Hoosiers Head to Texas Looking for NCAA Titles
March 9, 2011
The Hoosiers head to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in College Station, Texas. The Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M will be the site of the season's conclusion. IU returns to the building that saw the IU men finish 14th two years ago.
The Hoosier men were sixth at the NCAA indoor meet in Arkansas a year ago and tied for 14th two years ago. IU will take eight men to the meet, with eight entries in events. The Hoosiers saw Derek Drouin win the NCAA high jump title at the indoor meet a year ago and will look for repeat All-America performances from Drouin, Andy Bayer and Andrew Poore in the 3K and the distance medley relay.
The Hoosier women travel to the NCAA Championships with two throwers, both prepared to compete in the shot put. Faith Sherrill enters as the national leader, looking to repeat an All-America performance in the event a year ago. Monique Riddick heads to her first NCAA meet as a Hoosier, but not without national meet experience.Riddick transferred to Indiana from Div. III Montclair State, having won three NCAA DIII shot put titles.
ESPN3.com will stream live portions of the event with NCAA.com streaming the remainder. The schedule is as follows: Friday,10 a.m.-3:55 p.m. (NCAA.com)/ 3:55 p.m.-8:40 p.m. (ESPN3), Saturday, Noon-4:55 p.m. (NCAA.com)/5 p.m.-7:50 p.m. (ESPN3). The 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships will air on a tape-delay on Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30-4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
LAST TIME OUT
Riddick launched a heave of 16.66m (54-8) to move into 15th on the national list. Her second-place finish at Iowa State was good enough to get one of the final spots in the shot put at the NCAA Championships.
Also in Iowa, Kind Butler won the 60m in 6.70 seconds and took the 200m in 20.95. He was .03 off his season best in the 60 and .02 off his season best in the 200. Patrick Onye took the men's weight throw with a heave of 20.17m (66-2.25), winning by more than a foot.
At Notre Dame, Andy Weatherford posted an impressive performance in the mile, finishing in 4:02.80 for sixth place. Weatherford shed more than three seconds off his career best time. Vera Neuenswander and Kelsie Ahbe both cleared 4.06m (13-3.75) in the pole vault. Neuenswander finished tied for third and Ahbe took sixth.
Kelsey Duerksen, Aireonna Bailey, Arianne Raby and Chelsea Blanchard shed nearly three seconds off IU's best time of the season in the distance medley relay, finishing in 11:20.28. The time is the third-best in IU history. Zach Mayhew took fourth in the men's 5,000 meters, posting a time of 14:00.26. Emma Kimoto took fifth in the high jump, clearing 1.72m (5-7.75).
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 four 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 twice this season. She is the Big Ten and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year.
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 meet, was 364 days earlier at Tyson. He took fourth there in 2010, before going on to win Big Ten and NCAA titles.
More than just a high jumper, Drouin has shown this season to be a competitor regardless 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.
Drouin was named Big Ten Athlete of the week after the Tyson Invite and earned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athelte of the Year honors as well.
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 twice this season and earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year honors as well.
NOT KIND TO COMPETITORS
This season, Butler has shown that he enjoyed the Big Ten medals but prefers them in gold. Butler 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.
Butler took the Big Ten crown in the 60 meters, with an amazing last 10 meters. In third at 50 meters, Butler outleaned Shane Crawford of Purdue (6.71) and Andrew Riley of Illinois (6.72) to win in 6.70 seconds. Butler then took second in the 200m in 21.23. He scored 19 points at the meet.
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.
Poore took the Big Ten title in the 5,000 meters, dropping the hammer with 50 meters to go to run away from the field. Poore and Hubers each scored in the 3,000m and 5,000m at Big Tens.
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.
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 Hoosiers enter the NCAA meet with the 5th-best time nationally.
MONIQUE TAKES HER TALENTS TO A HIGHER LEVEL ... LITERALLY
Riddick's career at IU, although consisting of just this indoor season, would be truly historic if it weren't for the talents of her teammate, Faith Sherrill. Riddick trails only Sherrill in the IU shot put records, and she dominated the field at the Big Ten Championships, with Sherrill winning. The junior isn't discouraged by any of that though, as demonstrated by her performance at the ISU Qualifier, earning her spot in the national meet.
Riddick, a tireless worker and outstanding teammate, launched a heave of 16.66m (54-8) to punch her ticket to Texas. The mark is the second-best in IU history, ahead of NCAA Champion and IU Hall of Famer Katrin Koch.
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