March 4, 2009
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It is go big or go home for the Hoosiers this weekend, as they head to two last chance qualifying meets. Indiana took advantage of that last chance at the Alex Wilson Invitational in 2008. Senior Molly Beckwith and sophomore Stephanie Chin both recorded IU records (at the time) to get into the national meet. While Beckwith will more than likely rest this weekend, several Hoosiers are still trying to punch their ticket to College Station, Texas for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Most of the Hoosiers competing this weekend will head to South Bend for the Alex Wilson Invitational. the meet opens on Friday, March 7 and continues on March 8. The IU throwers will head to Ames, Iowa for the Cyclone National Qualifier on the campus of Iowa State. Freshman Ben Stephen and senior Tiffany Howard will look to improve their marks and solidify their spot at the NCAAs.
LAST TIME OUT
Jeff Coover had a huge clearance in the pole vault on his way to a career best and his first career Big Ten title. He won the pole vault by six inches to earn ten team points for the Hoosiers. Coover took sole possession of the fourth spot in the IU record books with his clearance of 5.45m (17-10.50). He led the men to a sixth-place finish with 61 team points.
Senior Tiffany Howard took a convincing win in the shot put for her first career Big Ten title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, leading the women's team to a fourth-place finish, the best for IU since 2003. Howard's championship scored 10 team points for the Hoosiers. Howard matched her career mark with her winning toss of 15.83m (51-11.25). The mark is the fourth best in IU history.
Molly Beckwith took home three Big Ten medals on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Beckwith took second in the 400-meters and the 600-meters and led the 4x400m relay team to third. Beckwith saw eerily similar results in the 400m and 600m finals. She finished second in both events to runners from the opposite heat of the two heat finals.
Freshman Derek Drouin took second in the high jump, and senior Wil Glover took third in the 60-meters, leading the Hoosiers on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The rookie matched his career best mark with a clearance of 2.18m (7-1.75). He was just three centimeters out of first place.
Glover blazed to a time of 6.76 seconds for his third place finish. The mark was just .04 seconds out of second. He moves to fourth in the IU record books, surpassing Marcus Thigpen. The third-place finish marks Glover's first individual Big Ten medal and his second overall.
Freshman Olumide Olamigoke took third in the triple jump. The freshman from Virginia hopped, skipped and jumped 14.98m (49-1.75). He joins a long Hoosier tradition of medalists in the long and triple jumps. He won IU six team points.
COOVER GETS BIG CLEARANCE, BIG TEN TITLE
Senior Jeff Coover took sole possession of the fourth spot in the IU record books with his Big Ten Championship clearance of 5.45m (17-10.50). Coover is now in the top-five on the national list, and he is within five centimeters of the auto standard and fifteen centimeters better than the second best mark in the Big Ten. He improved his career mark by 3.25 inches. Coover's Big Ten Indoor pole vault crown in the tenth in IU history. He is Indiana's 21st Big Ten champion in the pole vault, including outdoor champions. The championship is the third Big Ten honor of the season for the senior. He earned Big Ten Athlete of the week honors twice this season as well.
The Big Ten Conference announced on Feb. 9 that Indiana's Jeff Coover was 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 was the second consecutive award for Coover, as he received the honor for his career-best mark at the Indiana Relays the week prior.
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 didn't stop with two good weeks. He won the championship section of the pole vault at the Tyson Invite. He finished 15 centimeters better than his closest competitor.
Tiffany Howard TAKE THE BIG TEN SHOT PUT CROWN
Senior Tiffany Howard took a convincing win in the shot put for her first career Big Ten title on day one of the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Howard's championship scored 10 team points for the Hoosiers and was a big reason why they finished in fourth place with 69.5 points.
Howard matched her career mark with her winning toss of 15.83m (51-11.25) and was more than a foot better than the second place finisher. The mark is the fourth best in IU history. Howard is the first Hoosier to win a Big Ten Indoor shot put crown since Heather Brown in 2000. Her mark is currently 18th on the national list. The title is the senior's second conference honor of the season.
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.
BECKWITH WRITES HER NAME THROUGHOUT IU RECORD BOOKS
Molly Beckwith took home three Big Ten medals on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, leading the Hoosiers to a fourth-place finish, the best for IU since 2003. Beckwith took second in the 400-meters and the 600-meters and led the 4x400m relay team to third.
Beckwith saw eerily similar results in the 400m and 600m finals. She finished second in both events to runners from the opposite heat of the two heat finals. Beckwith recorded career bests in both events, finishing in 54.67 in the 400, less than a second out of first.
In the 600m final, she was .18 seconds out of first with her IU record time of 1:27.96. She improved more than a full second on the IU record she set earlier this season. In the relay, Beckwith ran the fastest leg, leading the Hoosiers to the fourth-fastest time in IU lore. Just 1.5 seconds slower than the provisional qualifying mark, their time of 3:41.50 was more than a second faster than the quartet's season best.
Senior Molly Beckwith improved her provisional mark and school record in the 800m run at the Meyo Invitational. Her time of 2:05.55 is the ninth best in Division I and the third best in the Big Ten.
