Hoosiers Split Up for Tyson Invitational, Hoosier Hills
Feb. 11, 2009
The Hoosiers will split up to compete at two meets for the first time this season when they host the Hoosier Hills and attend the Tyson Invitational this weekend. The Hoosier Hills is the final home event of the indoor season prior to the Big Ten Championships. The meet is tentatively scheduled for a 4 p.m. ET start and will take place entirely on Friday, Feb. 13.
The Tyson Invitational marks the second consecutive prestigious invitational that the Hoosiers will compete in. The meet will play host to 12 ranked teams on both the men's and women's sides, and six out of the top 10 teams on both the men's and women's sides will be present. Indiana is one of four Big Ten teams making the trip to Fayetteville this weekend. The meet is scheduled for a 10 a.m. ET start on both Friday and Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana recorded four new provisional qualifying marks at the Meyo Invitional. Qualifying was the popular task over the course of the two day meet, as 74 provisional marks were recorded along with 11 automatic qualifications.
Molly Beckwith solidified her spot in the national meet with a blazing time of 2:05.55 in the 800m. The time was good for fourth place and is more than a second faster than her previous career best, which stood as the IU record. Beckwith greatly improved her season best mark, moving into fifth on the national list.
De'Sean Turner moved into fifth in the IU record books, cutting just over two seconds off of his previous career best with his time of 1:50.08. Turner moves into elite company, as he bypassed IU legend Mark Deady on the all-time list and sits just .01 seconds behind another former IU great, Ryan Huber.
Jeff Coover continued his standout season, winning the pole vault with a mark of 5.32m (17-5.5). The mark is just five centimeters shy of the career best mark he posted last weekend at the Indiana Relays. Coover was 10 centimeters better than his closest collegiate competitor and won via tiebreaker over unattached Joe Samaniuk.
Wendi Robinson led the way in the distance medley relay, giving her two provisional qualifications in as many weekends. The relay squad of Robinson, Beckwith, Audrey Smoot and Ann-Marie Clarke finished in 11:23.91 for the second best time in school history. The Hoosiers took fourth in the event with a time that is more than six seconds faster than the provisional mark. They also finished less than a tenth of a second out of third place.
COOVER GARNERS WEEKLY BIG TEN ACCOLADE TWO WEEKS IN A ROW
The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday that Indiana's Jeff Coover is the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 1-7. Coover won the pole vault at the Meyo Invitational with the Big Ten's second-best jump this season, topped only by his own season best. This is the second consecutive award for Coover, as he received the honor for his career-best mark at the Indiana Relays last week.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that winning the award two weeks in a row is quite a feat, showing a consistency that is rare in the pole vault.
"It is a great honor for Jeff to be named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for a second time this season," said Helmer. "Consistency is the key to success and consistent performance at a high level creates champions. Our vault program is outstanding and both Jeff and Coach Wiseman should take great pride in this accomplishment."
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 at the Indiana Relays, 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
Senior Timothy McLeod was the collegiate champ in the invitational section of the 5,000m finishing behind four professionals at the Indiana Relays. His time of 14:09.67 is a provisional qualifying time and moves him into seventh in the IU record books. The Tuscon, Ariz., native surpassed one of Indiana's all-time greats in Bob Kennedy. McLeod was just the second athlete in Division I to post a provisional mark in the event in 2009 and his time is the sixth-best in the country. His time is the best by a Big Ten runner this season.
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.
TURNER `THE BURNER' JOINS NATIONS ELITE IN THE 800M
Sophomore De'Sean Turner moved into fifth in the IU record books, cutting just over two seconds off of his previous career best in the 800m with his time of 1:50.08 at the Meyo Invitational. Turner moved into elite company, as he bypassed IU legend Mark Deady on the all-time list and sits just .01 seconds behind another former IU great, Ryan Huber. His time is No. 15 on the Division I list and is the second best in the Big Ten this season.
STEPHEN STEPS UPS HIS GAME, STEPS INTO IU RECORD
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 14th 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.
VERA IS ALL-TIME BEST AT IU
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 11th-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.
BECKWITH WRITES HER NAME THROUGHOUT IU RECORD BOOKS
Senior Molly Beckwith improved her provisional mark and school record in the 800m run at theMeyo Invitational. Her time of 2:05.55 is the sixth best in Division I and the third best in the Big Ten.
Beckwith posted the Big Ten's sixth best time this season in the 400 meter dash at the Gladstein Invitational. Her time of 55.38 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 at the Gladstein Invitational. 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 became the first Hoosier to break the 1:30.00 barrier during the indoor season.
Beckwith is also provisionally qualified as a member of the distance medley relay team. Their time at the Meyo Invite is the second best in IU history, slower than only the relay team that she helped to the record in 2008.
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 was 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 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 14th-best in Division I this season. Her mark is more than 10 inches better than her closest Big Ten competitor this season.
FORECAST CALLS FOR WENDI CONDITIONS AT NCAAS
Senior Wendi Robinson led the way for the Hoosiers on day one at the Indiana Relays, winning the invitational section of the 3,000m run with a provisional qualifying time.
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.
Robinson provisionally qualified as a member of the distance medley relay team as well. The group recorded the second fastest time in school history, slower than only the school record setting group that Robinson led last season.
Freshman Olumide Olamigoke got past the seven-meter barrier in the men's long jump, leaping 7.11m (23-4) for the collegiate title at the Indiana Relays. He finished behind only unattached John Berry. In his young career Olamigoke has already moved into striking distance of the impressive marks in the IU record books. His career best is less than two feet from entering Indiana's all-time top-ten. He is also just 39 centimeters shy of the NCAA provisional mark.
In the triple jump, Olamigoke has the Big Ten's second-best mark this season, behind only senior Clarence Smith of Penn State.
RELAY TEAMS BREAKING INTO STRIDE
For the second straight year, the Hoosiers have provisionally qualified in the women's distance medley relay. Molly Beckwith, Ann-Marie Clarke, Audrey Smoot and Wendi Robinson posted a mark of 11:23.91 at the Meyo Invite. The time is the second best in IU history and ranks as the third best in the Big Ten this season.
In the 4x800m relay, a quartet of sophomores dominated for the Hoosiers at the Indiana Relays. Daniel Stockberger, Ben Hubers, Andy Weatherford and De'Sean Turner won the relay by nearly eight seconds. Their time of 7:35.48 is the fifth fastest in IU history. The team defeated a talented field that included solid teams from Rend Lake College and Michigan.
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 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 fourth best in the Big Ten 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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