of the season, 10.53 seconds. Sophomore Cedric Hudson won the long jump with a leap of 7.30m (23-11.50). In the women's 4x400m relay, IU's team won with a time of 3:42.17. Indiana also got a regional qualification from freshman Andy Bayer, who posted a time of 3:44.97 in the 1,500 meters, and wins from freshman Olu Olamigoke in the triple jump (14.80m (48-6.75)) and junior Ashley Rhoades in the high jump (1.70m (5-7)).
BECKWITH EARNS BIG TEN HONORS, LEADS HOOSIERS INTO TOP 25
The Indiana women's track and field team garnered two national honors on Wednesday. The Big Ten announced that junior Molly Beckwith has been named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, and Beckwith's outstanding performance this past weekend combined with great performances from the rest of the Hoosier women has also landed IU in the USTFCCCA Weekly Top 25 rankings at No. 25.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer is very pleased with the progress the team has shown this season, and he feels that Beckwith's recognition is expected and well-deserved.
"We've seen this coming for a while with Molly," Helmer said, "It is great that she was finally able to run a time that is deserving of this kind of recognition."
Beckwith set a new standard of excellence for half-milers this season, running an NCAA-leading time of 2:02.51 at the Billy Hayes Invitational. Her time ranks as the third fastest by an American and the seventh-best in the world during the outdoor season this year, and she set a new IU track record. She now appears second on Indiana's all-time list and bettered the 800-meter regional qualifying standard more than seven seconds. Beckwith earns her first Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week laurel, and she is the first Hoosier to receive the honor since Stacey Clausing earned it in May of 2007.
"This group of young women has worked very hard this season," said Helmer. "With the number of student-athletes we have that are ranked in the top 15 nationally, a national team ranking was sure to follow. Hopefully we can continue to improve and follow through with qualifying several for the national championships."
Beckwith has the country's best time in the 800m, and senior Tiffany Howard and junior Wendi Robinson hold top-ten marks. Juniors Ashley Rhoades and Vera Neuenswander are 11th and 12th respectively in their events, and sophomore Sarah Pease is 18th in the 3,000m steeplechase. Each ranking garners the team placement points, and IU's 86.12 points put the Hoosiers at 25th in the country.
OLU AMONG BIG TEN'S BEST IN TRIPLE JUMP
The Hoosiers recorded two more regional qualifications on day four at the Alabama Relays, making a total of eight in the team's first meet of the outdoor season. Freshman Olumide Olamigoke took second in the triple jump with his qualification.
Olamigoke had a leap of 15.40m (50-6.25), the second best of the meet. The winning jump proved to be wind-aided, so the freshman's mark was the best unassisted mark of the meet. He bested the regional standard (15.00m) by 40 centimeters. He is within six inches of the top 10 in IU's illustrious history of horizontal jumping. His mark is the Big Ten's second-best this season.
Olamigoke won the triple jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational and the Indiana Invitational, and the freshman added the long jump title to his credits at the Billy Hayes Invite as well.
MOLLY MAKING HERSELF KNOWN NATIONALLY, INTERNATIONALLY
Junior Molly Beckwith won the 800-meters at the Billy Hayes Invite with a time of 2:02.51, which is the fastest in NCAA Division I this season. The time is the seventh best in the world this season and is also the third fastest by an American this year. Her mark is a new Billy Hayes track record, and it puts her second all-time in the IU record books. She bettered the 2:09.80 regional standard as well as the 2:05.00 `A' standard for the US. Outdoor Championships.
Beckwith took second in the 1,500m run at the Indiana Invite, finishing in a regional time of 4:23.78. She was more than four seconds faster than the regional mark and just .55 seconds behind the winning time by MSU's Lisa Senakiewich. The time is the eighth fastest in IU history, besting teammate Wendi Robinson's mark from the Pepsi Team Invitational two weeks ago.
Beckwith posted her third regional mark of the season at the Jesse Owens Classic, this one coming in the 400m dash. She was second among collegiate runners, finishing in 54.37. She bettered the regional standard by .24 seconds and improved her career best by .27 seconds. The time is the Big Ten's third-best this season and is seventh on IU's all-time list.
