Hoosiers Head North for First Road Test of the Year
Feb. 4, 2009
The Meyo Invitational marks the first road trip for the Hoosiers in 2009. Coming off of four consecutive home meets, the Hoosiers will travel to South Bend, Ind. to take part in the invite at the Loftus Center on the campus of Notre Dame. The facility has been a very friendly place for the Hoosiers, as Indiana broke four IU records at the facility in 2008.
The event will take place over two days from Feb. 6-7. The meet is schedule to start at approximately 5 p.m. ET on Friday and at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
Several Indiana athletes came up big at the Indiana Relays. Over two days, Indiana won 13 events, had 21 top-three finishes, and had six provisional qualifying marks. The Hoosiers were led by four seniors, Jeff Coover in the pole vault, Molly Beckwith in the 800m, Wendi Robinson in the 3,000m and Timothy McLeod in the 5,000m, all of whom won their events and posted provisional qualifications.
Coover took a big step toward the NCAA Indoor Championships on the day. The La Jolla, Calif. native improved his season best in the pole vault by five inches, clearing 5.37m (17-7.25), which is 6.5 inches better than the NCAA provisional standard.
Beckwith improved her time in the 800m on the season, finishing in 2:07.33 for the collegiate championship. The Worthington, Ohio native's time is the fourth best in Division I this season.
Robinson finished in 9:28.48 to win the 3,000m run. Her time was more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher and nearly six seconds faster than the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Her time is the fifth best in Division I this season and the fastest in the Big Ten.
McLeod was the collegiate champ in the invitational section of the 5,000m. His time of 14:09.67 is a provisional qualifying time and moves him into seventh in the IU record books.
COOVER IS BIG TEN'S BEST VAULTER, WEEK'S BEST FIELD ATHLETE
The Big Ten Conference announced that Indiana's Jeff Coover is the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan 25-31. Coover posted an NCAA provisional qualification in the pole vault at the Indiana Relays, recording the third-best clearance in Division I this season and the fourth-best all-time at IU.
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 Coover.
"Jeff continues to improve each week," Helmer said, "and the exciting thing for our coaching staff is he continues to put things in place that suggest he will continue to do so."
Coover took a big step toward the NCAA Indoor Championships, as the La Jolla, Calif., native improved his career best in the pole vault by five inches, clearing 5.37m (17-7.25), which is 6.5 inches better than the NCAA provisional standard. The clearance puts the senior third on the Division I list and is the best in the Big Ten. He finished 3.75 inches better than the second-place finishers, the Schipper brothers from Notre Dame. His mark moves him into a tie for fourth in the IU record books, matching a 1991 clearance by former IU great Jimm Stack.
MCLEOD OVERTAKES IU LEGEND IN THE 5,000M RUN
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.
NEUENSWANDER IS IU'S ALL-TIME BEST
BECKWITH WRITES HER NAME THROUGHOUT IU RECORD BOOKS
Senior Molly Beckwith improved her provisional mark in the 800m run at the Indiana Relays. Her time of 2:07.33 is the eighth best in Division I and the third best in the Big Ten this season. She holds the IU record in the event, and she posted her career-best time of 2:06.67 on the Meyo Track at the Loftus Center, where the team is competing this weekend.
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
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that the award could be a sign of things to come 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.
EARLY FORECAST CALLS FOR WENDI CONDITIONS AT NCAAS
Robinson finished in 9:28.48 to win the 3,000m run. Her time was more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher and nearly six seconds faster than the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. Her time is the second fastest in the Big Ten.
RELAY TEAMS BREAKING INTO STRIDE
The Indiana team won the distance medley relay at the Indiana Relays. Freshmen Breanne Ehrman, Jordan Gray and Chelsea Blanchard and senior Courtney Freiberger finished in 11:54.77 for an eleven second victory. The group finished 100 meters ahead of the Xavier team that took second place.
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.
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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