Indiana Open Marks the Start of the Indoor Season
Jan. 6, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
PREVIEWING THE HOOSIERS
Neuenswander will compete alongside sophomore Kelsie Ahbe for the first time at the Indiana Open. Ahbe had a breakout freshman campaign in 2010, advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the IAAF Jr. World Championships. Neuenswander, Ahbe and senior Stephanie Chin have all advanced to an NCAA Championship meet, and will look to dominate the Big Ten this season, and hopefully advance more than one woman to a single NCAA meet in the pole vault for the first time in school history. Indiana is the only program in Div. I with three NCAA qualifiers in the women's pole vault returning for the 2011 season.
Based on marks from the 2009-10 seasons returning to competition this year, Indiana has 11 Big Ten leading marks indoors (5 women/6 men) and 11 Big Ten leading marks outdoors (6 women/5 men).
The 2010 season was a record-breaking one for Indiana track and field. A school record 13 Hoosiers became All-America honorees at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. Indiana finished the year with a total of 18 All-America certificates.
Hoosiers were competing at levels never seen before at Indiana University, as evidenced by the 10 IU records broken over the course of the year. Hoosiers garnered three Big Ten Athlete of the Year awards, two IU Athlete of the Year awards and Derek Drouin claimed indoor and outdoor NCAA titles in the high jump.
At the NCAA Indoor Championships, the IU men finished in the top 10 for the first time in five years, placing sixth overall. Indiana got five top-three finishes at NCAA meets over the course of the year and won nine Big Ten individual titles. In cross country, the Hoosier men took a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships and followed that up with a seventh-place showing at NCAAs, led by All-American Andrew Poore.
THE HOOSIERS ON FLOTRACK
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