Hoosiers Split Up This Weekend for Tyson, Hoosier Hills
Feb. 10, 2010
The Hoosiers split up this weekend as a part of the team will compete at the prestigious Tyson Invitational and part of the team will host the Hoosier Hills. The Tyson Invitational will take place in Fayetteville, Ark., at the site of the NCAA Indoor Championships (Randal Tyson Track Center). The Hoosier Hills will be Indiana's final home meet of the indoor season, closing out a string of six weekends with events in Gladstein Fieldhouse. The Hoosier Hills is a one-day meet, taking place on Fri., Feb. 12, with action kicking off at 5 p.m. ET.
The Tyson Invitational saw four Hoosiers claim titles in 2009, with Jeff Coover, Wendi Robinson and Cole Hardacre returning to defend their Tyson titles in the pole vault, 5,000m and 3,000m, respectively. Many of the nation's top teams will compete at Tyson, including both of IU's top-25 teams. The Hoosier Hills will feature more than 800 athletes and will last until midnight.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Molly Beckwith, who ran a leg on the school record D.M.R. on day one of the meet, ran an NCAA auto time in the 800m on day two. Beckwith's time of 2:04.50 is a new school record and is a half second better than the NCAA auto standard.
Seniors Beckwith and Wendi Robinson, sophomore Jordan Gray and freshman Arianne Raby finished the D.M.R. in 11:17.06, beating the IU record by more than four seconds. The time is nine seconds faster than the NCAA provisional standard.
Robinson, who also ran a leg on the D.M.R. on day one, ran a provisional qualifying time in the 3,000m. She finished in 9:26.55 for her third NCAA mark of the season. The time is the fifth best in school history.
Pease won the women's 5,000m with a time of 16:35.75. The time is nearly nine seconds faster than the provisional standard and is the second-best in Div. I this season. Pease records the first indoor provisional qualifying time of her career after breaking out during the outdoor campaign in 2009. Pease's time is the fifth-best in IU lore.
In the men's 800m, Danny Stockberger came within .21 seconds of his first career NCAA qualification. Junior Ben Hubers ran a time of 8:07.27 in the men's 3,000m. The time is just off the provisional standard of 8:05.00.
HOOSIERS ENTER THE TOP 15
The women's team moves up seven spots in the rankings this week, largely due to four NCAA qualifying marks at the Meyo Invitational. The men's team remains in the top 15, falling two spots in the rankings this week. Director and head coach Ron Helmer says the teams national rankings are a part of the process but not the goal.
"The goal of the program is to be a top-level team, and while the rankings are great and we're happy to see our student-athletes recognized, we still understand that the real rankings are those at the national meet. Our work and preparation is all aimed at being at our best in Arkansas in March," Helmer said.
PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF IN POLE VAULT
Coover was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week on Mon., Feb. 1. The award is for meets between January 24-31. Coover wins his third career weekly accolade for indoor track and field from the conference and his fourth including outdoor, which ties him for the most in school history.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Coover's consistency at a high level of competition allows him to win awards like this one.
"This weekend, Jeff recorded the third-best mark in the country and the third best in school history," Helmer said. "With the great tradition that we have in the pole vault, a performance like that is very deserving of this kind of recognition. Jeff's ability to be consistent in an event like the pole vault is a testament to his hard work and dedication."
Coover soared to a top finish in the pole vault, clearing 5.50m (18-0.5) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Indiana Relays last week. His clearance of over 18 feet puts him into elite company as one of only three Hoosiers to do so in program history. The other two, Mark Buse and Dave Volz, both won NCAA titles in the event. The mark is good enough to tie for the third-best clearance in Division I this season and is the best jump in the Big Ten by seven inches.
Coover wins his fourth Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in track and field, tying him with IU legend Aarik Wilson for the most in school history. Wilson won two national championships in the triple jump.
THE RHOADES TO FAYETTEVILLE
Proving the first time wasn't a fluke, Rhoades cleared the six-foot barrier again at the Meyo Invitational. Her clearance of 1.83m (6-0) won her the Meyo crown in the women's high jump.
The height is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and was 8.5 inches better than the next best competitor in the event. Drouin completed the day by posting a career best in the long jump, claiming third in the event with a leap of 7.08 meters (23-2.75), bettering his previous best by 60 centimeters (1-11.5).
