Women's Track

    Excitement Continues on the Track at the Indiana Relays

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt Sophomore Patrick Onye
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt Sophomore Patrick Onye
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 26, 2011

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    The Indiana Relays is next on tap for the Hoosiers. The meet is the third of six meets hosted by IU during the indoor campaign, including four meets in 35 days. The meet will feature more than 20 teams and more than 1,200 entries. Highlighting the meet will be invitational sections, which will be showcased from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The invitational sections at the Gladstein Invitational a week ago produced some of the fastest times in the nation and the world and the Indiana Relays should be no different.

    On Friday evening, children are invited to visit the Kid's Zone on the West end of Gladstein Fieldhouse at 7:30 p.m., where IU track and field athletes will be available for photos and autographs.

    Indiana finished the Gladstein Invitational in the national spotlight. Indiana produced times and marks that rank among the best in the country and the world this season and finished the meet with wins in 19 events.

    Bayer's time of 7:48.35 in the 3,000m is the fastest in the world this year and the fastest in school history. Three teammates followed Bayer in as Hoosiers took places 1-4. Andrew Poore was second with a time of 7:55.54. Ben Hubers was third in the 3K in 7:59.68. Zach Mayhew was fourth in 8:05.96.In the women's 3,000m, Chelsea Blanchard took the win with a time of 9:24.41. Teammate Sarah Pease took fourth in 9:31.16.



    In the women's shot put, Faith Sherrill took the win with a throw of 17.39m (57-0.75). Sherrill's teammate Monique Riddick showed that she too is among the nation's elite, taking third with a heave of 16.42m (53-10.5).

    In the invitational mile races, Danny Stockberger and Andy Weatherford finished 1-2 in 4:05.54 and 4:05.98. Caitlin Engel, Breanne Ehrman and Arianne Raby went 1-2-3 in 4:52.55, 4:53.43 and 4:53.52 respectively.

    Olumide Olamigoke won the triple jump with a hop skip and jump of 15.21m (49-11). Patrick Onye took second in the weight throw with a heave of 19.68m (64-7). Ann-Marie Clarke and Jordan Gray went 1-2 in the 400m invitational. They finished in 56.78 and 56.81 respectively.

    Kind Butler won the 60 meters in 6.82 seconds to remain unbeaten on the season. Butler also won the 200m invitational in 21.30, good for fifth all-time at IU. Derek Drouin won the heptathlon with a score of 5,315.

    Indiana won several other events on the day. Ashley Baker won the 600m invitational in 1:33.72. Aireonna Bailey won the women's 200m invitational in 24.58. Caitlin Engel won the 800m run in 2:14.88, and Samantha Gwin won the open 600 meters in 1:35.63. Ryan Hindes took the open 600m on the men's side in 1:22.08.

    The Hoosiers won all four relay events in the meet. The men's 4x400m relay went to the Hoosiers with a time of 3:19.06. Ann-Marie Clarke anchored the Hoosiers to a 3.47 second win in the women's 4x400, in 3:44.23. Danny Stockberger anchored IU to a time of 7:42.33 in the 4x800m relay, and the women won by 23.16 seconds in the 4x800, with a Sarah Pease bringing it across the finish.

    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 indoor mark in collegiate history in the shot put, which ranks number four in the world.

    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.

    Against Purdue, Sherrill broke the Lambert Fieldhouse record in the shot put with a heave of 17.92m (58-9.5), a week after breaking the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. She bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard for the second straight meet, still the only Big Ten thrower to do so. Just her second-best throw of the season, it is still 1-9.75 better than the second-best mark on the national list and 5-2.25 better than the second-best mark in the Big Ten, which belongs to teammate Monique Riddick. Riddick's heave of 16.42m (53-10.5) is ranked ninth nationally.

    Sherrill garnered Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts in the first two meets of the season. She has won the award four times in her career.

    The 2010 season was a breakout campaign for Andy Bayer. He ran times under four minutes in the mile and under eight minutes in the 3,000m and led with two laps to go in the 3,000m at NCAAs. He earned All-America honors in the 3,000m and anchored an All-America effort in the Distance Medley Relay.

    Bayer started 2011 off pretty strong as well. At Purdue, Bayer took the win in the mile, dominating the field for a win by over eight seconds. His time of 4:01.51 converts to 3:59.71 and is the fastest in the country this season.

