Women's Track

    IU Looking to Win at Penn

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Cedric Hudson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Cedric Hudson
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 26, 2011

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    Track and field fans from around the world travel to Philadelphia every April to see the world's elite compete at the Penn Relay Carnival. The meet, hosted at historic Franklin Field annually attracts more than 100,000 fans and provides some of the most exciting relays in the world. The Hoosiers head to the meet for the second-straight season.

    In its 117th year, Indiana has played a big role in the meet throughout the years. Four spots on the Penn Relays' Wall of Fame belong to Hoosiers and Greg Bell and Robert Cannon each earned Athlete of the Meet honors. The Hoosiers have won 13 relay championships all-time but look to end a 57-year drought this weekend. Last year, the Hoosiers got wins from Sarah Pease in the steeplechase and Derek Drouin in the high jump. Pease ran the fourth-fastest steeple time in the history of the meet for the win. She'll look to become just the second female steepler ever to repeat as Penn Relays champ in the event

    Indiana track and field won 15 at the Polytan Invitational, despite dealing with weather delays throughout the meet. The Hoosiers dominated the meet, showing off its might in the throws, sprints and distance races.

    Kristen Crawford won the hammer throw, with a lifetime best of better than a meter, a bomb that traveled 55.20m (181-1). Tommy Smith took the men's shot put and the hammer throw with career-best heaves of 16.65m (54-7.5) and 59.05m (193-9). Faith Sherrill won the women's shot put with a throw of 17.40m (57-1) and Monique Riddick finished second with a throw of 16.12m (52-10.75). Sherrill also won the discus, launching a throw of 48.05m (157-8). Emma Kimoto won the women's high jump, clearing 1.67m (5-5.75).

    Aireonna Bailey posted an incredible finish in the 100m. She moved from third to first in the final five meters for the win, clocking a time of 11.93 seconds. Bailey then helped the Hoosiers to a win in the 4x400m relay. The Hoosiers won with a time of 3:40.49.

    Chris Vaughn won the 400m dash in 47.14 seconds, a career-best time which ranks in the top six in the Big Ten this season. Kind Butler won the 200 meters, clocking a time of 21.24 seconds.

    The Hoosiers won the 4x100m relay, with Tyler Sult, Kind Butler, Chris Vaughn and Devin Pipkin finishing in 40.16 seconds. The time was more than a second-better than the other five teams, and it is ranked sixth all-time at Indiana. Ann-Marie Clarke won the 400m hurdles, clocking a time of 1:00.29 to win by more than a seconds.

    Breanne Ehrman won the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:19.10, and Erica Ridderman was second in 10:43.15. The times are the fourth- and sixth-fastest times in IU lore respectively. Sarah Pease was the top collegiate in the women's 5,000m. She finished in 16:31.68, behind only professional runner Mason Cathey.

    Ben Hubers took the 1,500m race in 3:48.02. He was followed in by unattached runner Joe Holahan (3:50.24) and teammates Zach Mayhew (3rd, 3:50.45) and Andy Weatherford (4th, 3:52.12). The men's 800 went to De'Sean Turner in 1:50.50. Danny Stockberger took second in 1:51.71

    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 25th 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 25th 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. Ahbe is 17th on the NCAA descending order list.

    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 fourth 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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