12 Hoosiers Named All-Americans
June 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field saw both the men's and women's teams finish among the nation's top 25 this weekend, being spurred by strong performances from all 13 athletes who made the trip. Twelve Hoosiers earned All-America honors, including nine first teamers, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced.
Indiana's first team honorees were Andrew Poore, Faith Sherrill, Vera Neuenswander, Kelsie Ahbe, De'Sean Turner, Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin. Sarah Pease, Andy Weatherford and Ben Hubers were on the second-team lists.
Poore clocked a time of 8:36.40 for third, his best finish ever at an NCAA meet and the best finish in the steeplechase ever by a Hoosier, bettering Mark Gibbens' seventh-place finish in 1968. Turner also finished better than Gibbens, taking sixth in 8:39.12 to earn All-America laurels in the event for the second-straight year. The pair of Hoosiers earned Indiana's fifth and sixth All-America certificates all-time in the event. Weatherford finished 10th in 8:47.72.
Sherrill launched a throw of 17.54m (57-6.75) on her fifth throw, moving from sixth in the prelims to fourth on the awards stand. She matches her indoor finish from March with the fourth-place finish and is the 17th shot put All-American in the history of the IU women's program.
Neuenswander and Ahbe both cleared 4.30m (14-1.25) for All-America honors. Ahbe joins Neuenswander as the only All-Americans for IU in the women's pole vault and the only two women to clear 14 feet. Neuenswander cleared the bar on her first attempt after going down to a third attempt at 4.20m (13-9.25). Ahbe cleared the 4.20m bar on her first and the 4.30m bar on her third. Ahbe adds an inch and a half to her PR, which ranks second all-time at IU behind Neuenswander.
Sult, Butler, Vaughn and Pipkin are the first All-America 4x100 for Indiana since 1971 and just the third in school history. The group clocked a time of 39.63 for seventh place, running with the handicap of being in lane one. With their school record from the prelims on Wednesday, the group has clocked five sub-40 times this season, a feat that had only been done once by an IU relay coming into the season. The quartet owns six of the top seven times in school history. They scored two points toward the Hoosier cause.
Pease clocked a time of 10:11.94 for ninth in the women's 3,000m steeplechase. She is an All-American for the third time, capping the career of the Indiana's all-time most accomplished female steeplechaser. Ben Hubers clocked a time of 13:43.06 for ninth in the 5,000 meters. The junior shed more than five seconds off his career best, moving into fourth all-time in the IU record books.
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