Quad Meet at Hayes Track This Weekend
April 14, 2011
The 2011 Indiana Invitational puts four teams against each other in a scored meet, the third scored meet of the season for Indiana. Indiana State, Michigan State and Missouri will travel to Bloomington as the Hoosiers host their first outdoor meet of the season. The meet will be scored using a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system, with only two from each team scoring in each event.
Top athletes from each team include high jumper Major Clay and NCAA Champion thrower Felisha Johnson for the Sycamores, Big Ten champions in distance runner Emily MacLeod and high jumper Rebecca Buchholtz for the Spartans, as well as sprinter Kenneth Chambers and Big 12 runner-up pole vaulter Brian Hancock for the Tigers.
LAST TIME OUT
Sherrill moved into the nation's top three with a winning heave of 17.49m (57-4.75) in the shot put. She was more than four feet better than her closest competitor.
Neuenswander and Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault. Neuenswander cleared 4.25m (13-11.25) for the win. She moves into the nation's top 10 on the season with the clearance. Ahbe took second, clearing 4.15m (13-7.25). No other competitor cleared 13 feet.
Indiana went 1-2-3 in the 1,500m, with Ben Hubers taking the win in 3:47.15. Andrew Poore and De'Sean Turner were right behind in 3:47.97 and 3:48.51 respectively. Turner and Poore doubled back to take second and third in the 3,000m steeplechase, behind defending NCAA champion Matt Hughes of Louisville. Turner was done in 8:58.07 and Poore in 8:58.63.
Kind Butler won the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay titles on the day. He clocked a time of 10.53 seconds in the 100, and Devin Pipkin took second in 10.62. In the 200, Butler crossed the line in 21.45. The Hoosiers won the 4x100 in 40.43.
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.
At the Border Battle, Poore clocked a 3,000m steeplechase time of 8:58.63, which ranks 10th nationally this season.
CHELSEA CHASES HISTORY
THE 9-SWANDER IS BACK IN TOP FORM
Neuenswander and teammate Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault at the Border Battle, scoring eight points in the event for the Hoosierland. Neuenswander cleared 4.25m (13-11.25) for the win. She leads the Big Ten by two inches, ranks 8th nationally and 5th in the East on the season with the clearance. She was four inches better than Ahbe in second place, and no other competitor cleared 13 feet.
Neuenswander rejoined the nation's elite with the clearance, doing so at the site of her career best. She cleared 4.31m (14-1.75) at the same facility in 2009, before going on to finish as the NCAA runner up. After redshirting in 2010 to do her student teaching, the senior is rounding back into top form.
FAITH SEES A HOLE IN HER COLLECTION
Sherrill moved into the nation's top three with a winning heave of 17.49m (57-4.75) in the shot put at the Border Battle. She was more than four feet better than her closest competitor. The mark is just 1.5 inches away from Katrin Koch's IU record of 17.53m (57-6.25). Sherrill has the IU records in the shot put and weight throw indoors and the hammer throw outdoors, so the outdoor shot put mark would complete the set.
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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