For his efforts at the Indiana Open, the Big Ten conference named him Big Ten Field Athlete of the week. The award marks the first weekly laurel for Drouin's career and is the first accolade for an Indiana men's field athlete since senior Jeff Coover won the award two weeks in a row last season.
Drouin added another notch to his belt this season, posting the team's best 60m hurdle time of the season against Purdue. His time of 8.20 seconds is the sixth-fastest in school history.
BEATING THE BOOKS WITH BECKWITH
The Worthington, Ohio, native also ran the lead leg in the distance medley relay, leading the Hoosier quartet to an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11:17.06. The time bested the IU record by more than four seconds and is among the top-10 in the nation this season.
Beckwith was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Mon., Feb. 8. She collected the second weekly conference accolade of her career after running to two IU records, including an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Beckwith ran her race plan well and was rewarded with record times.
"Her performance was nothing less than what we anticipated and expected," Helmer said. "Hopefully that performance sets her up for an outstanding end to her indoor season."
Beckwith blazed to a time of 2:06.78 in the 800m, nearly nine seconds ahead of the field at the Indiana Open. Her time was the first provisional in Division I this season.
Beckwith posted Div. I's best mile, finishing in 4:43.44 for a provisional qualification. Her time is fourth-fastest in school history and puts her at number six on the national list.
She was followed in by sophomore Chelsea Blanchard in second and senior Wendi Robinson in third. Both of Beckwith's teammates posted provisional marks as well, finishing in 4:45.87 and 4:45.88, respectively. The three Hoosiers hold the top-three mile times in the Big Ten this season.
Beckwith posted wins in the mile and 800 against Purdue. Beckwith was just 1.08 seconds off the provisional standard in the mile in what was her first collegiate mile, finishing in 4:48.08.
BAYER ATTACK... ON RECORD BOOKS
Bayer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the conference announced on Jan. 25. The award was for meets between January 17-23. Bayer wins his first weekly nod and the first indoor track honor since 2006 by a Hoosier.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with Bayer's performance at the Gladstein Invitational and feels that the recognition is well-deserved.
"In the young season, Andy ran the fastest time in the country and the second-fastest in school history. He is very deserving of this award. Fittingly, he is the first to win it since Stephen Haas, who holds the IU record ahead of Andy," said Helmer.
In his first collegiate 3,000-meters, Bayer finished as the collegiate winner while competing against six professional runners at the Gladstein Invitational. The redshirt freshman took third place in a race that saw four runners finish faster than the Gladstein Fieldhouse record. Bayer's time of 7:55.25 was faster than the 1991 3K clocked by IU legend Bob Kennedy. By eclipsing the 19-year-old mark, Bayer moves into second in the IU record books.
His time is just .75 seconds off the NCAA Automatic qualifier and is almost 10 seconds faster than the provisional standard, marking the first NCAA provisional qualification of his career. Bayer, a native of Leo, Ind., has the nation's second-best time and owns the Big Ten's best time in the mile and the 3,000m.
CRAWFORD AMONG BIG TEN'S ELITE
HOP, SKIP, AND JUMP TO OLU!
GOTTA HAVE FAITH AT NCAAS
Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.80m (55-1.5) against Purdue, improving her provisional mark and moving to within 10 centimeters of the NCAA automatic standard. She finished nearly six feet ahead of her closest competitor. Sherrill is more than a foot ahead of her closest conference foe and holds the sixth-best mark in Div. I.
Sherrill moved to within 3.5 inches of the IU record in the weight throw at the Gladstein Invitational, recording a heave of 19.30m (63-4) for her second NCAA provisional mark of the season. Her throw is three feet and two inches better than her previous career mark, and puts her just nine centimeters away from the IU record holder, Brown. Sherrill was the first Big Ten weight thrower to record a NCAA qualifying heave on the season and she still leads the conference. Her throw is 17th on the national list. She and teammate Kristen Crawford hold two of the top three marks in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten Conference honored Sherrill's performance at the Indiana Open with Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors. It was the first weekly award for Sherrill. Tiffany Howard was the last Hoosier to win a field accolade as she won the award on January 12 last season.
REDEFINING A POORE PERFORMANCE
Poore took fifth in a historic 3,000m race at the Gladstein Invitational with a time of 7:57.44. He is one of only five Hoosiers to finish the 3,000 meters in under eight minutes. His time is the fourth fastest in school history and was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Indoor meet last season. The mark was the first provisional indoor qualification of his career and currently puts him sixth on the national list.
