Blanchard With Another Big Time Performance
Jan. 28, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Andy Bayer and Chelsea Blanchard followed up Big Ten Athlete of the Week performances in the 3,000 meters a week ago with elite performances in the mile at the Indiana Relays. Bayer clocked a world-leading time for the second-straight weekend.
Bayer brought lots of cheers to a standing-room only crowd at the Indiana Relays, clocking a time of 3:57.75 for the world's fastest mile this season. Bayer was the collegiate leader entering the meet, and with his time, became the first runner in the nation to surpass the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 3:59.00 this season. The time is the third-best in IU lore, surpassing Bob Kennedy and John Jefferson. Ben Hubers took fifth in 4:00.47, good for fifth in the nation this season.
Blanchard won the women's mile in 4:41.18, just .04 seconds off the national lead. Her time is the fifth-best in school history and 11th in the world this season.
In the men's weight throw, Patrick Onye moved up the national list with a second-place heave of 20.02m (65-8.25). He ranks 11th on the season in Division I and improved his third-best mark in the IU record books. He is now within three inches of the second-best throw in Hoosiers history, a 2005 bomb by Wil Fleming.
Jordan Gray took the 600m invitational in 1:31.98. That is the fourth-best time in the Big Ten this season.
Derek Drouin won the long jump with a leap of 7.10m (23-3.5), a lifetime best. He was seven inches better than the second-place jumper. Drouin also advanced to a Saturday semifinal in the 60m hurdles with the second-best qualifying time, 8.16 seconds. He'll be joined in the semifinals by teammates Ronneal Williams, Logan Griffith and Steven Turpin.
Kristen Crawford was second in the weight throw with a heave of 18.61m (61-0.75).
The Hoosiers return to action when they host the Indiana Relays on January 28-29. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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