May 17, 2009
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Ashley Rhoades claimed the first Big Ten title of her career, winning the high jump. Three Hoosiers claimed Big Ten crowns over the three day meet, as senior Kiwan Lawson and freshman Derek Drouin won titles on Saturday. The women's team finished the meet with 74.25 points for fifth place, and the men scored 58 points for tenth place.
Rhoades cleared 1.78m (5-10) to better the field. The second best mark was made by four of her competitors at 1.75m. Rhoades is the first Big Ten high jump champion in the history of the Indiana women's track and field program. She bettered the regional standard by three centimeters. Rhoades' season best of 1.81m (5-11.25) had her enter the day as the top seed. Rhoades brought home ten points for the Hoosiers.
In the women's 5,000 meters, juniors Wendi Robinson and Sarah Pease scored point for Indiana with regional qualifying times for fifth and eighth place respectfully. Robinson finished in 16:25.75 to improve her season mark, as did Pease, who had a time of 16:30.93. Robinson's time is the third-fastest in school history, and Pease comes in at number five in the IU records. The duo got five points for the Hoosier cause.
In the men's triple jump, the Hoosiers got seven points out of freshmen Olu Olamigoke and Rex Parker. The pair of Virginia native jumpers finished just a centimeter apart for fifth and sixth. Olamigoke jumped 14.91m (48-11) for fifth, and Parker jumped 14.90m (48-10.75) for sixth. Parker's jump is a 1 foot 8.25 inch improvement on his career mark.
The Hoosiers got four more sixth-place finishes, each garnering three team points. On the women's side, senior Tiffany Howard was sixth in the discus (45.04m (147-9)), and the 4x400m relay team of senior Audrey Smoot, juniors Molly Beckwith and Kayla Smith and sophomore Lindsey Hartman took sixth (3:44.93). For the men, sophomore Andrew Poore was sixth in the 5,000 meters (14:30.33), and sophomore Robert Smallman took sixth in the pole vault with a career best jump of 4.96m (16-3.25).
Also scoring for the Hoosiers were the men's and women's 4x100m relay teams, who both took seventh, Hartman, who was eighth in the 800 meters and freshman Ben Stephen, who was eighth in the shot put.
Stephen improved his regional mark to 17.37m (57"). The heave is an eight inch improvement and is 57 centimeters better than the regional standard.
The Hoosiers return to action on May 29 at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Louisville, Ky. Indiana will bring 23 regional qualifiers to Louisville. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.