Huge Performances by Sherrill, Beckwith, Rhoades at Indiana Open
Jan. 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field started off the indoor season with gusto at the Indiana Open. Four Hoosiers posted the best marks in Division I this season. Sophomore Derek Drouin posted an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, the best on U.S. soil this season. Junior Faith Sherrill posted the NCAA's best mark with a huge toss in the shot put, breaking an IU record that stood for 18 years in the process. Seniors Jeff Coover and Molly Beckwith posted NCAA-best marks in the pole vault and 800 meters respectively.
IU won 17 events on the day, and Hoosiers posted five NCAA qualifications on the day.
Drouin cleared 2.24m (7-4.25), a height that is just a centimeter off the IU record. The jump is an automatic qualifying mark and is the best on U.S. soil this indoor season. The jump is 2.5 inches better than his best indoors last season, when he finished as the NCAA runner-up.
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.70m (54-9.5), obliterating her career mark of 15.05m in 2008. After redshirting last year, Sherrill moves from seventh in the IU records to 37 centimeters better than the previous IU record. Her mark bettered the record held by NCAA shot put champion Katrin Koch (1992) and Jennifer Brown (2000). Koch was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
Coover cleared 5.36m (17-7) for his NCAA-leading performance. He sits just nine centimeters from his career best from last season. His mark is the first provisional qualification in Division I this season. Coover was more than half a meter better than the second place finisher.
Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:06.78, nearly nine seconds ahead of the field. Her time is the first provisional in Division I this season. Beckwith picks up right where she left off last season, as she posted a season best and IU record 2:05.55 last season.
While she didn't claim the top-spot in the NCAA, senior Ashley Rhoades put herself into a tie for the second spot nationally with a clearance of 1.78m (5-10). She won by three centimeters and posted her provisional mark. She was just a centimeter off her career best from 2009 and three off the IU record.
Also winning on the day for the men were, De'Sean Turner in the 3,000m (8:13.92), Andrew Bayer in the 800m (1:57.35), Kind Butler in the 200m (22.53), Devin Pipkin in the 60m (6.85), Patrick Onye in the weight throw (18.39m (60-4)), and the 4x400m relay team of Martin Stephen, Chris Vaughn, Devin Pipkin and Ryan Hindes (3:18.52).
Other event winners for the women were Ruth Christopher in the 600m (1:34.82), Jackie Coleman in the triple jump (11.59m (38-0.25), and the 4x400m relay team of Beckwith, Ann-Marie Clarke, Ashley Baker and Lindsey Hartman (3:52.58).
Three Hoosiers finished as the collegiate winners, finishing behind only professionals and unattached athletes. Freshman Kelsie Ahbe (12-1.5) finished behind only unattached athlete Vera Neuenswander in the pole vault. Ann-Marie Clarke (25.35) finished second to Beijing Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg (25.26) in the 200m. Daniel Stockberger (4:11.37) finished behind only Brooks runner Derek Scott and Steve Ludwig of the Indiana Invaders.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, January 16, when they will take on Purdue in a dual meet for the first time since 2004. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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