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.
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 26th 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 added three-quarters of an inch to his provisional qualification in the high jump at the Tyson Invite. His clearance of 2.18m (7-1.75) moves him into fourth-place in the IU record books. He is now tied with former IU standout Dennis Adama on the all-time list. He is 16th nationally with his current mark. He holds the Big Ten's third-best mark.
Drouin took second in the high jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Drouin's second place finish was good for eight team points. The Corunna, Ontario native matched his career best mark with a clearance of 2.18m (7-1.75). He was just three centimeters out of first place.
BARDACH, TURNER JOIN IU 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. 39 on the Division I list and is the sixth best in the Big Ten this season.
Turner posted his second provisional qualification of the season as a member of the distance medley relay team. The team took second at the Tyson Invite, and their time of 9:42.72 is the 12th best in Division I and the best in the Big Ten.
Senior Evan Bardach posted his first career provisional qualification at the Big Ten Championships. His time of 1:50.19 was the fastest time in the prelims of the 800m at Big Tens. He is now eighth in the IU record books, moving passed IU legend Mark Deady and behind Turner.
STEPHEN STEPS UP HIS GAME, STEPS INTO IU RECORDS
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 19th best in Division I this year. Stephen has the third-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.
Stephen continued his breakout season by winning a collegiate championship at the Tyson Invitational. Stephen posted the second-best throw of his career to win the title in the shot put. His mark of 18.04m (59-2.25) was more than four feet better than his closest competitor and was 29 centimeters better than the provisional NCAA standard. Keith Lloyd of Nebraska took second with a heave of 16.78m.
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 seventh best by a Big Ten runner this season.
FORECAST CALLS FOR WENDI CONDITIONS AT NCAAS
Senior Wendi Robinson improved her provisional qualification in the 3,000-meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, finishing in 9:26.69 to shed nearly two seconds off of her mark this season and her career best. Her time is the fifth best in IU history. The mark was good for fourth-place in the impressive field of Big Ten runners. She earned five team points.
Robinson took fifth in the 5,000m run at Big Tens. She solidified her spot in the national meet with a time of 16:09.67. The mark is the 15th best in Division I. She earned the team four points with her fifth-place finish.
Robinson provisionally qualified as a member of the distance medley relay team as well at the Meyo Invite. The group recorded the second fastest time in school history, slower than only the school record setting group that Robinson led last season.
VERA IS ALL-TIME BEST AT IU
In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander took fourth place at the Tyson Invite. Neuenswander broke her own IU record with a clearance of 4.20m (13-9.25). The mark is the ninth-best in Division I and is the second-best in the conference this season. She matched the automatic qualifying standard, ensuring her spot in the national meet. Neuenswander improved her IU record by five centimeters.
Neuenswander tied for third at the Big Ten meet, clearing 3.97m (13-0.25). The finish earned 5.5 team points for the Hoosiers.
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. He also holds the conference's fifth-best mark in the long jump.
Olamigoke took third in the triple jump at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The freshman from Virginia hopped, skipped and jumped 14.98m (49-1.75). He joins a long Hoosier tradition of medalists in the long and triple jumps. He won IU six team points.
HARDACRE TAKES TYSON CROWN
Sophomore Cole Hardacre took the collegiate crown in the 3,000m at the Tyson Invitational, finishing less than a half second behind unattached runner Kevin Williams.
Hardacre also finished fifth in the 3,000-meters at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. He shed more than four seconds off of his career best with his 8:09.12 finish.
Hardacre finished just behind fellow sophomore Andrew Poore in the 3K at Big Tens. Poore finished in 8:08.59 to improve his career best by exactly six seconds, taking fourth place. Poore took fifth in the 5,000-meters. He finished in 14.11.28, beating Jacob Nachel across the line for fifth. He inched out the Illinois runner by .03 seconds.
RELAY TEAMS BREAKING INTO STRIDE
The Hoosiers took third in the 4x400m relay at the Big Ten Championships. Seniors Audrey Smoot and Molly Beckwith, freshman Ann-Marie Clarke and junior Kayla Smith joined forces for a bronze-medal effort in the relay. Beckwith ran the fastest leg, leading the Hoosiers to the fourth-fastest time in IU lore. Just 1.5 seconds slower than the provisional qualifying mark, their time of 3:41.50 was more than a second faster than the quartet's season best.
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. The time ranks as the 19th best in Division I this season.
Not to be outdone by their female counterparts, the Hoosier men posted a provisional qualification with the country's eighth-best time this season in the distance medley relay. Sophomores De'Sean Turner and Ben Hubers and seniors John Gunnell and Evan Bardach posted the Big Ten's best time of the season and the fourth-best time in IU history. Finishing in 9:42.72, the Indiana team was less than a half second behind the winning team from Oklahoma. The time ranks as the 12th best in Division I 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.
Event winners 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.
Winning at the Gladstein Invite 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).
Also winning at the Indiana Relays were junior Jenny Kulow in the open section of the 5,000m run (18:11.47) and senior Sarah Pease in the invitational section of the 5,000m (16:58.23).