Hoosiers Heading North and East This Weekend
Feb. 2, 2011
For the first time this season, the Hoosiers will split up for competition. The middle distance crew heads to the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame, while the sprinters, jumpers and throwers travel to Geneva, Ohio for a glimpse at the brand new GaREAT Sports Complex. Both meets feature oversized tracks.
The Meyo Invitational will feature more than 80 teams and more than 1,000 athletes. Eight Big Ten schools will be competing at the meet this weekend.
The GaREAT Collegiate Invitational will feature five of the top-25 men's teams in the nation and six of the top-25 women's teams, according to the latest USTFCCCA Computer Rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
Bayer brought lots of cheers to a standing-room only crowd at the Indiana Relays, clocking a time of 3:57.75 for the world's fastest mile this season. He became the first runner in the nation to surpass the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 3:59.00 this season. Hubers took fifth in 4:00.47, good for fifth in the nation this season.
Hubers took the 5,000m in 13:44.93. Andrew Poore was right behind him in 13:45.33 for second. Zach Mayhew was the fourth with a time of 13:58.40 was good for fourth. Hubers and Poore are both under the NCAA auto standard of 13:47.00.
In the women's 5K, Sarah Pease finished in 16:38.10 for the win, and Erica Ridderman was second across the line in 16:40.84. Blanchard won the women's mile in 4:41.18, just .04 seconds off the national lead.
Emma Kimoto matched her career-best in the high jump to win the collegiate title in the high jump. She cleared 1.73m (5-8), moving into third in the Big Ten this season. Monique Riddick was the collegiate winner in the shot put with a heave of 15.98m (52-5.25).
In the men's weight throw, Patrick Onye moved up the national list with a second-place heave of 20.02m (65-8.25). Jordan Gray took the 600m invitational in 1:31.98. That is the fourth-best time in the Big Ten this season.
Derek Drouin won the long jump with a leap of 7.10m (23-3.5), a lifetime best. The Hoosiers also won the women's 4x400m relay with a time 3:43.94, a season best for the team.
FAITH TURNS 18
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 17.50 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.
ONE SMALL HOP FOR DROUIN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR... ANYONE ELSE
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 third. 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.
FASTER THAN THE AVERAGE BAYER
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. .
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.
Bayer brought lots of cheers to a standing-room only crowd at the Indiana Relays, clocking a time of 3:57.75 for the world's fastest mile this season. Bayer was the collegiate leader entering the meet, and with his time, became the first runner in the nation to surpass the NCAA Automatic Qualifying standard of 3:59.00 this season. The time is the third-best in IU lore, surpassing Bob Kennedy and John Jefferson.
Bayer was named the Big Ten Track Athletes of the Week two weeks in a row. Bayer won the award for the second consecutive week after posting world-leading times in the 3,000 meters and the mile in consecutive weekends. Bayer took home his fifth and sixth Big Ten weekly honors (two cross country, three indoor, one outdoor).
HUBERS AND POORE AUTOMATIC IN THE 5K
Hubers took the 5,000m in 13:44.93, the second fastest time in IU history and the second fastest in the world this season. Andrew Poore was right behind him in 13:45.33 for second. Poore is third in IU history and third in the world this year. Zach Mayhew was the fourth of four competitors to finish in under 14 minutes. Mayhew's time of 13:58.40 is the fourth-best in IU history and the world's fifth fastest. Hubers broke Poore's track record from a year ago along with Mayhew became the fifth and sixth Hoosiers all-time under the 14-minute mark. Hubers and Poore are both under the NCAA auto standard of 13:47.00.
A THRILLING NIGHT FOR A 3K
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.
VERA VERY HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE GAME
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.
NOT KIND TO COMPETITORS
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 25th-best on the Division I descending order list this season and is second in 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 23rd 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 and is 8-0 in his last eight races including relays, the longest streak for any athlete in Div. I regardless of distance.
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