Women's Track

    Look Out Big Ten, Here Come the Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Redshirt Junior Danny Stockberger
    Go Hoosiers!
    Redshirt Junior Danny Stockberger
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 23, 2011

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    The Hoosiers enter the championship portion of the indoor schedule this weekend, looking to bring Big Ten hardware back to Bloomington. The women's championships will be contested in West Lafayette, Ind., and the men will compete in Champaign, Ill. The meet, contested on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, is scored using a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 system with eight scoring in each event. Both championships will be broadcast via tape delay by the Big Ten Network on March 12, with the men's meet airing at 2 p.m. ET and the women at 4 p.m. ET. For live updates from the meets and recaps at the end of each day, IUHoosiers.com and twitter.com/KJatIU.

    The men will look for redemption after a dissappointing sixth-place finish in Minneapolis a year ago. Indiana has won 15 Big Ten Indoor team titles, the last of which in 1992, which capped the third three-peat in school history. The Hoosiers return 2010 Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year Derek Drouin, who looks to win his fourth-straight Big Ten crown in the high jump.

    IU's women will look to build on a third-place finish in Happy Valley in 2010, the team's best finish in seven years. They'll have to replace a pair of Big Ten titles, as Molly Beckwith and Ashley Rhoades, winners of the 600m and high jump respectively, have graduated. Returning is Big Ten weight throw champ Faith Sherrill, who leads the nation currently in the shot put. The women have won Big Ten Indoor titles three times, the last in 2000.

    Two weeks ago, the Hoosiers competed at home at the Hoosier Hills and in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Tyson Invitational. The Hoosiers wrapped up the home slate, seeing nine facility records fall at meets this season.

    Andy Bayer brought home the baton, running the 1600-meter anchor leg to seal the deal for the Hoosiers, whose time of 9:30.78 surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

    In Arkansas, Faith Sherrill took the win in the women's weight throw, launching a heave of 19.19m (63-3.5). Patrick Onye took the Tyson Invite title in the men's weight throw, launching a heave of 19.58m (64-3).

    Also in Arkansas, Kind Butler and Devin Pipkin ran in a star-studded final in the 60m dash, taking fifth and sixth, respectively with times of 6.72 and 6.75.

    The Hoosiers also got a key performance from Stefano Koufidis in the men's pole vault in Bloomington. Koufidis posted a jump of 5.17m (16-11.5) for second place via tiebreakers.

    Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers took the first two spots in the 3,000m invitational with automatic NCAA qualifying times. Poore won with a time of 7:53.81 and Hubers finished in 7:54.37.

    In Arkansas, Faith Sherrill completed a sweep of the throws at the meet, winning the shot put title a day after taking the weight throw. She won with a heave of 17.37m (57-0).

    Derek Drouin took second in the men's high jump invitational, clearing 2.27m (7-5.25). Hoosiers won both the men's and women's titles in the open high jumps as Darius King (2.10m (6-10.75)) and Emma Kimoto (1.73m (5-8)) both took wins.

    In Bloomington, Chelsea Blanchard took the win in the women's 3,000m invitational, clocking a time of 9:19.87. In the women's mile invitational, Hoosiers finished first through sixth, with every runner posting a career best time. Kelsey Duerksen took the win with a time of 4:47.14.

    Portia Bailey took the collegiate title in the 60m hurdles, finishing behind only Olympic medalist Hyleas Fountain. Others winning at the Hoosier Hills included Samantha Gwin in the 600m (1:33.14), Travis Jauregui in the high jump (1.99m (6-6.25)) and Cedric Hudson in the long jump (6.90m (22-7.75)).

    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. 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. This season, she is the only Div. I thrower to reach 18 meters. 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.

    At 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 is 5-0 this season in the shot put, the longest winning streak in Div. I.

    Sherrill has three throws on the season that have surpassed 58 feet. Only one other thrower in Division I (Karen Shump of Oklahoma) has eclipsed that distance this season. Sherrill's best mark is the ninth-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, which tied him for the national lead in the high jump at the time and now ranks third.

