Big Day for the Hoosiers in Bloomington and Arkansas
Feb. 12, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind./FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Indiana track and field closed out the home slate of the indoor season with a pair of new NCAA automatic qualifying performances, moving the season total to nine for Indiana. In Arkansas, the Hoosiers got wins in three events, including a win in the shot put and two in the high jump.
Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers took the first two spots in the 3,000m invitational with automatic NCAA qualifying times. Poore won with a time of 7:53.81 and Hubers finished in 7:54.37, the third- and fourth-best times in IU history. Poore and Hubers both earned their second NCAA auto mark of the season.
In Arkansas, Faith Sherrill completed a sweep of the throws at the meet, winning the shot put title a day after taking the weight throw. She won with a heave of 17.37m (57-0). IU's Monique Riddick was 4th with a heave of 15.76m (51-8.5).
Derek Drouin took second in the men's high jump invitational, clearing 2.27m (7-5.25). The clearance is his second of the year at that height, which is an inch better than the NCAA auto standard.
In Bloomington, Chelsea Blanchard took the win in the women's 3,000m invitational, clocking a time of 9:19.87. Her time is the fourth best in IU history and ranks 13th nationally and is the Big Ten's best this season.
Portia Bailey took the collegiate title in the 60m hurdles, finishing behind only Olympic medalist Hyleas Fountain. Bailey's time of 8.70 seconds is the seventh-best in IU history.
In the women's mile invitational, Hoosiers finished first through sixth, with every runner posting a career best time. Kelsey Duerksen took the win with a time of 4:47.14, the seventh-best time in school history. Breanne Ehrman's second-place time, 4:48.07, is the ninth-best in IU lore.
In the women's 800m invitational, IU alum Molly Beckwith clocked a new facility record of 2:03.01 for the win. She was followed in by Jordan Gray, who clocked a time of 2:10.92, the ninth-best time in the Big Ten this season.
The Hoosiers continue action at the Tyson Invitational and Hoosier Hills on Saturday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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