Beckwith also ran the fastest leg on Indiana's women's 4x400m relay at Billy Hayes. IU's team of Beckwith, senior Audrey Smoot, sophomore Lindsey Hartman and freshman Ann-Marie Clarke won with a time of 3:42.17. The regional standard is 3:42.00, leaving the four Hoosiers just .17 shy of a regional berth. The time is fifth on the Big Ten list.
NEUENSWANDER NETS REGIONAL BERTH
Junior Vera Neuenswander took second after tiebreakers to defending NCAA indoor champion Kylie Hutson of Indiana State at the Billy Hayes Invitational. Her clearance of 4.20m (13-9.25) is a new facility record for Gladstein Fieldhouse as lightning forced the high jump and pole vault competitions indoors.She and Hutson will share the record.
The clearance puts her into a tie for the best mark on the Big Ten list. It is more than a foot better than the regional standard and matches the U.S. Championships `B' standard. Her mark is also the second-best in the IU history.
Neuenswander also claimed a victory at the Pepsi Team Invitational on April 3-4. Her win helped the Hoosiers to a second-place finish at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
FEARNOW FINDS HIS WAY
Senior Paul Fearnow posted a career best heave of 62.09m (203-8) in the hammer throw at the Billy Hayes Invitational. His mark is the Big Ten's third best this season and is 17 feet and four inches better than the regional standard. The senior is now third on IU's all-time list. Fearnow is just the third Hoosier to ever cross the 200-foot mark and the 60-meter mark in the hammer throw. Fearnow is among the conference's top three in the hammer.
LINDSEY IS GOING TO LOUISVILLE
Sophomore Lindsey Hartman recorded the first regional qualification of her career at the Jesse Owens Classic. She took third in the 800-meters, with a time of 2:09.21. She was .59 seconds faster than the regional standard and improved her career mark by more than a second. Her time is the seventh best in the Big Ten this season.
Hartman was also a member of IU's winning 4x400m relay team at the Billy Hayes Invite. The foursome won with a time of 3:42.17. The regional standard is 3:42.00, leaving the four Hoosiers just .17 shy of a regional berth. The time is fifth on the Big Ten list.
BIG BEN IS REGIONAL-BOUND
Ben Stephen grabbed his spot in the NCAA Regional with his winning toss in the shot put at the Pepsi Team Invitational. The freshman had a heave of 17.12m (56-2). The mark is 32 centimeters better than the regional standard. Stephen is currently among the top ten in the Big Ten in the shot put.
LAURA LANDS IN LOUISVILLE
Junior Laura Williams finished third in the pole vault at the Indiana Invitational with a height of 3.85m (12-07.50) qualifying her for the regional competition. Williams' mark is the fourth best in IU history and the regional qualification is the first of her career. The Marion, Ohio, native improved her career mark by 20 centimeters. Williams is the third IU woman to qualify for the regional in the pole vault this season.
WENDI CONDITIONS AHEAD FOR LOUISVILLE, FAYETTEVILLE AND EUGENE
Senior Wendi Robinson made history at the Mt. SAC Relays, running the second-fastest 10,000 meters in IU history. Robinson took fourth place in the first 10,000m race of her IU career.
Robinson's time of 33:40.79 is slower than only the legendary Michelle Dekkers in IU lore. She moves past All-American Jessica Gall for second in the Indiana records. Less than three seconds separated Robinson from the race winner, Catherine White of Arkansas, in the 25-lap race. The Danville, Ind., native's time is faster than the provisional NCAA standard of 34:59.7 and should be fast enough to garner a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., as it is ninth on the NCAA list.
Her time is also better than the `A' standard for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She is nearly five seconds faster than the standard, which means Robinson has a trip to Eugene, Ore., scheduled for late June. It will be her second trip to Eugene, as the Hoosiers competed at the Pepsi Team Invitational on April 4.
At the Pepsi Team Invitational, Robinson took third in the 1,500m run. Her time of 4:24.68 is the ninth fastest in IU history. She also bettered the regional standard by more than three seconds. Robinson's time was the eighth fastest in school history, but fellow junior Molly Beckwith beat it at the Indiana Invitational.
