Jan. 17, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers won ten events in their second meet of the indoor season. The Indiana Invitational is the second of four consecutive home meets to open the indoor slate for IU. On top of the ten wins, the Hoosiers had 22 top-three finishes and five provisionally qualifying marks. The high jumpers and pole vaulters led the way for Indiana on the day, as IU swept the events on the men's and women's sides.
Junior Ashley Rhoades posted the first provisional qualification of her career to win the women's high jump, as did freshman Derek Drouin in the men's high jump. Rhoades' clearance of 1.79m (5-10.5) is a career best and the second best in IU history. The jump is also the second best in division I and the best in the Big Ten on the 2009 season. Rhoades is now just two centimeters shy of the IU record. This win comes on the heals of a win at the Indiana Open last weekend.
Drouin cleared 2.15m (7-00.50) to become the collegiate champion at the meet. He came in second to professional jumper Adam Shunk. His jump is the third best in division I this season and ties him for second in the IU records. The freshman jumper recorded his second win in the high jump in as many weeks.
In the pole vault, senior Jeff Coover and junior Vera Neuenswander both took first place. Neuenswander cleared 4.10m (13-05.25), just a centimeter shy of her career best. The mark ties her for second in division I and is the best in the conference this season. Her clearance was ten centimeters better than the second place finisher, Mallory Peck of Purdue. Coover took the win in the men's pole vault, clearing 5.12m (16-09.50).
Senior Molly Beckwith posted a provisional mark in the 800m run. Her time of 2:08.65 is the second best in division I this season. She finished .35 seconds ahead of the provisional standard for a second-place finish.
Indiana's fifth provisional mark came in the women's shot put. Tiffany Howard followed up her Big Ten Athlete of the Week performance at the Indiana Open with another win and provisional mark this weekend. Her heave of 15.20m (49-10.50) was 70 centimeters better than her closest competitor, Emily Pendleton of Michigan. Howard's toss last week of 15.85m stands as the Big Ten's best and the third best in division I this season.
Also winning for Indiana were sophomore De'Sean Turner in the 800m (1:53.07), sophomore Andy Weatherford in the mile run (4:13.93), sophomore Ben Stephen in the shot put (17.48m (57-4.25)) and a 4x800m relay team of sophomores Andrew Poore, Weatherford and Turner and senior Evan Bardach (7:43.30).
The Hoosiers return to action next weekend, when they host the Gladstein Invitational. For complete coverage of Indiana track and field, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.