11 Hoosiers Earn All-Big Ten Honors
May 18, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eleven Hoosiers were honored when the Big Ten announced All-Big Ten honors on Wednesday. Five IU Athletes earned first team recognition, while six more made the second-team. Big Ten Champions Vera Neuenswander, Sarah Pease, Faith Sherrill, Ben Hubers and De'Sean Turner all were named to the first team.
Second teamers included IU's men's 4x100m relay of Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin which finished second at Big Tens, 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase runner-up Andrew Poore and pole vault runner-up Kelsie Ahbe. Indiana's women finished third and the men took fourth.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said he was proud of the way his team's performed at the conference meet.
"We had nothing but positive things to say after the Big Ten meet," said Helmer. "We had student-athletes stepping up and performing at high levels, even when the weather wasn't cooperating. To have 11 All-Big Ten athletes is a good sign that we're headed in the direction we want to go."
Neuenswander took the win in the pole vault, tying the all-time Big Ten record in the process. The senior cleared 4.36m (14-3.5) for the Big Ten title completing a book end career with outdoor titles in her freshman and fifth-year senior campaigns. Ahbe took second with the second-best clearance in school history, 4.26m (13-11.75).
Pease and Turner swept the 3,000m steeplechase races. Pease won in 10:15.05 for her first conference crown, and Turner won for the second straight year in 8:42.09, with Poore right behind in the men's race. The two Hoosiers have finished 1-2 in the men's steeple two years in a row. Poore would go on to take second in the 5,000 as well.
Sherrill fought through terrible conditions for the win in the shot put, claiming her fourth career Big Ten title. Hubers won the 1,500m in dramatic fashion, closing in the last 100 meters for his first Big Ten title.
In the 4x100m relay, Sult, Butler, Vaughn and Pipkin finished just nine hundredths of a second out of the win.
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