    At the Gladstein Invitational, Bayer put the world on notice that he is a force to be reckoned with. Bayer's time of 7:48.35 in the 3,000m is the fastest in the world this year. His time is also the fastest in school history and a new facility record. Bayer got an assist from the man whose record he ended up breaking as IU legend Stephen Haas set the pace for the first 2,000 meters in the race before stepping off to cheer on the current Hoosiers.

    Bayer's time was 2.65 seconds better than the school record and 3.01 seconds better than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. He also finished 6.15 seconds faster than the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard, making him the only runner to do so in the 3,000m this season. Bayer's time is the 10th-fastest all-time by a collegiate indoors, the fourth-fastest all-time by an American collegiate indoors and the ninth fastest all-time by an American collegiate regardless of venue.

    Showing Bayer's versatility, his time of 1:50.73 in the 800m at the Indiana Open is the ninth-best time in the nation this season and ranks third in the Big Ten.

    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 tied him for the national lead in the high jump at the time and now ranks second. He bettered the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 2.24m.

    Against Purdue, Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.25m (7-4.5). He was 5.5 inches better than the rest of the field he bettered the NCAA automatic qualifying standard for the second-straight meet. Drouin also took the win the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.02 seconds, which is the third-fastest in school history.

    The last 12 times the junior has competed in the high jump, he has emerged victorious. That is the longest active winning streak for any athlete in Div. I, regardless of event or gender.

    One Hoosier looking to return to All-American 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.

    Neuenswander cleared 4.10m (13-5.25) at Purdue. That clearance ranks eighth on the national list and first in the Big Ten. Ahbe cleared 4.00m (13-1.5) at Purdue, becoming the third Hoosier all-time to clear 13 feet indoors. She ranks 20th nationally.

    Andy Bayer and Chelsea Blanchard were named the Big Ten Track Athletes of the Week for the week of Jan. 16-22, the conference announced. Bayer and Blanchard won the men's and women's 3,000m invitational races at the Gladstein Invite. Bayer posted the fourth-best indoor 3,000m time in history by an American-born collegiate. Bayer took home his fifth Big Ten weekly honor (two cross country, two indoor, one outdoor) and Blanchard won her first.

    The Gladstein Invitational produced outstanding 3,000m races for the second consecutive year. The Hoosiers were a big reason why. Bayer's time speaks for itself, but he was not alone. Three teammates followed Bayer in as Hoosiers took places 1-4. Andrew Poore was second in 7:55.54, the second fastest time in the world this year and the third best in IU history surpassing Bob Kennedy's collegiate PR.

    Ben Hubers was third in the 3K in 7:59.68, becoming the sixth Hoosier all-time to run a sub-eight minute 3,000. His time is fifth-best in IU lore and third-best in the nation this season. Zach Mayhew was fourth in 8:05.96 for the fifth-spot on the national list.

    The women were fast as well. Chelsea Blanchard took the win with a time of 9:24.41, the third fastest in the NCAA this season. Teammate Sarah Pease took fourth in 9:31.16, which ranks sixth on the national list.

    A transfer from Kentucky State a season ago, Kind Butler quickly made his mark at Indiana, winning in dramatic fashion at numerous meets last season as the anchor on the 4x400m relay. He then ran the 400m leg of the distance medley relay, helping the Hoosiers to All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. He then went on to earn Big Ten medals in the 100m and 200m dashes at the outdoor Big Ten Championships with a pair of third-place finishes.

    This season, Butler has shown that he enjoyed the Big Ten medals, but wouldn't mind getting more, and this time in gold. Butler blazed to a time of 6.72 to tie the IU record in the 60-meters at Purdue. He out-dashed defending Big Ten 60m champion Shane Crawford in the process. Butler's time is tied for the 16th-best on the Division I descending order list this season and leads the Big Ten.

    Butler followed that up with the win in the 200m, finishing in 21.58 which converts to 21.18 (flat track), to move him into a tie for 16th on the national list. Butler ran a real time of 21.30 at the Gladstein Invitational, good for fifth in the IU record books.

    Butler has won every race he has run this season, including a 5-0 record in the 60m (2 prelims and 3 finals) and a 2-0 record in the 200m. He holds the nation's longest winning streak in the 60m.

    Indiana track and field ranks highly in the first release of the national computer rankings from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Hoosier men rank seventh after being slotted 10th in the preseason ranks, and the women are 16th after finding themselves outside the top 25 in the preseason. The rankings, based on a point system, find the men less than one point out of sixth and the women less than two points out of the top 15.

    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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