Coover Third, Rhoades, Sherrill and Men's DMR Seventh
March 12, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships was great for Indiana, as the Hoosiers earned All-America honors in four events. Senior Jeff Coover led the way, taking third in the pole vault. The Hoosiers got three seventh-place finishes, from junior Faith Sherrill in the weight throw, senior Ashley Rhoades in the high jump and the men's distance medley relay team. Senior Molly Beckwith won her heat to advance to the finals of the 800m. IU finished the day tied for 10th in the men's standings with eight points. The Hoosiers scored four points on the women's side for a share of 23rd.
Coover cleared 5.45m (17-10.5) for third place in the men's pole vault. The finish is the best in the career of the La Jolla, Calif., native and is the best in the pole vault for a Hoosier since Mark Buse took third in the event at the 1995 outdoor meet. Coover is now a three-time All-American, as he posted a fourth-place finish at the 2009 indoor meet and took seventh outdoors in 2008. Coover scored six points for the Hoosiers.
Sherrill becomes Indiana's first All-American in the women's weight throw. Her heave of 20.00m (65-7.5) earned her seventh place. Sherrill was 5.5 centimeters better than the eighth-place finisher. Her performance earned the Hoosiers two points. She is an All-American for the first time in her career.
Rhoades became IU's second All-American in the women's high jump. She matched Nathalie Belfort's effort from 1997, finishing in seventh place. Rhoades cleared 1.81m (5-11.75) to claim her first career All-America certificate.
The men's distance medley relay team took seventh, matching IU's place in the event last season. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer provided a huge performance in the anchor leg. With four laps to go, Bayer had the baton knocked out of his hand, dropping him from seventh place to 15 meters behind the pack. Bayer regrouped and reeled in four runners to claim All-America honors. Bayer was joined on the podium by juniors De'Sean Turner, Kind Butler and Daniel Stockberger. The group scored two points for the team.
Beckwith finished in 2:04.61 to win her heat of the 800m. She recorded the second-best qualifying time for the final, just .06 seconds behind the top qualifier. She will run in the Saturday final.
Sophomore Andrew Poore took 15th in the 5,000m with a time of 14:32.09. The Hoosiers took 11th in the women's D.M.R., recording a time of
IU track and field closes out the indoor campaign on day two at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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