Hoosiers Prepared for First Two-Day Meet of 2009
Jan. 21, 2009
The Gladstein Invitational is the third of four consecutive home meets to open the 2009 indoor season for the Hoosiers. The meet will be hosted at Gladstein Fieldhouse on Jan. 23-24, 2009, with multi-events beginning at noon ET on Friday.
The meet is expected to include more than 1,200 athletes. Included in the large field will be Gladstein Fieldhouse record holder in the shot put Liz Wanless of the New York Athletic Club and 2008 NCAA champion in the shot put and weight throw Cory Martin. Martin is also a Gladstein Fieldhouse record holder.
LAST TIME OUT
HIGH JUMPERS RAISE THE BAR
Drouin cleared 2.15m (7-00.50) to become the collegiate champion at the meet. He came in second to professional jumper Adam Shunk. His jump is the third best in Division I this season, the second best in the conference in 2009 and ties him for eighth in the IU record book. The freshman jumper recorded his second win in the high jump in as many weeks.
STEPHEN STEPS UPS HIS GAME, STEPS INTO IU RECORDS
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.
IU VAULTERS HOLD BIG TEN'S BEST MARKS, QUALIFICATIONS
Senior Jeff Coover matched his indoor career-best vault of 5.20m (17-0.75) to win the pole vault at the Indiana Open. Coover, an outdoor All-American in 2008, was 20 centimeters better than his closest competition. He matched the provisional standard with his clearance, and his mark is the best in the Big Ten this season.
BECKWITH POSTS PROVISIONAL IN 800M, BIG TEN'S BEST IN 400M
Senior Molly Beckwith took second in the 400 meter dash at the Indiana Open, finishing only behind Beijing Olympic gold medalist Mary Weinberg. Her time of 55.41 was 0.70 seconds faster than the runner in third. The time is the ninth fastest in IU history, and her time stands as the fastest by a Big Ten runner this season.
HOWARD IS 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 and the sixth best in Division I this season.
MORE EVENT WINNERS FOR IU
Others winning events for IU at the Indiana Invite were sophomore De'Sean Turner in the 800m (1:53.07), sophomore Ben Stephen in the shot put (17.48m (57-4.25)) and a 4x800m relay team of sophomores Andrew Poore, Andrew Weatherford and Turner and senior Evan Bardach (7:43.30). Turner's 800m run was the fifth fastest in the conference in 2009.
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