Robinson posted her third NCAA qualifying mark of the season at the Jesse Owens Classic. Her time of 16:35.41 in the 5,000-meters is nearly 17 seconds faster than the regional standard and was good for third. She moves into sixth in the IU record books, behind teammate junior Sarah Pease, who recorded a time of 16:34.21 earlier this season. Robinson shed more than 13 seconds off of her previous career best.
KIWAN SITS ATOP THE BIG TEN
Senior Kiwan Lawson punched his ticket in the long jump at the Alabama Relays, along with seven other Hoosiers.
Lawson was third in the long jump. The 2008 All-American recorded a leap of 7.64m (25-0.75). His mark is just 23 centimeters off his career best and 30 centimeters better than the regional standard. Lawson's career best outdoors is 7.87m. Lawson's jump is the best in the Big Ten this season.
Lawson took second in the long jump, third in the 200m dash and anchored the winning 4x100m relay performance at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Senior Wil Glover and sophomores Cedric Hudson and Devin Pipkin joined Lawson on the track to record a time of 40.99 seconds. The quartet is now just .33 seconds slower than the regional standard.
Lawson also took the collegiate crown in the long jump at the Jesse Owens Classic. Lawson won the collegiate title in the long jump in his homecoming. The Columbus, Ohio, native leapt 7.28m (23-10.75).
KYLE CLIMBS INTO REGIONAL
Senior pole vaulter Kyle Lechlitner posted a regional qualifying jump of 5.05m (16-06.75) and finished second at the Indiana Invitational. The mark is the first regional qualification of his career. Lechlitner cleared the same height as the winning vaulter from Southern Illinois but took second after tiebreakers. The jump is a 15 centimeter improvement for Lechlitner on the career mark he posted at the Pepsi Team Invite earlier this season.
CHIN IS IN
Five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays. In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin punched their tickets to Louisville.
Chin, who cleared the regional standard of 3.85m (12-7.5), is the IU record hoder in the pole vault. Chin's mark got her fourth place. Chin advanced to the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Chin is one of three Indiana women that have qualified in the pole vault this season.
POORE THE CHAMPAGNE, ANDREW IS GOING TO THE REGIONAL
Freshman Andrew Poore took fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Drake Relays. His time of 9:05.25 is 1.75 seconds better than the regional standard, good for his first trip to the Mideast Regional. Poore's time is the fourth-best in the Big Ten this season. He followed teammate De'Sean Turner across the finish line, as Turner took first.
PEASE PUTS HER NAME AMONG IU'S ALL-TIME BEST
At the Drake Relays, junior Sarah Pease won the women's 3,000m steeplechase. Pease ran the steeple in a career best 10:16.49 to take the Drake Relays title. She improved her regional qualification by nearly six seconds. Her mark is the third fastest in IU history and the third best in the Big Ten this season. She is now nearly 34 seconds faster than the regional qualifying time. Her mark is the third best in the Big Ten and the regional thus far in the outdoor season.
Pease posted her second regional mark of the season at the Indiana Invitational. Pease was second in the 5,000m run, finishing in 16:34.21. Her time is about 18 seconds faster than the regional standard and puts her at number five in the IU record books.
KAYLA HURDLES REGIONAL MARK
Junior Kayla Smith recorded her first career regional qualification en route to a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Her time of 1:00.33 is .59 seconds better than the regional standard and is the sixth best in school history. She is now just .07 seconds out of fifth in the IU record book.
Smith was also on Indiana's winning 4x400m relay teams at the Sea Ray Relays and the Indiana Invite. The team's time of 3:43.22 at the Sea Ray Relays is just shy of the regional standard 3:42.00. The time is the eighth fastest in IU history.
JARED JUMPS REGIONAL HEIGHT
Junior Jared Nuxoll finished strong at the Indiana Invite. The Effingham, Ill., product took fourth in the high jump, qualifying for regional competition by clearing 2.10m (6-10.75). The mark is a new career best for Nuxoll, adding three centimeters to his previous mark. He is now within reach of IU's top 10.
DROUIN CLEARS THE REGIONAL STANDARD
Freshman Derek Drouin won the high jump at the Billy Hayes Invite, recording a career-best clearance of 2.15m (7-0.5). He bettered the 2.10m regional standard by nearly two inches to move into a tie for second on the Big Ten list this season. He also moves into sixth in the IU record books.
