Four-Way Meet Next for IU
April 15, 2010
IU track and field travels to Terre Haute this weekend for their second-straight scored meet. For the second consecutive year, the Hoosiers will compete in the four-way meet against Indiana State, Michigan State and Southern Illinois. The 2009 meet saw the Indiana women take the win and the Indiana men finish second to ISU.
The meet will begin at 2 p.m. ET on Fri., April 16 and continue on Sat., April 17 at 9:30 a.m. The meet will be scored using a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system, with only two athletes scoring per team per event. The meet will feature three women's teams just outside the USTFCCCA top 25. Southern Illinois enters the weekend ranked No. 32, the Hoosier women are No. 35 and Indiana State is ranked 38th. The meet will also feature two NCAA champions. ISU's Kylie Hutson has won three NCAA crowns in the pole vault and IU's Derek Drouin took the indoor high jump crown at the 2010 NCAA championships.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana and Notre Dame teamed up for Hoosierland against Louisville and Kentucky of The Commonwealth for the meet. On the men's side Commonwealth won 100-96. On the women's side they captured the victory as well 103-99.
Pease led the 3,000m steeplechase from the start and won in a school record time of 10:05.67. In the women's 1500m run Beckwith led the whole way and crossed the line in a time of 4:20.17, edging out Rebecca Tracy of Notre Dame by .01.
Bayer recorded another impressive time this week as he captured victory in the men's 1500m run. Bayer crossed the finish line in 3:41.87. After his victory in the 1500m, Bayer crossed the line first again in the 800m run at 1:50.70.
The Hoosiers did very well in the hammer throw as they swept the top two spots. Redshirt freshman Patrick Onye took first with a heave of 56.48m. In the women's shot put Faith Sherrill recorded a throw of 15.92m to win the event.
Sophomore Derek Drouin won the 110m hurdles in 14.45. Drouin came back and also finished first in the high jump with a clearance of 2.20m. Junior Lindsey Hartman finished first in the 800m run, and sophomore Aireonna Bailey sprinted to victory in a time of 12.24 in the 100m dash.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE... AGAIN
Bayer collects his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in 2010 after posting a winning time of 3:41.87 in the 1,500-meter open. The Leo, Ind., native bested the field by more than two seconds and now owns the fourth-best time in Division I this season, and the 10th best time in school history in the event. After his victory in the 1500m, Bayer crossed the line first again in the 800-meter run at 1:50.70. Bayer came around the final turn in third-place and made a pass in the last 10 meters to win by 0.24 seconds. Overall, Bayer's two wins scored 10 points for the Hoosiers' cause.
Drouin posted 13 points for the Hoosiers, winning the high jump and 110m hurdles, while taking second in the javelin at the Border Battle last week. Drouin's clearance of 2.20m (7-2.5) is just two centimeters off his season high and bested the next closest competitor by a full inch. Drouin's clearance is 1.5 inches better than the closest jumper in Big Ten this season and also ranks sixth in the nation. Drouin also won the 110m hurdles in 14.45. It was a career best for Drouin and a .35 improvement on his career mark. The time is the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. In the javelin, Drouin's heave of 51.29m (168-3) was just five inches shy from the winning toss.
Pease led the 3,000-meter steeplechase from the start and won in a school-record time of 10:05.67. The Indiana native finished nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field and owns the Big Ten's best time this season by the same margin. Her time also ranks third in Division I and fifth in the world this season, eclipsing her own school record by 0.35 seconds, which she set at the NCAA Championships last year. This is the first Big Ten Athlete of the Week award for the Hoosier junior.
10K = OK
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 No. 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).
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 13th on the descending order list.
BIG TEN HONORS THREE HOOSIERS
Bayer led a talented crop of Hoosier runners at the Stanford Invitational on Friday, 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.
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 ninth-best mark in Division I this season.
The selection marked 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 on Saturday. The product of Indiana was the first to cross the line in a time of 10:46.67. The mark is the sixth-fastest in IU history and the 49th-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.
Breanne Ehrman posted a time of 10:44.65 for fourth in the IU record books and Samantha Ginther moved into sixth. The duo moved past teammate Caitlin Engel who posted a time of 10:46.67 at the Alabama Relays. Kelsey Duerksen moved into seventh in the record books as well.
Current Hoosiers hold seven of the top-11 times in school history in the event. The times at the Border Battle knocked freshman Erica Ridderman out of the top ten and moved senior Wendi Robinson's time from 2007 down to the tenth spot on the list.
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