Border Battle Next Up for Indiana
April 8, 2010
The Hoosiers head to Louisville for a scored meet this weekend. The Border Battle: Kentuckiana pits two schools from the state of Indiana (IU and Notre Dame) against two schools from Kentucky (Louisville and Kentucky) with the pairs of teams competing for overall state supremacy. The meet marks the second straight year that the Hoosiers have competed in a scored meet in their second outdoor competition. The Hoosiers competed at the Pepsi Team Invitational in 2009, with the IU men defeating the No. 1-ranked Oregon Ducks.
This weekend's meet will take place at Cardinal Park Track Stadium, which is a familiar site for the Hoosiers as it hosted the NCAA Mideast Regional in May 2009. The stadium saw seven Hoosiers earn berths into the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year, including NCAA Regional title wins from Derek Drouin and Vera Neuenswander.
The Hoosiers competed in one regular season scored meet during the indoor season, as Indiana's men's and women's teams defeated Purdue at Gladstein Fieldhouse. IU wll compete in one more scored meet during the outdoor season, as the Hoosiers will compete with Michigan State, Indiana State and Southern Illinois in a four-way invitational for the second straight outdoor season. That meet will be hosted in Terre Haute, Ind., on April 17.
LAST TIME OUT
A group of Indiana distance runners competed at the Stanford Invitational on Fri., March 26. The group performed very well, recording times that are among the best in school history. Sophomore Andy Bayer placed third in the 5,000m, redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore ran the third-best 10k in school history, junior Sarah Pease ran the fourth-fastest 10k in school history and sophomore Chelsea Blanchard clocked the fourth-best 5,000 meters in IU lore.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE HOOSIERS
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that his student-athletes showed great competitiveness in the first weekend of the outdoor season.
"Our student-athletes went out looking to compete in our first weekend outdoors, and I'm very pleased with the performances they were able to record," Helmer said. "This was a good start to the outdoor season, and we need to build on it."
Bayer led a talented crop of Hoosier runners at the Stanford Invitational, placing third in the 5,000-meter run and crossing the finish line in 13:45.75. His effort stands as the third-best time in Division I this season and is the fifth-fastest in school history, behind only IU legends Bob Kennedy, Jim Spivey, Terry Brahm and Stephen Haas.
This is the first Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Week award for the Leo, Ind., native. Bayer also has Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards to his credit during the indoor and cross country seasons.
Coover kicked off the 2010 outdoor season by claiming top honors in the pole vault competition on the final day at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The La Jolla, Calif., native cleared 5.35m (17-6.5) to better the field by a foot and nearly six inches for the individual title. His clearance was just a centimeter off his outdoor career best and ranks as the third-best mark in Division I this season.
The selection marks the first Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week award for Coover since he collected his first weekly honor as a junior in April 2008. Coover has won four indoor weekly honors from the conference, including two in 2010, and his six career weekly honors are matched only by Kennedy in IU history. Kennedy garnered three honors in cross country and three during the indoor season.
Engel claimed top honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Alabama Relays. The product of Indiana was the first to cross the line in a time of 10:46.67. The mark is the fourth-fastest in IU history and the 18th-best in Division I this season. Engel closed out the weekend by contributing to Indiana's runner-up finish in the 4x1,500-meter relay with a time of 19:16.70. This is the first Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week award for Engel's career.
Drouin finished the first day with a score of 3,711 points, which was just 10 points out of first place. Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.22m (7-3.25). Drouin also posted outdoor bests in the long jump (6.78m), 100m dash (11.50), and shot put (10.29m (33-9.25)). Drouin finished with 6,592 points for second place, which is the eighth-most in school history. Drouin posted career bests in the 110m hurdles (14.80), the discus (26.30m (86-3)), the javelin (52.33m (171-08)). Drouin's mark in the javelin is more than 24 feet better than his previous career mark. His point total is a 274 point improvement on his previous best.
In the women's 5k, sophomore Chelsea Blanchard clocked a time of 16:22.62, which is the fourth best in school history. The seventh collegiate to finish, Blanchard is 10th on the descending order list.
10K = OKAY
Junior Sarah Pease finished 12th among collegiates in the 10,000m. Her time of 33:51.86 is the fourth-fastest ever by a Hoosier. She moves to number 12 on the national list. Following Pease in was senior Wendi Robinson in 13th, posting the 13th fastest time in Div. I this season (33:57.31).
COOVER GOES OVER
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