Women's Track

    An Indiana Assault on Boilers, Record Books in Dual Meet

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Ashley Rhoades took the top spot in Division I on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Ashley Rhoades took the top spot in Division I on Saturday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 16, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana dominated from start to finish, beating Purdue on Saturday. The men's team, lead by NCAA provisional qualifying performances from sophomores Derek Drouin and Olumide Olamigoke and senior Jeff Coover, won by a 96-40 score. The women were just as dominant, winning 93-43 behind NCAA leading marks from senior Ashley Rhoades and junior Faith Sherrill. Hoosiers won all but eight of the 30 events on the day.

    Rhoades moved to within one centimeter of the NCAA automatic qualifying mark with her school-record performance in the high jump. Her clearance of 1.84m (6-0.5) is the best in Division I this season and makes her the first female to ever clear six-feet for IU. She improves her career marks by two inches and breaks a Hoosier record that stood for 13 years (Nathalie Belfort jumped 1.81m in 1997).

    Olamigoke posted his first career provisional mark to win the triple jump. He hopped, skipped and jumped 15.48m (50-9.5), good for ninth in the impressive IU triple jump records. His jump is among the top-five in Division I this season.

    Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5), improving her national-leading mark and moving to within 10 centimeters of the NCAA automatic standard. She finished nearly six feet ahead of her closest competitor. Sherrill added a second-place finish in the weight throw, part of another Hoosier sweep of the points in the dual. Winning in the weight was teammate Kristen Crawford who was just four centimeters shy of the provisional standard. Crawford recorded a heave of 18.22m (59-9.25), good for fifth in IU lore.

    Coover cleared 5.41m (17-9.25) to improve his provisional mark. He added five centimeters to his season best and is now within four of his career mark. Coover was 4.25 inches better than the second-place vaulter, Eric Sparks of Purdue.

    Drouin cleared 2.17m (7-1.5) for a 1.25 inch victory over the field. Drouin posted an automatic qualifying mark at the Indiana Open. Drouin also won the 60m hurdles in a sweep for IU. His time of 8.20 seconds is the sixth-fastest in school history. He improved his career best by .14 seconds.

    Freshman Patrick Onye continues to impress in his first season as a Hoosier, as he inched closer to the NCAA provisional standard in the weight throw. His heave of 19.44m (63-9.25) is just six centimeters shy of the standard and is good for third in the IU records.

    Freshman Andrew Bayer came dangerously close to the provisional standard in the mile. His time of 4:03.64 was just .14 seconds off the 4:03.50 standard. Junior De'Sean Turner (1:51.14) was also close to the standard in the 800 meters, finishing just .64 seconds slower than the provisional mark of 1:50.50. Both won their prospective races in 1-2-3 sweeps for IU.

    The Hoosiers won 22 events total on the day.

    The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, January 22, when they will host the Gladstein Invitational. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.

     

     

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