Hoosiers Blaze New Track at Billy Hayes
May 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana showed off just how fast the new Billy Hayes Track can be in the new surface's first meet, the Billy Hayes Invitational. IU got a new track record from Molly Beckwith, a school record from Faith Sherrill and seven event wins.
Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:02.18, bettering her own track record by .33 seconds. Her time is the third best by an American this outdoor season and the second best on the Div. I list. Beckwith set the previous track record at the meet in 2009. Her time is the second-fastest in school history. Beckwith was followed in by Lindsey Hartman who took second in 2:06.40, which is second in the Big Ten this season behind Beckwith. Hartman's time is seventh fastest in IU lore. Ashley Baker took fourth with a time of 2:08.21.
Sherrill broke the IU record in the hammer throw with a huge improvement on her career mark. Her heave of 58.46m (191-9) is 13 feet and five inches better than her previous mark and 13 feet and four inches better than the previous IU record. The mark is the best in the Big Ten this season and 13th in the east region. Sherrill also took first in the discus with a heave of 46.50m (152-7).
Derek Drouin bettered his season mark with a clearance of 2.23m (7-3.75). The clearance moves him into sixth on the Div. I list. He was 19 centimeters better than the rest of the field.
Olu Olamigoke recorded a leap of 15.62m (51-3). He was more than four feet better than the rest of the field and leads the Big Ten by 40 centimeters. His jump is the ninth best in IU history and is just one centimeter out of seventh.
Erica Ridderman took the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:45.40. She was 16.5 seconds better than the second place runner and moves into sixth in the IU records.
The Hoosiers took the men's 4x100m relay with a time of 40.36. That is the best time by an IU squad in three years and is just .01 seconds out of the top-10 times in school history.
Jeff Coover took the pole vault crown, clearing 5.30m (17-4.5). Ashley Rhoades won the high jump with a clearance of 1.77m (5-9.75). Logan Griffith was the collegiate winner in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.74 seconds.
The Hoosiers return to action on May 14-16, when they host the Big Ten Championships. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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