Abbie Norton (Stechschulte), a former All-American at West Virginia and Texas Relays champion at Indiana, is in her third year as assistant coach for jumps and sprints.
The Hoosiers continued to flex their muscles in the sprints, jumps and multis in 2010. Derek Drouin has staked his claim as one of the top young athletes, regardless of event, in the nation. The sophomore won NCAA titles during the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons in the high jump after finishing as the indoor runner-up as a freshman. He was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year for both seasons in 2010 as well. The Ontario-native also brought home the title from the Canadian National Championships. As a freshman Drouin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and in two indoor and outdoor seasons, Drouin has claimed three Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year awards. Drouin has added three Big Ten titles and just continues to get better.
The Hoosiers saw Big Ten medal-winning performances in the sprints from Devin Pipkin and Kind Butler. Butler then added All-America honors as a leg of the distance medley relay. The pair helped lead Indiana's 4x100m relay to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where they recorded the fifth-best time in IU history.
In the jumps, the Hoosiers continued to be among the nation's best. Drouin's season speaks for itself, but Ashley Rhoades closed out her career with a Big Ten title and an All-America certificate. Sophomores Olu Olamigoke and Rex Parker each finished just inches away from the NCAA Championships in the triple jump, with Olamigoke taking a medal at the Big Ten indoor meet. Newcomer Emma Kimoto showed definite promise, advancing to the NCAA East Prelims.
Indiana's jumpers, sprinters and multi athletes won three Big Ten titles, recorded three indoor provisional qualifications and nine regional qualifications in 2009. One athlete who has shown outstanding improvement working with Stechschulte is Laura Morris, who recorded a provisional qualifying score in the pentathlon to score at the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the first time in her career.
Kiwan Lawson added a Big Ten long jump crown, and Ashley Rhoades won the Big Ten high jump title. Lawson wasn't the only Hoosier to claim All-Big Ten honors in the long jump, as Cedric Hudson took second, showing IU's dominance in the event. Rhoades and Drouin advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
A standout in the multi-events, Stechschulte earned All-America honors and was an All-BIG EAST selection four times while at West Virginia. The native of Columbus Grove, Ohio, competed in the 2008 USA Indoor Combined Events Championships, finishing fourth in the pentathlon.
She also was the collegiate champion of the 81st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in 2008, when she recorded the second-best heptathlon score in IU history. The score automatically qualified her for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials. She also appears in the IU all-time top-10 lists for the shot put, long jump and 100m hurdles. Her jump of 6.03m (19-9.25) is eighth all-time at Indiana and her time of 13.76 seconds is the seventh best ever by a Hoosier.
Stechschulte earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from West Virginia and a master's degree in kinesiology at Indiana.
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