April 8, 2009
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Indiana returns to the Sea Ray Relays after several Hoosiers had career days at the meet in 2008. Sophomore Stephanie Chin set the IU outdoor record in the pole vault by clearing 4.25m, and senior Kiwan Lawson posted regional marks in the long jump and the 200-meters.
Indiana will face more top-level competition this weekend, as the field will include Virginia Tech, Louisville, Oregon, South Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, San Diego State, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia and the host team, Tennessee. Tennessee won the women’s indoor title, and Virginia Tech and Oregon’s women’s teams enter the meet ranked in the top-five nationally
The meet kicks off on Wednesday, April 8 with the start of multi competition, and Thursday will see the decathlon and heptathlon finish, as well as the women’s hammer throw. The meet kicks into full gear on Friday, April 10, with the men’s discus starting things off at 12:15 p.m. Saturday will see action start at 9:15 a.m. and conclude with the men’s 4x400m relay at 5:45 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Indiana men claimed the Pepsi Team Invitational crown, defeating the 2009 NCAA indoor champion Oregon men’s team. With the Hoosiers and Ducks knotted up at 188 points apiece heading into the final event, IU claimed the win with second and fourth-place finishes in the discus throw for a final tally of 200 points, becoming only the second non-West Coast team to win the men’s title at the event (Nebraska won in 1996 and 1999). Oregon finished with 194. The meet used the international scoring format of 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Only two athletes from each team could score in an event.
Indiana was led by first-place finishes from senior Kyle Lechlitner, sophomore De’Sean Turner and freshmen Olumide Olamigoke and Ben Stephen, as well as the 4x100m relay team. Indiana got regional marks from Stephen, senior Paul Fearnow and freshman Derek Drouin.
The women’s team took second at the meet, behind only the #3 Oregon Ducks. The Hoosiers recorded six regional qualifications on the day and scored 167 points. Oregon won with 233.5 points, while Utah State was third with 132.5 and Kansas State was fourth with 119.
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was junior high jumper Ashley Rhoades who had the second best clearance in IU history. Her regional qualifying mark was one of six for Indiana. Fellow juniors Vera Neuenswander, Molly Beckwith, Sarah Pease and Kayla Smith, as well as senior Tiffany Howard recorded regional marks on the day, all six Hoosiers won their events.
BIG BEN IS REGIONAL-BOUND
Ben Stephen grabbed his spot in the NCAA Regional with his winning toss in the shot put. The freshman had a heave of 17.12m (56-2). The mark is 32 centimeters better than the regional standard. His mark is the best in the Big Ten this season and is among the top-five in the Mideast Region.
RHOADES FLIES HER WAY TO LOUISVILLE
Leading the way for the Hoosiers was junior high jumper Ashley Rhoades who had the second best clearance in IU history. Her regional qualifying mark was one of six for Indiana. Rhoades cleared 1.81m (5-11.25) for first place in the high jump.
She added six centimeters to her career best and put herself just a centimeter away from the IU record. The Columbia City, Ind., native was 5.5 inches better than her closest competitor, who happened to be sophomore Laura Morris. Her mark is the second best in the country thus far in the outdoor season and is the best mark by a Big Ten competitor.
DROUIN CLEARS THE REGIONAL STANDARD
Freshman Derek Drouin scored 6,318 points for third place in the decathlon at the Alabama Relays. That point total is the eighth best in IU history. The freshman put up his best mark in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.51 seconds for 789 points. Drouin put up 3,526 points on day one, posting a regional qualifying height in the high jump in the process.
On day one in Alabama, Drouin moved himself into ninth all-time in the IU outdoor record books with his mark in the high jump. The All-American cleared 2.13m (6-11.75). His height is three centimeters better than the regional standard. Drouin’s mark is currently the best in the Big Ten.
Drouin was second in the high jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational, behind only indoor national champion Scott Sellers. The Canada native’s mark of 2.10m (6-10.75) matched the regional standard.
FEARNOW FINDS HIS WAY
Fearnow bested his regional mark from a week earlier in the hammer throw. His toss of 59.15m (194-1) was just two inches shy of the winning toss by Oregon’s Jordan Stray at the Pepsi Team Invite. Fearnow improved his season mark by more than 1.5m. His career best is 59.67m.
The Hoosiers recorded two regional qualifications on day four at the Alabama Relays, making a total of eight in the team’s first meet of the outdoor season. Senior Paul Fearnow got his qualification with a winning heave in the hammer throw.
Fearnow will return to the regional after he posted the third best mark in IU history to qualify in 2008.
KAYLA HURDLES REGIONAL MARK
Junior Kayla Smith recorded her first career regional qualification en route to a first place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Her time of 1:00.33 is .59 seconds better than the regional standard and is the sixth best in school history. She is now just .07 seconds out of fifth in the IU record book.
TURNER TAKES REGIONAL TIME
Indiana took first and second in the 1,500 meters at the Pepsi Team Invite. Sophomore De’Sean Turner finished in 3:50.86 for first, and freshman Andy Bayer crossed the line in 3:51.32 for second. Turner’s time is the fastest by a Big Ten runner this season and is a career best for the Indianapolis native.
Turner then posted a regional qualifying mark in the 3,000m steeplechase. His time of 9:03.25 is nearly four seconds faster than the regional standard. His third place time is the second fastest in the Mideast Region and the fastest in the Big Ten this season.
