Bragging Rights on the Line At Border Battle
April 7, 2011
For the second-straight year, the Hoosiers will compete at the Border Battle: "Kentuckiana," hosted by Louisville. The meet pits Indiana and Notre Dame against Louisville and Kentucky in a battle for state supremacy. A year ago, the state of Indiana came up four points short of wins on both the men's and women's sides.
The trip across the Ohio river will take senior pole vaulter Vera Neuenswander to the site of her school record performance from two seasons ago. Neuenswander cleared 4.31m (14-1.75) to win the NCAA Mideast Regional in 2009, before going on to take a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. The social studies education major redshirted in 2010 to complete her student teaching.
LAST TIME OUT
In the 4x100m relay, the Hoosiers provided a surprise to the usually dominant SEC sprinters, taking the win with a time of 39.84 seconds. Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin brought home the win for IU, clocking the second-fastest time in school history, and just the second ever sub-40 second time for IU.
Derek Drouin took the win in an impressive field of high jumpers, clearing 2.23m (7-3.75). He defeated a field that included four All-Americans. Drouin also won the 110m hurdles in 14.31 seconds
Faith Sherrill took the win in the shot put, recording a heave of 16.92m (55-66.25). Vera Neuenswander and Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault. Neuenswander took the win, clearing 4.10m (13-5.25). Ahbe cleared 4.00m (13-1.5). Both Hoosiers surpassed 13 feet, while the next closest competitor was under 12.
Breanne Ehrman took the win in the women's 1,500m, clocking a time of 4:31.65, and Danny Stockberger took the men's 1,500 in 3:55.90. Ruth Christopher took the women's 800m run, clocking a time of 2:13.32 for a tight .25 second margin of victory. Nate Morrow won the men's 3,000m in a time of 8:31.16. Morrow won another battle to the finish line, winning by .51 seconds.
At Stanford, Poore clocked a time of 28:48.02 for fifth place in the 10K. His time is the fastest ever by a Hoosier, surpassing IU legend Pat Mandera, whose time of 28:49.2 had stood as the IU record for 39 years. Blanchard clocked a blazing time of 16:11.84 for fifth among collegiate runners in the women's 5K.
Ben Hubers clocked a 5K time of 13:48.35, good for sixth among collegiates. The time is the sixth fastest in IU history. De'Sean Turner finished in 14:08.16 for fourth in the second flight of the men's 5,000 meters.
FOUR BY ONE GETS IT DONE
POORE PERFORMANCES ALWAYS PLEASANT
Poore clocked a time of 28:48.02 for fifth place in the 10K. His time is the fastest ever by a Hoosier, surpassing IU legend Pat Mandera, whose converted 6-mile time of 28:49.2 had stood as the IU record for 39 years. Stephen Haas had the best non-converted time, a 2006 race at Mt. SAC that went 28:52.30. Poore's time is the fifth-best nationally this season and ranks third in the East.
CHELSEA CHASES HISTORY
DROUIN, BAYER AMONG OUTDOOR REDSHIRTS
Drouin sustained a foot injury while competing in the high jump at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. The injury will require surgery and will cause Drouin to sit out the 2011 outdoor season. While recovery and rehab will take time, Indiana's medical staff expects Drouin to make a complete recovery. Drouin will seek a medical hardship redshirt for this outdoor season and return to competition once his rehab is complete.
The junior from Corunna, Ontario, won his third NCAA title in the high jump, and his second-straight indoors on March 12, clearing a Canadian-record tying 7-7.75. His jump broke the all-time Big Ten record as well and earned him National Field Athlete of the Year honors. Drouin won his fourth Big Ten high jump crown as well, tying his own Big Ten meet record in the process, en route to Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year honors as well. Drouin's meet-best at NCAAs moved him into a tie for third indoors all-time in the collegiate ranks. Drouin was also named to the watch list for "The Bowerman," the top prize in collegiate track and field.
The Hoosiers will also be without middle distance specialists Joe Holahan and Ashley Baker, who both scored at the Big Ten Indoor meet in the 800m, pole vaulter Stefano Koufidis, and distance runner Arianne Raby as they will all redshirt outdoors.
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