    The Tyson Invitational saw an impressive streak come to an end, but it wasn't exactly a bad day for the Corunna, Ontario, native. The previous 12 times the junior had competed in the high jump, he had emerged victorious. Drouin took second, matching his season-best in the process at Tyson. He finished behind collegiate leader Erik Kynard. Coincidentally, Drouin's last defeat prior to this latest misstep, was 364 days earlier at the same meet. He took fourth there in 2010, before going on to win Big Ten and NCAA titles.

    More than just a high jumper, Drouin showed has shown this season to be a competitor regarless of event. He ran a time of 8.02 seconds for the third best time in IU history in the 60m hurdles. He then claimed second in the IU heptathlon records, tallying 5,407 pts., which is just 32 points shy of the all-time best by a Hoosier.

    The 2010 indoor 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. In cross country, he took second at Big Tens, in one of the closest finishes in meet history.

    His 2011 indoor campaign started at Purdue, where Bayer took the win in the mile, dominating the field for a win by over eight seconds, taking the national lead. 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 set 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 season.

    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 sixth-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.

    He then anchored IU's distance medley relay at the Hoosier Hills, posting time of 9:30.78, which surpassed the previous IU record of 9:31.26, which featured IU legends David Neville and John Jefferson at the 2004 Tyson Invitational. The time also bettered a 33-year old Gladstein Fieldhouse record, a 1978 time of 9:40.6 by Wisconsin. Bayer ran his 1,600m leg in 3:57.5.

    Bayer was named the Big Ten Track Athlete 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).

    A transfer from Kentucky State a season ago, Kind Butler quickly made his mark at IU, winning in dramatic fashion at meets last season as the anchor on the 4x400m relay. He then ran the 400m leg of the distance medley relay, helping IU to All-America honors at NCAAs. He 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 would prefer them 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 18th 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 auto standard. He is second all-time in the IU records behind only Olympic Gold Medalist David Neville and ranks 12th nationally on the season. Butler is second in the Big Ten this season, just .10 off Big Ten leader Justin Austin of Iowa.

    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, posting NCAA auto times in the 5K.

    Hubers took the 5,000m in 13:44.93, the second fastest time in IU history and the eighth 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 10th in the nation this year. Hubers, who broke Poore's track record from a year ago, became the fifth Hoosier all-time under the 14-minute mark. Zach Mayhew, also under 14, became the sixth.

    The Hoosier Hills proved to be a similar story, but Poore wasn't satisfied with second-place this time. Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers took the first two spots in the 3,000m invitational with automatic NCAA qualifying times.

    Poore won with a time of 7:53.81 and Hubers finished in 7:54.37, the third- and fourth-best times in IU history. Poore and Hubers rank 13th and 17th nationally and fourth and fifth in the Big Ten this season.

    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 competes alongside sophomore Kelsie Ahbe for the first time this season. 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. Indiana is the only program in Div. I with three NCAA qualifiers in the women's pole vault returning for the 2011 season.

    Neuenswander and Ahbe both cleared 4.11m (13-5.75) at the GaREAT Collegiate Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. The pair are tied for third in the Big Ten this season and 23rd nationally. Chin has cleared 3.86m (12-8) and ranks sixth in the conference this season.

    Indiana track and field notched its seventh NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the season and recorded the season's fifth Gladstein Fieldhouse record with a blazing time of 9:30.78 in the men's distance medley relay. The IU record completed a sweep of every home meet for the Hoosiers producing a facility record.

    IU's time surpassed the previous IU record of 9:31.26, which featured IU legends David Neville and John Jefferson. The time also bettered a 33-year old Gladstein Fieldhouse record, a 1978 time of 9:40.6 by Wisconsin.

    Danny Stockberger clocked a time of 2:54.3 on the 1200m leg, Chris Vaughn clocked a split of 47.6 in the 400m leg, Joe Holahan ran an 800m split of 1:51.2, and Andy Bayer ran the final leg in 3:57.5.

    The Indiana men's track and field team continued its climb up the national computer rankings, moving into third place in this week's rankings release. The USTFCCCA released the weekly national computer rankings with the Hoosiers ranked third. The Hoosier men have six performances on the season that currently rank among the top 10 in their respective events this season. The ranking is the highest for a Hoosier team since the USTFCCCA instituted the system in 2008. The Indiana women remained in the nation's top 25, ranked 25th.

    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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