May 26, 2009
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Louisville, Ky., is where 23 Hoosiers will head this weekend for the NCAA Mideast Regional. Indiana had nine student-athletes earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors at the meet last year. IU will take 11 women and 12 men to the regional. The women have combined for qualifications in 16 events, and men have 13 regional marks. The meet will kick off at 11 a.m. ET on both days and the last events on each day start at 7:20 p.m. The relatively early conclusion on Friday will allow Hoosier fans in attendance to head over to Jim Patterson Stadium, where the Indiana baseball squad will be playing the Louisville Cardinals in NCAA Regional action at 7 p.m.
The top-five finishers in each event at the regional will move onto the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and the sixth- through 12th-place finishers qualify themselves for at-large entry to the national meet. At-large selections are made based on a descending order list of season-best marks.
LAST TIME OUT
Three Hoosiers claimed Big Ten crowns at the conference championships in Columbus, Ohio, as senior Kiwan Lawson and freshman Derek Drouin won titles on May 16 and junior Ashley Rhoades took the women's high jump crown on May 17. The women's team finished the meet with 74.25 points for fifth place, and the men scored 58 points for tenth place.
Rhoades cleared 1.78m (5-10) to better the field. The second best mark was made by four of her competitors at 1.75m. Rhoades is the first Big Ten high jump champion in the history of the Indiana women's track and field program. She bettered the regional standard by three centimeters. Rhoades' season best of 1.81m (5-11.25) had her enter the day as the top seed. Rhoades brought home 10 points for the Hoosiers.
Lawson claimed the outdoor long jump crown for the third straight year, and Hudson was right behind for the 1-2 IU sweep. Lawson had a winning jump of 7.41m (24-3.75) and Hudson had a jump of 7.35m (24-1.5). The Hoosier duo were the only competitors to better the regional standard. Lawson also holds a Big Ten indoor crown, making this the fourth title of his career.
Drouin further improved his rookie campaign with a Big Ten title in the high jump. His winning height, 2.19m (7-2.25) ties him with Ron Jones for second all-time at Indiana. His placement earned 10 points for the Hoosiers and garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors for the Corunna, Ontario native.
The steeplechase was good to the Hoosiers on the men's and women's sides. Sophomore De'Sean Turner was second in the men's race finishing in 8:56.77. His mark is the ninth fastest in school history, and it improves his regional qualification. Turner was just under five seconds faster than the third-place finisher from Minnesota.
Sophomore Sarah Pease took third in the women's steeplechase, Her time of 10:15.14 is is a 1.35 second improvement on her regional qualification and is the third fastest in school history. Pease moves into the nation's top 16 with the time. She also earned six points for the Hoosier cause.
HOOSIERS EARN BIG TEN HONORS
The Big Ten Conference announced on May 21 the honorees for the conference awards, and six Hoosiers garnered awards. Senior Kiwan Lawson, junior Ashley Rhoades and freshman Derek Drouin earned first team All-Big Ten honors and Drouin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Sophomores De'Sean Turner and Cedric Hudson and junior Vera Neuenswander earned second team All-Big Ten honors.
Lawson claimed the outdoor long jump crown for the third straight year. Lawson had a winning jump of 7.41m (24-3.75). Lawson also holds a Big Ten indoor crown, making this the fourth title of his career.
Drouin further improved his rookie campaign with a Big Ten title in the high jump. His winning height, 2.19m (7-2.25) ties him with Ron Jones for second all-time at Indiana. His placement earned 10 points for the Hoosiers.
Rhoades cleared 1.78m (5-10) to better the field. Rhoades is the first Big Ten high jump champion in the history of the Indiana women's track and field program.
Neuenswander finished second in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.05m (13-03.5), Hudson was second to only Lawson in the long jump with a mark of 7.35m (24-1.5) and Turner was second in the men's steeplechase finishing in 8:56.77.
MOLLY MAKING HERSELF INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN
Junior Molly Beckwith won the 800-meters at the Billy Hayes Invite with a time of 2:02.51, which at the time was the fastest in NCAA Division I this season. The mark is now the third best in Division I and second best in the Mideast Region. The time was also seventh best in the world at the time and was 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 and the 12th best in the Mideast Region this season.
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. At the Big Ten Championships, she bettered that time twice. In the prelims she clocked a time of 54.13 seconds, which is the sixth best in school history. In the finals she took fourth with a time of 54.25. She is currently ranked 13th in the Mideast Region.
Beckwith also ran the fastest leg on Indiana's women's 4x400m relay at Billy Hayes. IU's team won with a time of 3:42.17. The time is the fifth fastest in school history.
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 and All-Big Ten laurels at the Big Ten meet with a second-place finish.
DROUIN HEADED TO LOUISVILLE WITH BIG TEN TITLE IN TOW
Freshman Derek Drouin further improved his rookie campaign with a Big Ten title in the high jump. His winning height, 2.19m (7-2.25) ties him with Ron Jones for second all-time at Indiana. His height is second on the regional list and is just one centimeter out of first. Drouin finished the indoor season as the NCAA runner-up. His efforts garnered him Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
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 claimed the high jump crown at the Jesse Owens Classic. He won the high jump at the Billy Hayes Invite, recording a clearance of 2.15m (7-0.5).
