Indiana Relays Next Up for Hoosiers
Jan. 28, 2009
The Indiana Relays mark the end of a four-meet homestand to open the 2009 indoor season for the Hoosiers. The meet will be hosted at Gladstein Fieldhouse on Jan. 30-31, 2009.
The meet will draw several major programs, including Michigan, Purdue and Notre Dame. Included in the large field will also be several professional athletes and national qualifiers. On both days of competition there will be invitational races with the fastest qualifying runners. The invitational races will be grouped together each day, to provide a more exciting meet for spectators.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers won eleven events in their third meet of the indoor season. On top of the 11 wins at the Gladstein Invitational, the Hoosiers broke two IU records and a Gladstein Fieldhouse record, as well as recording 39 top-three finishes and 49 career bests. Senior Molly Beckwith led the way for the Hoosiers, recording the fastest time in the 600m run in the history of Gladstein Fieldhouse and IU track and field.
Beckwith scorched the track in the 600m run invitational, finishing in 1:29.16. She finished more than a second and a half faster than the second place runner, and .3 seconds faster than Celeste Halliday's Gladstein Fieldhouse record that had stood since 1992. She also moves into first all-time at Indiana, surpassing Hilary Bruening on the all-time list.
Junior Vera Neuenswander also had a great meet, breaking the IU record in the pole vault. Neuenswander improved her provisional qualification in the pole vault by five centimeters when she cleared 4.15m (13-7.25). She reclaims the IU record after her teammate, sophomore Stephanie Chin, took it from her in 2008. Neuenswander finished nearly a foot ahead of the rest of the field.
HIGH JUMPERS RAISE THE BAR
Junior Ashley Rhoades posted the first provisional qualification of her career to win the women's high jump at the Indiana Invite. Rhoades' clearance of 1.79m (5-10.5) is a career best and the second best in IU history. The jump is also the fifth best in Division I and the best in the Big Ten on the 2009 season. Rhoades is now just two centimeters shy of the IU record. This win comes on the heels of a win at the Indiana Open.
Freshman Derek Drouin cleared 2.16m (7-1) to move into eighth on the national list. He came in second to Chris Sackmann in the heptathlon at the Gladstein Invite. His jump pushed him into contention for the multi crown at the invite. His mark is the second best in the conference in 2009 and ties him for fifth in the IU record book.
STEPHEN STEPS UPS HIS GAME, STEPS INTO IU RECORDS
Sophomore Ben Stephen drew huge cheers with his career-best toss of 18.18m (59-7.75) at the Indiana Open. 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 and stands as the 11th best in Division I this year. Stephen has the second best heave in the Big Ten this season. Stephen also had a career-best heave of 17.14m (56-2.75) in the weight throw. His mark in the weight throw is the seventh best ever at IU.
IU VAULTERS HOLD BIG TEN'S BEST MARKS, QUALIFICATIONS
In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander took first place at the Gladstein Invite. Neuenswander cleared an IU record-breaking 4.15m (13-7.25). The mark is the eighth best in Division I and is the second best in the conference this season. Neuenswander previously held the record before her teammate, current sophomore Stephanie Chin, claimed it last season.
Senior Jeff Coover improved his indoor career-best vault to win the pole vault at the Gladstein Invitational. Coover, an outdoor All-American in 2008, cleared 5.25m (17-2.75), bettering his competition by 35 centimeters. He moved to sixth on the national list, and his mark is the second best in the Big Ten this season.
BECKWITH ARGUABLY BIG TEN'S BEST IN MIDDLE DISTANCE
Senior Molly Beckwith posted a provisional mark in the 800m run at the Indiana Invite. Her time of 2:08.65 is the second best in Division I and the Big Ten this season. She finished 0.35 seconds ahead of the provisional standard for a second-place finish.
Beckwith posted the Big Ten's best time this season in the 400 meter dash at the Gladstein Invitational. Her time of 55.38 is .24 seconds faster than the conference's second best. The time is the ninth fastest in IU history.
As if she hadn't done enough, Beckwith broke the IU record in the 600m run and took down the Gladstein Fieldhouse record for good measure. Her time of 1:29.16 is more than three seconds faster than her closest conference foe. She passed former IU standout Hilary Breuning on IU's all-time list and is the first Hoosier to break the 1:30.00 barrier during the indoor season.
HOWARD IS BIG TEN'S BEST OF THE WEEK
The Big Ten Conference 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 and the sixth best in Division I this season.
MORE EVENT WINNERS FOR IU
Others winning events at the Indiana Open 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)). Glover's time is the second best in the Big Ten this season. Hardacre's mile stands at the Big Ten's fifth best this season. Olumigoke holds the conference's fourth-best jump in the triple jump this season.
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.
Also winning events on the day for IU were sophomore Ashley Baker in the open section of the 400m dash (57.98), sophomore Andy Weatherford in the 800m run invitational (1:53.21), senior Tim McLeod in the 3,000m run (8:10.49), Weatherford and fellow sophomores De'Sean Turner and Jacob Laird and senior Evan Bardach in the 4x800m relay (7:43.10), junior Jared Nuxoll in the high jump (2.05m (6-8.75)), Ben Stephen in the shot put (17.62m), and senior Tiffany Howard in the shot put (15.10m (49-6.5).
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