IT IS GETTING WENDI IN FAYETTEVILLE
Robinson ran a provisional qualifying time in the 3,000m at the Meyo Invitational. She finished in 9:26.55 for her third NCAA mark of the season. The time is the fifth best in school history.
Robinson ran the anchor leg of IU's distance medley relay at the Meyo Invitational. The group finished in 11:17.06, beating the IU record by more than four seconds. The time is nine ticks faster than the provisional standard.
CLEAR THE WAY PLEASE FOR PEASE
WE SHALL SEE CHELSEA AT NCAA'S
Blanchard posted her second provisional qualification in two weeks at the Indiana Relays. Blanchard finished second in the mile with a time of 4:45.87. Her time is the 13th-best in Division I and the second-best in the Big Ten this season. Her time is the fifth-fastest in school history. The two runners joining Blanchard in the top three were both teammates, Molly Beckwith and Wendi Robinson. The three Hoosiers hold the top-three mile times in the Big Ten this season.
A DISTANCE MEDLEY MÊLÉE!
FIVE WEEKS, FIVE BIG TEN NODS FOR IU
Indiana sophomore Derek Drouin and junior Faith Sherrill both were named as field athletes of the week when the Big Ten Conference office announced on Jan. 11, the first weekly indoor track and field awards of the season.
Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer garnered the honor on Jan. 25, the first of his career in track and field. He garnered the accolade in cross country on Oct. 6, 2009.
Senior Jeff Coover claimed the fourth weekly honor of his career on Feb. 1. Coover's fourth award ties him for the most in IU history for track and field.
Senior Molly Beckwith claimed the honor on Feb. 8. The award is the second of Beckwith's career.
BACK IN CRIMSON
Faith Sherrill redshirted during indoor and outdoor last season after a breakout campaign in 2008. Sherill will look to pick up where she left off, as she advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2008.
Indiana's distance corps on the men's side took a hit in 2009, as six of the IU runners redshirted at least one season. Highlighting that group were redshirt freshmen Andy Bayer, Zach Mayhew and Nate Morrow and redshirt sophomores Andy Weatherford, Ben Hubers and Cole Hardacre. Bayer redshirted the indoor campaign and the three sophomores redshirted outdoors. The group helped lead Indiana to a successful cross country season that saw them enter the national rankings.
After an indoor campaign where he earned All-America honors and a Big Ten pole vault crown, Jeff Coover sat out the outdoor season to train. Coover finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009.
IU's best threat in the 400 to 600m races sat out the 2009 campaign to get stronger as well. Senior Martin Stephen II will return in 2010 after doing heavier mileage training this summer and fall. Stephen will look to bolster an improved sprints group for the Hoosiers this season.
IU LOOKS TO THE TRUE NORTH
The 2010 roster features six Canadian-born student-athletes. The Canucks are led by returning All-Americans Drouin and Ben Hubers as well as redshirt freshman Daniel Novia. New to the IU squad are freshmen Shona Dunkley, Arianne Raby and Emma Kimoto.
Drouin, the pride of Corunna, Ontario, took second at the NCAA Indoor meet, won the Big Ten outdoor meet and the NCAA regional. He also posted wins at the Drake Relays and the Junior Pan-Am games. His clearance of 2.27m (7-5.25) at the Pan-Am games is the IU outdoor record.
Hubers, who was born in Canada before his family moved to Georgia, earned All-America honors as a member of the IU distance medley relay team. Hubers ran the 3,200m leg on the seventh-place team at NCAAs. The Hoosiers advanced in the DMR because of an automatic qualifying time of 9:31.81 at the Alex Wilson Invite. The time is the second-fastest in school history.
Novia redshirted in 2009. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished second at the Canadian Jr. Championships in the shot put.
Dunkley, from Pickering, Ontario, was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 Canadian Jr. Championships. Kimoto was the high jump champion in British Columbia and finished fifth at the 2009 junior nationals.
Raby, from Repentigny, Quebec, was a provincial medalist in cross country and has placed as high as second in the 800m at the Francophone Games. Raby ran cross country for IU this fall and was in the top seven at the NCAA Championships for the Hoosiers.
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