SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers open the 2011 season with the Indiana Open on Saturday, Jan. 8. The meet is the first of six meets hosted by IU during the indoor campaign, including four meets in 35 days. The meet was a very successful start to a historic 2010 season, as four Hoosiers came out of the meet leading the NCAA in their respective events, including a school-record performance from Faith Sherrill in the shot put and an NCAA automatic qualifying clearance from Derek Drouin in the high jump.
PREVIEWING THE HOOSIERS
Nine Hoosiers on the 2011 roster have already earned All-America honors in their careers. One Hoosier looking to return to All-America form this year is Vera Neuenswander. Neuenswander returns to the Hoosier lineup after spending the 2010 season in a redshirt while completing her student teaching. The social studies education major capped her 2009 season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault.
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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