Women's Track

    Another Split Weekend, Hoosier Hills Wraps Up Home Slate

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Olu Olamigoke
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Olu Olamigoke
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 9, 2011

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    The Hoosiers split up for the second straight weekend, competing at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas and hosting the Hoosier Hills Invite at Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosier Hills is the fifth of six meets hosted by IU during the indoor campaign. The Hoosier Hills will look to complete a streak of every home meet for the Hoosiers producing a facility record and a world-leading mark.

    The Hoosier Hills will feature elite Distance Medley Relays on Friday night and invitational races and finals in the sprints on Saturday. Fans of big time track and field will want to make sure to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening and be there for the entirety of the 11-12:30 schedule on Saturday.

    The Tyson Invitational is annually one of the nation's elite competitions in the sprints and field events. The Randal Tyson Track Center is one of the nation's best facilities and is always the site of several of Indiana's top marks each season.

    The Hoosiers split up last weekend to compete at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational and the Meyo Invitational. Kind Butler cruised to a school record in the 60m and a win in the 200m at the GaREAT Invite. Butler's time of 6.67 in the 60 moved him from a tie for the school record at 6.72 seconds to the outright best in school history. He now ranks 17th nationally in the event. Teammate Devin Pipkin finished directly behind Butler in 6.72, matching the previous record and placing himself in a tie for the second-best in school history.



    Butler's 200m time of 20.93 is behind only Olympic Gold Medalist David Neville in IU lore. Butler and Neville are the only Hoosiers to finish in under 21 seconds in IU history. Butler ranks ninth on the national descending order list this season. Derek Drouin won the heptathlon with a score of 5,407 pts.

    At Meyo, Danny Stockberger clocked a time of 1:50.87 to win the men's 800 meters. The times is among the top 10 in the Big Ten this season. Kelsey Duerksen, Ann-Marie Clarke, Arianne Raby and Chelsea Blanchard clocked a time of 11:23.26 for fourth place. The time is the fourth fastest in school history and ranks ninth on the national descending order list.

    In Ohio, the Hoosiers got four more wins. Darius King won the high jump with a leap of 2.08m (6-9.75). Rex Parker won the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 14.90m (48-10.75). Faith Sherrill took wins in the shot put (17.76m (58-3.25)) and the weight throw (19.36m (63-6.25)).

    Kelsie Ahbe and Vera Neuenswander were second and third, respectively, in the pole vault. Both cleared 4.11m (13-5.75) to tie the winning height.

    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 17.50 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.

    Sherrill has three throws on the season that have surpassed 58 feet. No other thrower in Division I has eclipsed that distance once this season. Sherrill's best mark is the seventh-best in the world this season and the second-best by an American.

    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.

    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 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.

    At the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational, Drouin continued to show his versatility, posting the second-best score in IU history in the heptathlon, tallying 5,407 pts, which is just 32 points shy of the all-time best by a Hoosier.

    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.

    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 was the fastest in the world at the time and is currently the NCAA leader. His time is 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 first 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 at the time and the second-fastest in the NCAA 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).

    Ben Hubers and Andrew Poore made sure that day two of the Indiana Relays was just as exciting as day one. A day after teammate Andy Bayer paced the world in the mile, Hubers and Poore put the nation on notice that Indiana is loaded in the distance events.

    Hubers took the 5,000m in 13:44.93, the second fastest time in IU history and the second fastest in the NCAA this season. Andrew Poore was right behind him in 13:45.33 for second. Poore is third in IU history and third in the nation 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 sixth fastest in Div. I.

    Hubers, who 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 then busted through at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational, clocking an IU record of 6.67 seconds, which ranks 17th in Div. I this season and leads the Big Ten.

    Butler followed that up with the win in the 200m, finishing in 20.93 seconds, just .10 off the NCAA Automatic standard. He is second all-time in the IU records behind only Olympic Gold Medalist David Neville and ranks ninth nationally on the season. Butler is second in the Big Ten this season, just .10 off Big Ten leader Justin Austin of Iowa.

    The Indiana men's track and field team continued its climb up the national computer rankings, moving past Oregon and into the top five this week. The USTFCCCA released the weekly national computer rankings this week with the Hoosiers ranked fifth. The ranking is the highest for a Hoosier team in the Ron Helmer era.

    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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