11 Hoosiers Headed to USA Championships
June 21, 2010
Wrapping up the 2010 season for Indiana are the USA Jr. & Sr. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The meet will take place over five days (June 23-27). Eleven current Hoosiers and three former Hoosiers will represent Hoosier nation at the meet.
Molly Beckwith, Lindsey Hartman, Sarah Pease, Ashley Rhoades, Monique Riddick, Faith Sherrill, Jeff Coover, Andrew Poore and De'Sean Turner are current Hoosiers who will represent IU in senior-level competition. Kelsie Ahbe and Courtney Woodard will compete at the junior level. Former Hoosiers competing are assistant coach Abbie (Stechschulte) Norton, volunteer assistant Tiffany Howard and Beijing Gold Medalist David Neville.
LAST TIME OUT
Derek Drouin became the first Hoosier ever to claim indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. He cleared 2.26m (7-5) for the win in the high jump, clearing seven heights along the way with just one miss. Drouin completed the sweep, having won the NCAA Indoor high jump crown in March.
Molly Beckwith is IU's third All-American all-time in the outdoor 800m, and she matches Tina Parrott's 1986 performance with her second-place finish. Beckwith clocked a time of 2:02.14, just .74 seconds behind winner Phoebe Wright of Tennessee.
Sarah Pease finished in the same position she spent most of the race, taking fourth with a time of 9:56.91. The time improves her own school record by more than two seconds. Pease was just five seconds out of second place in the race.
Jeff Coover earned his fourth-career All-America certificate by tying for fifth in the pole vault. The senior from La Jolla, Calif., cleared 5.30m (17-4.5) to tie USC's Brandon Estrada for fifth.
Faith Sherrill took sixth in the shot put with a heave of 16.49m (54-1.25). She was just four inches out of fourth-place. Sherrill claims her third All-America certificate after earning the honors in the weight throw and shot put during the indoor campaign.
De'Sean Turner was 12th in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 9:03.61. He was the eighth-best American in the field, earning the first individual All-America honors of his career.
SIX HOOSIERS NAMED ALL-AMERICA
With six All-Americans during the outdoor season and 12 during the indoor season, IU track and field finishes the year with 18 individual All-America honors. Indiana will open the 2010-2011 season with 10 All-American student-athletes on its roster. Director and head coach Ron Helmer said that he is very happy to see his student-athletes gain experience succeeding at the national level.
"These student-athletes really took a step in the right direction this year," said Helmer. "To go to the national meet and perform as well as we did is an important thing. Going forward, that experience should pay dividends for our team."
Drouin is the first Hoosier ever to claim indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. He cleared 2.26m (7-5) for the win, clearing seven heights along the way with just one miss. Drouin was one of just three jumpers to clear 2.23m (7-3.75). His clearance is a season best and is just a centimeter under his career mark and IU record.
Beckwith is IU's third All-American all-time in the outdoor 800m, and she matches Tina Parrott's 1986 performance with her second-place finish. Beckwith clocked a time of 2:02.14, just .74 seconds behind winner Phoebe Wright of Tennessee. Beckwith improved her career mark by .04 seconds for second all-time at Indiana.
Pease finished in the same position she spent most of the race, taking fourth with a time of 9:56.91. The time improves her own school record by more than two seconds. The junior is the highest outdoor placer in an event longer than 800m for IU since Colette Goudreau posted a third-place finish in the 3,000m in 1987.
Coover earned his fourth-career All-America certificate by tying for fifth in the pole vault. The senior from La Jolla, Calif., cleared 5.30m (17-4.5) to tie USC's Brandon Estrada for fifth. Coover joins former IU greats Dave Volz (5) and Mark Buse (6) as the only Hoosiers to earn All-America honors four times in the pole vault.
Sherrill took sixth in the shot put with a heave of 16.49m (54-1.25). She was just four inches out of fourth-place. Sherrill claims her third All-America certificate after earning the honors in the weight throw and shot put during the indoor campaign.
Turner was 12th in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 9:03.61. He was the eighth-best American in the field, claiming his third All-America certificate and his first in an individual event.
SIMPLY THE BEST... AROUND
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said the two award recipients consistently competed at an elite level this season.
"Molly and Derek have really taken a step forward this year, showing where hard work can take you," Helmer said. "The hope is that that success can be contagious throughout the team."