Drouin scored 6,318 points for third place in the decathlon at the Alabama Relays. That point total is the eighth best in IU history. The freshman put up his best mark in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.51 seconds for 789 points. Drouin put up 3,526 points on day one, posting a regional qualifying height in the high jump in the process.
Drouin was second in the high jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational, behind only indoor national champion Scott Sellers. Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.13m (6-11.75) at the Drake Relays. He also claimed the high jump crown at the Jesse Owens Classic. He once again cleared 2.13m for the win in Columbus.
RHOADES FLIES HER WAY TO LOUISVILLE
Leading the way for the Hoosiers at the Pepsi Team Invite was junior high jumper Ashley Rhoades who had the second-best clearance in IU history. Her regional qualifying mark was one of six for Indiana. Rhoades cleared 1.81m (5-11.25) for first place.
She added six centimeters to her career best and put herself just a centimeter away from the IU record. The Columbia City, Ind., native was 5.5 inches better than her closest competitor. Her mark is tied for the best mark by a Big Ten competitor. The clearance is good enough for a `B' qualification for the USA Championships. Rhoades also won the high jump at the Billy Hayes Invitational.
TURNER TAKES REGIONAL TIME
Indiana took first and second in the 1,500 meters at the Pepsi Team Invite. Sophomore De'Sean Turner finished in 3:50.86 for first, and freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line in 3:51.32 for second.
Turner then posted a regional qualifying mark in the 3,000m steeplechase. His time of 8:59.47 is the sixth best in the Big Ten this year.
The Hoosiers won the 4x1,500m relay at the Sea Ray Relays. Sophomores Jacob Laird and De'Sean Turner, freshman Andy Bayer and senior Brennon Plotner finished in 15:44.55, more than five seconds faster than the second-place team from Eastern Michigan.
HOWARD'S HEAVES MAKE THE GRADE
Senior Tiffany Howard posted a winning heave of 16.51m (54-2) in the shot put at the Billy Hayes Invite. The mark is nearly a foot better than the U.S. Outdoor Championship `A' standard and more than 7 feet better than the regional standard. Howard moves into second in the Big Ten on the season and ninth in Division I, adding just under two feet to her season-best heave. The mark is also the second-best in school history.
Howard won the shot put at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Her toss of 15.19m (49-10) was 3 feet and 6.75 inches better than the second place throw by Spela Hus of Utah State.
Howard posted her second regional mark of the year at the Sea Ray Relays, this time in the discus.Howard had a heave of 47.89m (157-1). The mark is nearly five feet better than her previous career mark, and it moves her into eighth in school history. The toss was almost two feet past than the regional standard and puts her in the top five in the conference.
REGIONAL GLOVE-R FITS FOR WIL
Senior Wil Glover took second in the 100m dash, posting his first regional time of the season. He finished in 10.53 seconds, just .01 shy of the race winner, Zye Boey of Eastern Illinois. The mark ties Glover's career mark and is .02 faster than the regional standard.
KRISTEN IS KENTUCKY-BOUND
Tiffany Howard wasn't the only Hoosier to best the regional standard in the shot put this season, as sophomore Kristen Crawford has done the same.
Crawford claimed a second-place finish with a throw of 14.83m (48-8) at the Indiana Invite. Crawford's toss marked the eighth-best throw in school history and was a 5.75-inch improvement on her season and career mark. Crawford is among the top five in the Big Ten this season.
FRESHMAN BAYER FINDS HIS WAY
Freshman Andy Bayer posted a time of 3:44.97 in the 1,500 meters at the Billy Hayes Invitational. His time is nearly three seconds faster than the regional standard and puts him third on the Big Ten list this season. The freshman took third at the meet. His time of 3:47.37 was good for fourth place at the Sea Ray Relays.
Bayer capped off Friday night at the Indiana Invite with the second regional mark of his young career, this one coming in the 5,000 meters. Bayer won the 5,000m with a regional time of 14:07.21. He was 25 seconds faster than his closest competitor and nearly five seconds faster than the regional mark.