Outdoor Season Kicks Off This Weekend
March 23, 2011
Indiana kicks off the outdoor season with the Big Ten/SEC Challenge and the Stanford Invitational this weekend. The Big Ten vs. SEC Challenge pits four Big Ten schools against four SEC schools in a battle for conference superiority. The Hoosiers will be joined by Big Ten competitors from Illinois, Ohio State and Purdue. The SEC will be represented by host Mississippi State, Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss. The meet will feature a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system with each conference scoring a max of four athletes.
The Big Ten will have to compete without many of IU's top distance runners this weekend. Several of IU's talented runners are competing at the Stanford Invitational. The Hoosiers head to the meet for the fourth-straight season. The meet annually produces some of the nation's best times, due to ideal conditions for distance racing. Flotrack.org will have coverage of the meet for IU fans looking to get up to the minute coverage.
LAST TIME OUT
The first team honorees for IU were Andrew Bayer (3,000m and distance medley relay), Kind Butler (200m), Drouin (high jump), Joe Holahan (DMR), Andrew Poore (3,000m), Faith Sherrill (shot put), Danny Stockberger (DMR), and Chris Vaughn (DMR). Second teamers were Ben Hubers (5,000m and 3,000m), Poore in the 5,000m, and Monique Riddick in the shot put.
Drouin claimed his third NCAA title in the high jump, and he did it in style. Drouin three more bars than any other competitor and broke the all-time Big Ten indoor record and tied the all-time Canadian indoor record with a clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75). Drouin was four inches better than the second-place jumper.
Bayer took third in the 3,000m, his second top-three finish of the meet. He matched his placing in the event a year ago. He finished in 8:04.70, which was just .05 out of second and 1.01 seconds out of the win. Bayer anchored the Hoosiers to second in the distance medley relay, splitting what is believed to be the fastest indoor 1,600m split in history, at 3:53.29. Stockberger, Vaughn, Holahan and Bayer combined for an IU record time of 9:29.65, which was just .37 seconds out of the win. Bayer's split, amazingly, moved the Hoosiers from ninth to second place.
Sherrill took fourth in the women's shot put with a throw of 17.08m (56-0.5). She had the best finish in the shot put indoors by a Hoosier since Angie Ryker and Katrin Koch went 1-2 in 1989. Her five points gives her 10 career points at NCAA meets, which is 13th-most in school history.
Poore finished seventh, to better his eighth-place finish in the 3K a year ago. He clocked a time of 8:06.00. Poore clocked a school record on day one in the 5,000 meters, posting the fastest time in meet history to not finish in the top eight. Butler narrowly got himself into the finals of the 200m dash, where he took eighth.
Hubers finished 12th in the 3,000 in 8:08.50 and he was 10th in the 5,000m, joining Poore as the fastest non-scorers in meet history, his time of 13:40.73 is second only to Poore's in IU history and was better than the winning 5K times from the past two NCAA indoor meets. Riddick took 13th in the shot put with a heave of 16.39m (53-9.25).
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