Bloomington Plays Host to NCAA Prelims This Weekend
May 24, 2011
Indiana hosts the NCAA East Preliminary Round this weekend at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. The meet will feature the top 48 competitors in each individual event from the East region. The 48 qualifiers will compete, looking to finish among the top-12 and advance to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8-11. IUHoosiers.com will feature live streaming video of the meet, as well as live results.
IU track and field has 30 entries in the meet and a total of 28 athletes competing on the weekend. With the goal of the meet to qualify for NCAA's by finishing among the top 12, 11 Hoosiers enter the meet with seed marks and times among the top 12. In the men's 3,000m steeplechase, IU will look to advance three, as De'Sean Turner, Andrew Poore and Andy Weatherford are all seeded in the top 12. For the women, IU has two athletes in position to advance in the both the pole vault and the shot put. Four Hoosiers on the "bubble" include Devin Pipkin in the 100m, Kind Butler in the 200m, Zach Mayhew in the 10,000m and Breanne Ehrman in the steeplechase. The four Hoosiers on the bubble are all qualified with the 13th-best time in the meet.
Indiana will look to advance more than the nine they took to the NCAA meet in 2010. The 2010 Hoosiers posted six All-America finishes and three of those All-Americans return to the 2011 championships field, in Turner, Sarah Pease and Faith Sherrill. Both the men and women were top-20 teams at NCAA's in 2010.
LAST TIME OUT
Vera 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. Kelsie Ahbe took second with the second-best clearance in school history, 4.26m (13-11.75).
Sarah Pease and De'Sean 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 Andrew 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.
Faith Sherrill fought through terrible conditions for a win in the shot put, claiming her fourth career Big Ten title. Ben Hubers won the 1,500m in dramatic fashion, closing in the last 100 meters for his first Big Ten title.
THE 9-SWANDER OF THE WORLD
Neuenswander cleared 4.36m (14-3.5) to tie the all-time Big Ten outdoor record, to break the conference meet record by a centimeter, and increase her own IU record by five centimeters. She leads the East region heading into the weekend and is fourth on the national list.
Kelsie Ahbe completed a 1-2 sweep in the pole vault at Big Tens, clearing 4.26m (13-11.75) for a runner-up finish. Ahbe is sixth in the East and will look to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second straight year.
INTRODUCING THE "SWEEPLECHASE"
Pease ran to victory in 10:15.05. She was less than three seconds off her season best time of 10:12.38, which puts her sixth in the East this season. Caitlin Engel stormed home to take third in 10:21.89 and Breanne Ehrman was fourth. Ehrman's season-best time (10:19.10) is 13th in the east, and Engel is seeded 19th.
Turner clocked a time of 8:42.09 for his win, moving him into third in the East this season. Andrew Poore was right behind as the duo went 1-2 in the event for the second-straight season. Poore's time of 8:43.45 is fifth in the East Prelims, and Andy Weatherford's fourth-place finish in 8:47.99 is 12th in the East.
BUTLER CLEANS UP AT HOME
While he didn't take any wins home at the Big Ten Championships, it wasn't because he wasn't at his best. Butler clocked a time of 10.23 for fourth in the 100 meters. The time is just .01 off the IU record. He was followed in by teammate Devin Pipkin, who finished just a hair behind Butler in 10.24.
Butler followed up that performance with his first ever sub-21 time outdoors in the 200. His time of 20.76 was good for third-place and a Big Ten medal. The time has him seeded 13th in the East prelims.
Butler ran on the Hoosiers season best 39.84 in the 4x100. 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. They are the eighth-fastest seed in the East Prelims.
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.
Sherrill is the top thrower in the East this season and is joined by teammate Monique Riddick in the field. Riddick's season-best of 16.39m (53-9.25)
FOUR BY ONE GETS IT DONE
CHELSEA CHASES HISTORY
At the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Meet, the pair ran in the 5K, and both narrowly missed out on All-America honors. At the 2011 indoor meet, the pair ran the two fastest times in IU history, and they finished in the fastest times ever to not score at NCAAs. This season they'll do it again. The pair is qualified for the meet with sub-14 times. Hubers is seeded eighth at 13:48.35 and Poore, fresh off a runner-up finish in the Big Ten 5K, is 21st at 13:59.84.
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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