Women's Track

    Hoosiers Look to Take the Boiler Down

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt Freshman Portia Bailey
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt Freshman Portia Bailey
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 13, 2011

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    The Hoosiers get a chance to battle the rival Boilermakers this week when they visit West Lafayette, Ind., for a dual meet with Purdue. The meet was a renewal of the rivalry last year after several years without the teams meeting in the regular season. The Hoosiers defeated Purdue handily a year ago on both the men's (96-40) and women's sides (93-43). The Hoosiers won 22 events out of 30 at the meet in 2010. The meet will be scored using the old system of 5-3-1 for the top three spots in open events and 5-0 in relays.

    The Indiana track and field program opened the 2011 season by hosting the Indiana Open. The relatively small meet produced big results as Faith Sherrill shattered a Big Ten record in the shot put and Derek Drouin came very close to tying another Big Ten record in the high jump, and both finished the day with the nation's top marks on the season. Indiana won 23 events on the day and finished the afternoon with national leaders in three events.

    Sherrill won the shot put. Her heave of 18.00m (59-0.75) broke the Big Ten record by two feet and 6.5 inches. Monique Riddick posted a throw of 15.87m (52-1) for second place.

    Drouin cleared 2.27m (7-5.25) for the win in the high jump. He bettered the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 2.24m. Drouin also showed some versatility by winning the 60m hurdles on the day as well in a career-best 8.16 seconds.

    Kelsey Duerksen clocked a time of 4:50.81 to take the win in the mile. She was followed in by teammates Chelsea Blanchard (2nd, 4:51.00) and Samantha Ginther (3rd, 4:53.46). Duerksen also posted a win in the 800 meters on the day with a time of 2:15.67.

    Chris Vaughn was the winner in the 200m in 21.64 seconds. Kind Butler posted a time of 6.80 to win the 60m dash. Devin Pipkin was second in 6.85. In the men's 800 meters, Hoosiers took the top-five spots for collegiate runners, including Andy Bayer (1:50.73), Joe Holahan (1:51.11) and Danny Stockberger (1:51.21).

    Patrick Onye won the weight throw with a heave of 19.12m (62-8.75). Emma Kimoto won the high jump, clearing 1.70m (5-7), and Kristen Crawford won the weight throw with a heave of 18.84m (61-9.75) while Sherrill was second (18.78m (61-7.5)).

    Other Hoosiers winning on the day were Kelsie Ahbe in the pole vault, Cedric Hudson in the long jump, Rex Parker in the triple jump and Derek Messmer in the pole vault. The Hoosiers also got wins from Butler, Vaughn, Ryan Hindes and Matt Gerbick in the men's 4x400m relay with a time of 3:17.00 and Aireonna Bailey, Ann-Marie Clarke, Fabrina Espinoza and Ruth Christopher in the women's 4x400m relay in 3:53.66.

    Senior Faith Sherrill didn't waste any time getting a big mark on the board this season. She did it with her first throw, recording the 10th-best mark in collegiate history in the shot put, which stands as the current world leader.

    Coming into the Indiana Open, Sherrill held the IU record in the shot put at 16.80m. With her first throw, she took the record books to a different level. Her heave of 18.00m (59-0.75) broke the Big Ten record by two feet and 6.5 inches, her school record by three feet 11.25 inches, the Gladstein Fieldhouse record by 3.5 inches and bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard by three feet 7.25 inches. In the young season, she is the only Div. I thrower to surpass 17 meters, let alone 18. Perhaps putting Sherrill's throw in perspective, it is the 10th-best collegiate throw all-time and the eighth-best collegiate throw ever by an American. The performance earned Sherrill Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for the third time in her career.

    After two years of watching Derek Drouin dominate collegiate high jumping, Hoosier fans weren't surprised at all to see him jump to the top of the descending order list at the first meet of the season. With an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, Drouin can now focus on the 2.31m bar, which represents the Big Ten record and the IAAF World `A' qualifying standard.

    Drouin cleared 2.27m (7-5.25) in the high jump which ties him for the national lead in the high jump. He bettered the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 2.24m. Drouin finished out with three solid attempts at 2.30m, which is the Big Ten record as well as a qualifying height for the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Drouin also showed some versatility by winning the 60m hurdles on the day as well in a career-best 8.16 seconds, which is the fifth-fastest time in IU history and ranks among the nation's top 35 this season.

    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.

    Nine Hoosiers on the 2011 roster have already earned All-America honors in their careers. 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.

    Fans of IU track and field will have access to greatly expanded coverage of the Hoosiers in 2011. Media Relations contact Kyle Johnson will be covering the Hoosiers all season long on Twitter and IUHoosiers.com. His Twitter posts will include live updates from meets all season long.

    Weekly Youtube videos, previews, recaps, photo galleries, results and much, much more will be available all season long. You can get updates sent straight to your mobile device or computer via Twitter by following Johnson at twitter.com/KJatIU.



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