Sarah Pease TAKES THE STEEPLE
Sarah Pease posted her first regional mark this weekend at the 3,000m steeplechase. The junior had the fastest time in the 3,000m steeplechase, besting the regional mark by 28 seconds. Her time of 10:22.26 is the third best in IU history, and she cut more than 32 seconds off her previous career mark. Her mark is the second best in the Mideast region and the Big Ten thus far in the outdoor season.
NEUENSWANDER NETS REGIONAL BERTH
Junior Vera Neuenswander finished 3.75 inches better than her closest competitor in the pole vault at the Pepsi Team Invitational. She added five centimeters to her regional mark and moved to within two centimeters of her all-time best. The All-American is now 25 centimeters better than the regional standard.
Eight Hoosiers qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the Alabama Relays, and five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day. In the pole vault, Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin punched their tickets to Louisville.
Neuenswander claimed the pole vault crown, clearing 4.05m (13-3.5). The height is eight inches better than the regional standard. The Jefferson City, Mo., native holds an lifetime outdoor best of 4.12m. She took sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships for All-America honors. Her mark is the best in the Big Ten this season.
LAWSON LEAPS BACK INTO NCAA MIDEAST REGIONAL
Senior Kiwan Lawson punched his ticket in the long jump at the Alabama Relays, along with seven other Hoosiers.
Lawson was third in the long jump. The 2008 All-American recorded a leap of 7.64m (25-0.75). His mark is just 23 centimeters off his career best and 30 centimeters better than the regional standard. Lawson’s career best outdoors is 7.87m. Lawson’s jump is the best in the Big Ten this season.
Lawson took second in the long jump, third in the 200m dash and anchored the winning 4x100m relay performance at the Pepsie Team Invitational. Senior Wil Glover and sophomores Cedric Hudson and Devin Pipkin joined Lawson on the track to record a time of 40.99 seconds. The quartet is now just .33 seconds slower than the regional standard.
HOWARD’S HEAVE MAKES THE GRADE
Senior Tiffany Howard won the shot put at the Pepsi Team Invitational, adding 12 centimeters to her regional mark on the season. Her toss of 15.19m (49-10) was 3 feet and 6.75 inches better than the second place throw by Spela Hus of Utah State. Howard’s mark is the sixth best in school history.
Five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays. Howard and sophomore Kristen Crawford did the same in the shot put.
Howard was third in the shot put, recording a heave of 15.07m (49-5.5). Her toss was nearly three feet better than the regional standard of 14.30m (46-11). The senior claimed the Big Ten shot put title in the indoor season.
OLAMIGOKE HEADED TO LOUISVILLE
The Hoosiers recorded two more regional qualifications on day four at the Alabama Relays, making a total of eight in the team’s first meet of the outdoor season. Freshman Olumide Olamigoke took second in the triple jump with his qualification.
Olamigoke had a leap of 15.40m (50-6.25), the second best of the meet. The winning jump proved to be wind-aided, so the freshman’s mark was the best unassisted mark of the meet. He bested the regional standard (15.00m) by 40 centimeters. He is within six inches of the top-ten in IU’s illustrious history of horizontal jumping. His mark is the Big Ten’s best this season.
Olamigoke won the triple jump at the Pepsi Team Invitational. He skipped, hopped and jumped 14.99m (49-2.25). His mark is just a centimeter shy of the regional standard, but he had a jump of 15.40m last weekend. The freshman was eight inches better than his closest competitor, Emmanuel Neizer of Kansas State.
MOLLY MOVES INTO MIDEAST REGIONAL
Beckwith won the 800 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational, finishing a full second ahead of Zoe Buckman of Oregon, the second-place finisher. Beckwith’s time of 2:07.28 is more than two seconds faster than the regional standard. Beckwith participated in the NCAA Indoor meet in March in the 800 meters.
CHIN IS IN
Five Hoosiers posted regional qualifications on day three at the Alabama Relays. In the pole vault, junior Vera Neuenswander and sophomore Stephanie Chin punched their tickets to Louisville.
The IU record holder in the pole vault is Chin, who cleared the regional standard of 3.85m (12-7.5). Chin’s mark got her fourth place. Chin advanced to the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
KRISTEN IS KENTUCKY-BOUND
Tiffany Howard wasn’t the only Hoosier to best the regional standard in the shot put at the Alabama Relays, as sophomore Kristen Crawford did the same.
Crawford took fifth with the eighth best throw in school history. Her mark of 14.66m (48-1.25) is good for the first regional qualification in her career at IU. The transfer from Richmond is a former Atlantic 10 champion.
RELAY TEAMS START OFF STRONG
Indiana was very successful in relay action at the Alabama Relays. The team took first and second in the women’s 4x800m relay. Junior Wendi Robinson, sophomore Lindsey Hartman and freshmen Ashley Baker and Breanne Ehrman took first, finishing in 9:11.06. Following them in was a team of senior Courtney Freiberger, sophomore Kayla Smith and freshmen Caitlin Engel and Chelsea Blanchard, which took second. The Hoosier women were also second in the 1,600m sprint medley. Senior Audrey Smoot, junior Molly Beckwith and freshmen Kim Blaylock and Ann-Marie Clarke finished in 3:53.36.
On the men’s side, IU won the 4x800m relay, finishing in 7:41.27. The team of senior Brennon Plotner and freshmen Andy Bayer, Daniel Stockberger and Andrew Poore were more than a second faster than the second-place team.
At the Pepsi Team Invitational, the men’s 4x100m relay team took first place. Seniors Kiwan Lawson and Wil Glover and sophomores Devin Pipkin and Cedric Hudson finished in a time of 40.99 seconds. The quartet is now just .33 seconds slower than the regional standard.