Women's Track

    Stronger Competition Awaits Hoosiers at Indiana Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Molly Beckwith took second in the 400 meter dash, finishing only behind Beijing Olympic gold medalist Mary Weinberg at the Indiana Open.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Molly Beckwith took second in the 400 meter dash, finishing only behind Beijing Olympic gold medalist Mary Weinberg at the Indiana Open.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 15, 2009

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    The Indiana Invitational is the second of four consecutive home meets to open the 2009 indoor season for the Hoosiers. The meet will be hosted at Gladstein Fielhouse on Jan. 17, 2009, with the first event scheduled for competition at 11 a.m. ET.

    The meet will include teams from Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, South Florida, Michigan and Illinois. Several elite unnattached athletes will also compete at the meet, including former world champion and 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson.

    HOWARD IS THE BIG TEN'S BEST OF THE WEEK
    The Big Ten Conference has announced the Big Ten track and field athletes of the week for the week of Jan. 3-10, and Indiana's Tiffany Howard has been selected as the field honoree. Howard posted an NCAA provisional qualification in the shot put to win the event at the Indiana Open.

    Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that the award could be a sign of things to come this season for Howard and the rest of the IU throwers under the direction of assistant coach Jermaine Jones.

    "Tiffany has worked very hard in preparation for her senior year," Helmer said. "It is very exciting to see her hard work start to pay off with a great early season personal record. Both Tiffany and Coach Jones should be very excited about her potential for success this year."

    Howard improved her indoor best by 1.5 meters (previous best was 14.33m) in her winning effort. Her heave of 15.83m (51-11.25) was 76 centimeters better than Faith Sherrill who came in second while competing unattached. She bettered the NCAA provisional standard by 63 centimeters. The mark is the fourth best in the IU record books. Howard also increased her career best in the weight throw by 11 centimeters with a heave of 15.06m (49-5), which is good for tenth all-time at Indiana.

    BUSINESS IN THE FRONT, PARTY IN THE BACK FOR Ben Stephen
    Sophomore Ben Stephen drew huge cheers with his career-best toss of 18.18m (59-7.75). The shot put was the last event to finish up, and Stephen made sure to end the meet with a bang.

    His toss was 1.19 meters better than Steve Hnat's second-place throw. He bettered the provisional standard by 43 centimeters. His mark is the eighth best in Hoosier history. Stephen also finished sixth in the weight throw with another career-best heave of 17.14m (56-2.75). His mark in the weight throw is the seventh best ever at IU.

    PROVISIONAL POLE VAULT FOR COOVER
    Coover matched his indoor career best vault of 5.20m (17-0.75) to win the pole vault. Coover, an outdoor all-American in 2008, was 20 centimeters better than his closest competition. He matched the provisional standard with his clearance.

    RHOADES AND DROUIN WIN, NARROWLY MISS PROVISIONAL MARK
    Junior Ashley Rhoades and freshman Derek Drouin narrowly missed provisional heights in their winning efforts in the high jump. Rhoades posted a career best clearance of 1.75m (5-8.75) to win the event, and she narrowly missed on her three attempts at clearing the 1.78m NCAA provisional standard.

    Drouin won in much the same fashion. His career-best clearance of 2.10m was five centimeters better than his competition. He also barely missed on three attempts at the 2.16m provisional standard.

    FOUR MORE TAKE INDIANA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Also winning events at the meet were senior Wil Glover in the 60m dash (6.80), sophomore De'Sean Turner in the 800m run (1:53.75), sophomore Cole Hardacre in the mile run (4:13.17), and freshman Olumide Olamigoke in the triple jump (14.46m (47-5.25)).

    BECKWITH TAKES SILVER IN BATTLE WITH OLYMPIC GOLD-MEDALIST
    Senior Molly Beckwith took second in the 400 meter dash, finishing only behind Beijing Olympic gold medalist Mary Weinberg. Her time of 55.41 was .70 seconds faster than the runner in third. The time is the ninth fastest in IU history.

    BREAKING INTO THE IU RECORD BOOKS
    Women
    60m

    9. Aireonna Bailey 7.81 2009 Indiana Open
    400m
    9. Molly Beckwith 55.41 2009 Indiana Open
    60m Hurdles
    9. Ann-Marie Clarke 9.15 2009 Indiana Open
    Weight Throw
    6. Kristen Ness 16.91m 2009 Indiana Open
    Shot Put
    4. Tiffany Howard 15.83m 2009 Indiana Open

    Men
    60m Hurdles
    9. Ronneal Williams 8.53 2009 Indiana Open
    Shot Put
    8. Ben Stephen 18.18m 2009 Indiana Open

    AWARDS AND QUALIFICATIONS
    Women
    Big Ten Athlete of the Week
    Jan. 3-10 Tiffany Howard

    Provisional Qualifications
    Tiffany Howard Shot Put 15.83m

    Men
    Provisional Qualifications
    Jeff Coover Pole Vault 5.20m
    Ben Stephen Shot Put 18.18m


     

     

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