Women's Track

    IU Shows Off Hayes Track at Polytan Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Former Hoosier Molly Beckwith will look to break her own track record in the 800m
    Go Hoosiers!
    Former Hoosier Molly Beckwith will look to break her own track record in the 800m
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 19, 2011

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    Several top teams from across the nation will embark to Bloomington this weekend to compete on one of the best new surfaces in the country at the Polytan Invitational. Billy Hayes Track was resurfaced in 2010 and recieved IAAF certification. The three-day meet will feature combined events competition, starting on Thursday, and open event competition on Friday and Saturday.

    The meet will feature several top athletes and good races all around. IU alum Molly Beckwith will look to break two minutes in the 800 meters, and IU runners will start looking to put fast times on the board for qualification into the NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be hosted in Bloomington in late May.

    The Hoosiers got big performances throughout the weekend to take the men's and women's titles at the Indiana Invitational. The women's meet came down to the final event, with the Hoosiers running away with the 4x400m relay for the win with 203.5 points, to Michigan State's 201. The men wrapped up the meet much earlier, taking 189 points, to MSU's 161. The Hoosiers broke five meet records in the meet.

    The women's 4x400m relay started with Indiana and MSU tied. The Hoosiers took the win, cruising over the final 500 meters. Jordan Gray ran a 54.8 split on the third leg, pulling away in the final 100, and Ann-Marie Clarke anchored a leg of 53.6, helping clock a time of 3:41.09, which ranks sixth all-time at Indiana.

    Indiana went 1-2 in the women's shot put, with Faith Sherrill tossing a meet record of 17.36m (56-11.5) and Monique Riddick taking second with a heave of 16.05m (52-8)). Riddick's heave ranks fifth in IU lore.

    Kind Butler put on a display in the 400m, clocking a meet record of 46.37. His time is the 7th-best in IU history and it ranks 18th nationally and second in the Big Ten this season. Butler then anchored the Hoosiers to a win in the 4x400m relay, clocking a time of 3:11.73. Butler and Chris Vaughn each provided splits of 46.6 seconds.

    The Hoosiers took 1-2 finishes in both 3,000m steeplechase races. Sarah Pease clocked a meet record of 10:13.08, which ranks seventh in the NCAA this season. Caitlin Engel took second in 10:40.43. The men's race went to De'Sean Turner in 8:50.35, and Andy Weatherford was second in 8:54.45.

    Gray won the women's 800 in 2:09.48 with teammate Ruth Christopher clocking a time of 2:10.76 for second. The men's 800 saw Ben Hubers come back from a Saturday night win in the 1,500m for an impressive final kick to take the win in 1:52.08.

    The Hoosiers dominated the sprints, with Aireonna Bailey winning the 100 meters in 11.93 and the 200m in 24.05. The men's 100 went to Devin Pipkin in 10.67, and Tyler Sult finished third in 10.82. The Hoosiers also got a win in the men's 4x100m relay, clocking a meet record of 40.76 in retched conditions.

    The women's 1,500 saw Chelsea Blanchard win in 4:28.84, with Breanne Ehrman right on her tail for second in 4:29.07. The duo scored 16 points for IU. Vera Neuenswander posted a meet record of 4.20m (13-9.5) in the pole vault. Kelsie Ahbe took second, clearing 4.10m (13-5.25).

    Kind Butler typically makes his mark in the 60, 100 and 200, but on day two of the Indiana Invitational he put on a display in the 400m, clocking a meet record of 46.37. He was nearly a full second better than his closest competitor, Yury Ratomski of Michigan State.

    His time is the seventh-best in IU history at a distance where Hoosiers have won six Olympic medals, including four golds, and it ranks 19th nationally and second in the Big Ten this season.

    Butler then anchored the Hoosiers to a win in the 4x400m relay, clocking a time of 3:11.73, which is just .12 shy of the meet record. Butler provided an anchor split of 46.6 seconds.

    In cold and rainy conditions on Saturday, the Hoosiers also got a win in the men's 4x100m relay. Butler ran the second leg, helping IU to win by more than a second, clocking a meet record of 40.76 in retched conditions. Butler ran on the Hoosiers season best 39.84 in the 4x100, which ranks 16th nationally and leads the Big Ten.

    Andrew Poore opened his outdoor campaign much like he closed the indoor season. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he ran the fastest 5,000m race in school history and followed it up with an All-America performance in the 3,000 meters. At the Stanford Invite, he upped the ante, running the fastest 10,000 meter time in IU history.

    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 eighth-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 25th nationally this season.

    Junior Chelsea Blanchard inched closer to stamping her name atop the IU record books at the Stanford Invitational. She clocked a blazing time of 16:11.84 for fifth among collegiate runners in the women's 5K. The time is the second fastest in IU history, surpassing Jessica Gall. Her time is 24th nationally on the season and second in the Big Ten.

    Senior Vera Neuenswander matched a Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week performance in the Hoosiers first meet of the outdoor season with an even more impressive performance in the second meet of the season. The Big Ten has honored Neuenswander as the week's best field athlete twice this season. The senior from Jefferson City, Mo., has moved to the top of the Big Ten in the pole vault, inching closer to her school record from two seasons ago.

    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.

    Senior Faith Sherrill wants to go down as the best thrower in IU history, but there is one IU record she still has yet to attain.

    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, putting her third on the national descending order list. 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.

    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 at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. 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. They rank 16th nationally and first in the Big Ten this season.

    The Hoosiers will be without several key contributors during the outdoor season. National Field Athlete of the Year Derek Drouin will miss the outdoor season after suffering a foot injury. Big Ten Indoor Track Athlete of the Year Andy Bayer is taking a planned redshirt to make up for lost training due to injury in 2010.

    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.

    Fans of IU track and field will have access to greatly expanded coverage of the Hoosiers in 2011. Media Relations contact Kyle Johnson will be covering the Hoosiers all season long on Twitter, Facebook and IUHoosiers.com. His Twitter posts will include live updates from meets all season long.

    Weekly Youtube videos, previews, recaps, photo galleries, results and much, much more will be available all season long. You can get updates on your mobile device or computer via Twitter by following Johnson at twitter.com/KJatIU or via Facebook at facebook.com/IUTrackXC.



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