Hoosiers Face First Large Meet in Gladstein Invitational
Jan. 20, 2010
The Gladstein Invitational is the largest meet of the season to date for the Hoosiers. The two-day meet will feature combined events and invitational sections. Invitational races have been grouped together for the ease of spectators. The meet will feature 13 schools, 8 clubs or professional organizations, over 780 athletes and two Beijing Olympians (Hyleas Fountain and Mary Wineberg). Combined events will begin at noon ET on Friday, Jan. 22 and regular competition will start at 3:20 p.m. Saturday will see competition begin at 10 a.m. ET with combined events again starting things off and regular competition beginning at 11 a.m.
This meet saw Hoosiers record two provisional qualifications, a school record and a facility record last season. Molly Beckwith ran what was then the fastest 600 meters ever for IU and Gladstein Fieldhouse.
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LAST TIME OUT
Rhoades moved to within one centimeter of the NCAA automatic qualifying mark with her school-record performance in the high jump. Her clearance of 1.84m (6-0.5) made her the first female to ever clear six-feet for IU. She improved her career marks by two inches and breaks a Hoosier record that stood for 13 years.
Olamigoke posted his first career provisional mark to win the triple jump. He hopped, skipped and jumped 15.48m (50-9.5), good for ninth in the impressive IU triple jump records. His jump is among the top-five in Division I this season.
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5), improving her national-leading mark and moving to within 10 centimeters of the NCAA automatic standard. She finished nearly six feet ahead of her closest competitor.
Coover cleared 5.41m (17-9.25) to improve his provisional mark. He added five centimeters to his season best and is now within four of his career mark. Coover was 4.25 inches better than the second-place vaulter, Eric Sparks of Purdue.
Drouin cleared 2.17m (7-1.5) for a 1.25 inch victory over the field. Drouin posted an automatic qualifying mark at the Indiana Open.
The height is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and was 8.5 inches better than the next best competitor in the event. Drouin completed the day by posting a career best in the long jump, claiming third in the event with a leap of 7.08 meters (23-2.75), bettering his previous best by 60 centimeters (1-11.5).
For his efforts at the Indiana Open, the Big Ten conference named him Big Ten Field Athlete of the week. The award marks the first weekly laurel for Drouin's career and is the first accolade for an Indiana men's field athlete since senior Jeff Coover won the award two weeks in a row last season.
Drouin added another notch to his belt this season, posting the team's best 60m hurdle time of the season against Purdue. His time of 8.20 seconds is the sixth-fastest in school history.
GOTTA HAVE FAITH, AT NCAAS
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5), improving her provisional mark and moving to within 10 centimeters of the NCAA automatic standard. She finished nearly six feet ahead of her closest competitor. Sherrill is nearly two feet ahead of her closest conference foe.
The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native also posted a career best in the weight throw at the Indiana Open, adding nearly four feet to her previous high with a heave of 18.34m (60-2). The toss moves her from sixth to fourth in the IU records.
The Big Ten conference honored Sherrill's performance at the Indiana Open with Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. This is the first weekly award for Sherrill. Tiffany Howard was the last Hoosier to win a field accolade as she won the award on January 12 last season.
COOV JUMPS SMOOV
BECKWITH IS BEST IN BIG TEN AND D1
Beckwith posted wins in the mile and 800 against Purdue. Beckwith was just 1.08 seconds off the provisional standard in the mile in what was her first collegiate mile, finishing in 4:48.08. The time is the sixth-fastest in school history.
THE RHOADES TO FAYETTEVILLE
Rhoades recorded a clearance of 1.78m (5-10) at the Indiana Open. She won by three centimeters and was just a centimeter off her career best from 2009 and three off the IU record.
NCAAS JUST HOP, SKIP & JUMP AWAY
BIG TEN HONORS TWO
"With both Derek and Faith, the effort put into offseason preparation is paying off," Helmer said, "which is evidenced by the quality of marks that they were able to record on Saturday."
BACK IN CRIMSON
Faith Sherrill redshirted during indoor and outdoor last season after a breakout campaign in 2008. Sherill will look to pick up where she left off, as she advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2008.
Indiana's distance corps on the men's side took a hit in 2009, as six of the IU runners redshirted at least one season. Highlighting that group were redshirt freshmen Andy Bayer, Zach Mayhew and Nate Morrow and redshirt sophomores Andy Weatherford, Ben Hubers and Cole Hardacre. Bayer redshirted the indoor campaign and the three sophomores redshirted outdoors. The group helped lead Indiana to a successful cross country season that saw them enter the national rankings.
After an indoor campaign where he earned All-America honors and a Big Ten pole vault crown, Jeff Coover sat out the outdoor season to train. Coover finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009.
IU's best threat in the 400 to 600m races sat out the 2009 campaign to get stronger as well. Senior Martin Stephen II will return in 2010 after doing heavier mileage training this summer and fall. Stephen will look to bolster an improved sprints group for the Hoosiers this season.
The 2010 roster features six Canadian-born athletes. The Canucks are led by returning All-Americans Drouin and Ben Hubers as well as redshirt freshman Daniel Novia. New to the IU squad are freshmen Shona Dunkley, Arianne Raby and Emma Kimoto.
Drouin, the pride of Corunna, Ontario, took second at the NCAA Indoor meet, won the Big Ten outdoor meet and the NCAA regional. He also posted wins at the Drake Relays and the Junior Pan-Am games. His clearance of 2.27m (7-5.25) at the Pan-Am games is the IU outdoor record.
Hubers, who was born in Canada before his family moved to Georgia, earned All-America honors as a member of the IU distance medley relay team. Hubers ran the 3,200m leg on the seventh-place team at NCAAs. The Hoosiers advanced in the DMR because of an automatic qualifying time of 9:31.81 at the Alex Wilson Invite. The time is the second-fastest in school history.
Novia redshirted in 2009. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished second at the Canadian Jr. Championships in the shot put.
Dunkley, from Pickering, Ontario, was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 Canadian Jr. Championships. Kimoto was the high jump champion in British Columbia and finished fifth at the 2009 junior nationals.
Raby, from Repentigny, Quebec, was a provincial medalist in cross country and has placed as high as second in the 800m at the Francophone Games. Raby ran cross country for IU this fall and was in the top seven at the NCAA Championships for the Hoosiers.
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