Stronger Competition Awaits Hoosiers at Indiana Invitational
Jan. 15, 2009
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
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
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
RHOADES AND DROUIN WIN, NARROWLY MISS PROVISIONAL MARK
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.
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