May 23, 2005
The Indiana track and field teams are set to host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals this weekend, May 27-28, at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. No region can even compare to the Mideast as eight of the top 25 men's teams (No. 1 Arkansas, No. 4 LSU, No. 9 Indiana, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 12 Auburn, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 21 Michigan), and three of the women's top 25 teams (No. 5 Tennessee, No. 11 Alabama, No. 21 Arkansas) will gather in Bloomington for this two-day meet. The Hoosiers will be represented by 18 individuals and two relay teams.The first event, the men's discus, is set to begin on Friday at noon (CST). The men's 4x400m relay is the final event of the weekend and is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.
HISTORY OF THE REGIONAL MEET
The 2005 NCAA Mideast Regional meet will be just the third meet of this kind to take place. The event comes to Bloomington after being held at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003 and LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004. The Arkansas men and the LSU women have won both regional titles the past two years.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that were above the standard, or winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000m run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
HOW TO GET RESULTS
Live updates can be found on iuhoosiers.com after each event is completed. Full results and recaps can also be found on the official website of IU athletics at the end of the meet.
MEN RANKED NINTH IN LATEST TRACKWIRE POLL
According to Trackwire's May 18 poll, the Hoosier men's team ranks ninth in the nation. They are one of three Big Ten Conference teams ranked as Wisconsin and Michigan sit at 14th and 21st, respectively.
RECAP OF BIG TENS (MEN)
In the final day of the 2005 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, sophomore David Neville and senior Aarik Wilson led the IU men's track and field team to its highest finish at the conference championships in 13 years, as the Hoosiers took a runner-up finish with 111 points. The last time the Hoosiers posted a second-place showing was during the 1992 season. Defending Big Ten champion, Wisconsin ran away with the title again after racking up 174 points. Neville and Wilson each defended their titles in the 400m and triple jump respectively. Wilson also won the long jump the day before.
Also turning in notable performances over the weekend were sophomore Stephanos Ioannou, who finished third in the 110m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.20 and third-place finisher Sean Jefferson in the 1500m (3:44.95).
In addition, the 4x400m relay squad made up of Doug Dayhoff, Rodney Hollis, Andre Grimes and Neville cruised to a second-place finish as they turned in a season-best time of 3:09.02.
WILSON WINS AOY/AOC
Eight-time All-American and IU jumper Aarik Wilson swept the top Big Ten Conference outdoor men's track and field awards, winning Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships, announced by the conference office on May 18. Amazingly, the senior jumper earned the same awards during the 2005 indoor season, making it just the second time a Big Ten athlete has accomplished this feat. Minnesota's Kevin Sullivan from was the last person to earn the quadruple honors back in 1995.
Wilson claimed both the long jump and triple jump titles at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus. The Fallon, Nev., product leaped a personal-best 8.00m (26-3) to win the long jump, a mark that ranks third in the IU record books. In the triple, Wilson won on a mark of 16.26 (53-04.25).
He is just the second IU student-athlete to be selected Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, as Olympian Bob Kennedy won it three-straight years (1990,91,92). In addition, he is the third Hoosier to win Athlete of the Championships, as David Neville won it in 2004 and Albert Robinson claimed it in 1984.
LAST YEAR AT MIDEAST REGIONALS
The IU men finished tied for sixth-place (30 points) with conference foe Wisconsin at the 2004 Mideast Regionals in Baton Rouge, La., while the Hoosier women finished 33rd overall with five points. Four Hoosiers guaranteed themselves a trip to the NCAA Championships when Aarik Wilson placed second in the triple jump by breaking the school record (16.91m/55-05.75), Sean Jefferson took home a fourth-place finish in the 1,500m (3:51.23), David Neville placed third in the 400m (45.88) and Chris Powers who claimed third in the 5,000m.
ABOUT ROBERT C. HAUGH TRACK AND FIELD COMPLEX
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
"This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."