RHOADES REELS IN BIG TEN TITLE, READY FOR REGIONAL
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. The height is the second best in the Mideast Region.
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. The clearance is good enough for a `B' qualification for the USA Championships. Rhoades also won the high jump at the Billy Hayes Invitational.
Rhoades improved an already stellar outdoor season by adding a Big Ten Championship to the mantle. Rhoades cleared 1.78m (5-10) to better the field. Rhoades is the first Big Ten high jump champion in the history of the Indiana women's track and field program.
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 is No. 15 in the region.
Robinson posted her third NCAA qualifying mark of the season at the Big Ten Championships. Her time of 16:25.75 in the 5,000-meters is nearly 27 seconds faster than the regional standard and was good for fifth. She is currently No. 11 on the regional list, and her time is the fourth fastest in school history.
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 second best in the Mideast Regional this season. She is now more than 35 seconds faster than the regional qualifying time.
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.
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.
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 12th best in the region 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).
At the Big Ten Championships, Lawson claimed the outdoor long jump crown for the third straight year. Lawson had a winning jump of 7.41m (24-3.75). Lawson also holds a Big Ten indoor crown, making this the fourth title of his career.
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 is sixth on the regional list and tenth in Division I. 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.
HUDSON HELPS HIMSELF, CLAIMS ALL-BIG TEN HONORS, REGIONAL BERTH
Sophomore Cedric Hudson was right behind senior Kiwan Lawson for the 1-2 IU sweep in the long jump at Big Tens. Hudson had a jump of 7.35m (24-1.5). The mark betters the regional standard of 7.34m, and it earned Hudson second team All-Big Ten honors. The Stafford, Va., native claimed his first career regional qualification.
Hudson also won the long jump at the Billy Hayes Invitational. He bettered the field with a leap of 7.30m(23-11.50), just 2.5 inches shy of the regional standard.
TURNER TAKES REGIONAL TIME
Freshman De'Sean Turner claimed his second career Big Ten medal when he was second in the men's steeplechase finishing in 8:56.77. The All-Big Ten mark is the ninth fastest in school history, and it improved his regional qualification. Turner was just under five seconds faster than the third-place finisher from Minnesota. Turner is 15th on the regional list.
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.
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.
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. He followed teammate De'Sean Turner across the finish line, as Turner took first.
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 all-time top 10.
BIG BEN IS REGIONAL-BOUND
Freshman Ben Stephen improved his regional mark to 17.37m (57") at the Big Ten Championships. The heave is an eight inch improvement on his career best and is 57 centimeters better than the regional standard. His heave garnered an eighth-place finish at the conference meet. Stephen is currently 17th on the regional list 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.
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.
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.
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.
OLU AMONG BIG TEN'S BEST IN TRIPLE JUMP
Freshman Olumide Olamigoke had a hop, skip and jump of 15.40m (50-6.25), the second best at the Alabama Relays. 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 14th on the regional list.
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.
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 15th on the regional 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. The time is 20th on the Mideast Regional list.
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 cleared the regional standard of 3.85m (12-7.5) Chin's mark got her fourth place.
Chin matched the second-place height but finished third due to tiebreakers at the Big Ten Championships. The jump of 4.05m (13-03.5) bettered the regional standard, and for Chin, the mark is an eight inch improvement on her season mark. She is currently 14th on the regional list. Chin is one of three Indiana women that have qualified in the pole vault this season.
Molly Beckwith - 400m - 54.13; 800m - 2:02.51; 1,500m - 4:23.78
Lindsey Hartman - 800m - 2:09.21
Wendi Robinson - 1,500m - 4:24.68; 5,000m - 16:25.75
Sarah Pease - 3,000m Steeple - 10:15.14; 5,000m - 16:30.93
Kayla Smith - 400m Hurdles - 1:00.33
Ashley Rhoades - High Jump - 1.81m
Vera Neuenswander - Pole Vault - 4.20m
Stephanie Chin - Pole Vault - 3.85m
Laura Williams - Pole Vault - 3.85m
Tiffany Howard - Shot Put - 16.51m; Discus - 49.09m
Kristen Crawford - Shot Put - 14.98m
Wil Glover - 100m - 10.53
Andy Bayer - 1,500m - 3:44.97; 5,000m - 14:07.21
De'Sean Turner - 3,000m Steeple - 8:56.77
Andrew Poore - 3,000m Steeple - 9:05.25
Kiwan Lawson - Long Jump - 7.64m
Cedric Hudson - Long Jump - 7.35m
Olumide Olamigoke - Triple Jump - 15.40m
Derek Drouin - High Jump - 2.19m
Jared Nuxoll - High Jump - 2.10m
Kyle Lechlitner - Pole Vault - 5.05m
Ben Stephen - Shot Put - 17.37m
Paul Fearnow - Hammer Throw - 62.09m