Look Out Big Ten, Here Come the Hoosiers
Feb. 23, 2011
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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).
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.
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)).
RECORDS OVERCOME BY FAITH
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.
ONE SMALL HOP FOR DROUIN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR... ANYONE ELSE
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.
FASTER THAN THE AVERAGE BAYER
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).
NOT KIND TO COMPETITORS
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.
HUBERS AND POORE, POORE AND HUBERS, EITHER WAY IT IS AUTOMATIC
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.
VERA VERY HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE GAME
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.
D.M.R. = DESTROYS MANY RECORDS
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.
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