BIG TEN'S BEST FIELD ATHLETES
Eight Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten accolades, with Molly Beckwith, Faith Sherrill, Derek Drouin, Andrew Poore and De'Sean Turner claiming first team honors and Kelsie Ahbe, Sarah Pease and Ashley Rhoades being named to the second team.
"We had several student-athletes really step up and perform well at the Big Ten meet," said Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer. "Any time you can get eight people performing at an All-Big Ten level, good things are going to happen. It was nice to have five of our kids win Big Ten titles in front of a home crowd."
NINE A.O.W.'S FOR IU THIS SEASON
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Sherrill was one of many Hoosiers that took a step forward in the team's final tune up before the Big Ten Championships.
"It is always important to be at your best heading into the championship schedule," Helmer said. "Faith had a big breakthrough this weekend and was a part of a good overall performance from our team, leading into the Big Ten Championships."
Sherrill broke the IU record in the hammer throw with a huge improvement on her career mark. Her heave of 58.46m (191-9) was 13 feet and five inches better than her previous mark and 13 feet and four inches better than the previous IU record. The mark was the best in the Big Ten this season. Sherrill also took first in the discus with a heave of 46.50m (152-7). The award was the ninth earned by a Hoosier this season and is the second of Sherrill's career.
BIG TEN HONORS TWO MORE
Drouin cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the Penn Relay crown. He was 2.25 inches better than the rest of the field and matched his season mark. Drouin was able to clear bars on his first attempts despite a raucous and distracting crowd. Drouin is the second IU high jumper to win the Penn crown, joining Cal Boyd, who won in 1954 with a clearance of 6-7.
Pease won the 3,000m steeplechase championship with a time of 10:16.51. She was nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Pease's Penn Relays title is the first by a Hoosier since 2006. Pease's time is the sixth fastest in Penn Relays history. She was the first Hoosier to win the event at the Penn Relays and just the second Big Ten athlete to win the steeplechase at the meet.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE HOOSIERS
Bayer led a talented crop of Hoosier runners at the Stanford Invitational, placing third in the 5,000-meter run and crossing the finish line in 13:45.75. His effort is the fifth-best in IU history, behind only legends Bob Kennedy, Jim Spivey, Terry Brahm and Stephen Haas.
Coover kicked off the 2010 outdoor season by claiming top honors in the pole vault competition on the final day at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The La Jolla, Calif., native cleared 5.35m (17-6.5) to better the field by a foot and nearly six inches for the individual title. His clearance was just a centimeter off his outdoor career best.
The selection marked the first Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week award for Coover since he collected his first weekly honor as a junior in April 2008. Coover has won four indoor weekly honors from the conference, including two in 2010, and his six career weekly honors are matched only by Kennedy in IU history. Kennedy garnered three honors in cross country and three during the indoor season.
Engel claimed top honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Alabama Relays on Saturday. The product of Indiana was the first to cross the line in a time of 10:46.67. The mark was the sixth-fastest in IU history. Engel closed out the weekend by contributing to Indiana's runner-up finish in the 4x1,500-meter relay with a time of 19:16.70. This is the first Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award for Engel's career.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE... AGAIN
Bayer collected his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in 2010 after posting a winning time of 3:41.87 in the 1,500-meter open. The Leo, Ind., native bested the field by more than two seconds and owns the fifth-best time in Division I this season, and the 10th best time in school history in the event. After his victory in the 1500m, Bayer crossed the line first again in the 800-meter run at 1:50.70. Bayer came around the final turn in third-place and made a pass in the last 10 meters to win by 0.24 seconds. Overall, Bayer's two wins scored 10 points for the Hoosiers' cause.
Drouin posted 13 points for the Hoosiers, winning the high jump and 110m hurdles, while taking second in the javelin at the Border Battle. Drouin's clearance of 2.20m (7-2.5) was just two centimeters off his season high and bested the next closest competitor by a full inch. Drouin's clearance was 1.5 inches better than the closest jumper in Big Ten this season and also ranked sixth in the nation. Drouin also won the 110m hurdles in 14.45. It was a career best for Drouin and a .35 improvement on his career mark. The time was the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. In the javelin, Drouin's heave of 51.29m (168-3) was just five inches shy from the winning toss.
Pease led the 3,000-meter steeplechase from the start and won in a school-record time of 10:05.67. The Indiana native finished nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field and owned the Big Ten's best time this season by the same margin. Her time also ranked fifth in Division I and seventh in the world this season, eclipsing her own school record by 0.35 seconds, which she set at the NCAA Championships last year. This was the first Big Ten Athlete of the Week award for the Hoosier junior.
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