Billy Hayes Up Next
The Indiana track and field teams will host its last regular-season home meet, the 27th annual Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 6. The first event, the women's hammer throw, is set to start at 4:00 p.m. and the last event, the men's 4x400m relay is slated for 8:20 p.m.
HISTORY OF THE BILLY HAYES INVITATIONAL
This is the 27th annual Billy Hayes Invitational, dating back to 1979. From 1925-1943, Earle C. Hayes contributed to the world of running throughout his career as the head coach of the Indiana men's track and field and cross country teams. Hayes coached 10 NCAA champions, 42 All-Americans and five Big Ten champions in indoor and outdoor track and field combined.
NCAA MIDEAST REGIONALS COME TO BLOOMINGTON
Indiana University's E.C. "Billy" Hayes Track at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Track and Field Championships on May 27-28.
The NCAA Mideast Regionals, which have only been in effect for two years, come to Bloomington after being held at LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in 2004 and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, in 2003.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams in regional competition will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Athletes can qualify for regional competition by obtaining marks that are above the standard, but can also qualify by winning their conference championship in either an individual or relay event. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
The Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex at E.C. Billy Hayes Track is regarded as one of the country's finest outdoor facilities. In the spring of 2004, new lights were installed at the facility, in addition to 3,000 temporary seats. This puts the overall seating capacity at 6,200.
IU has hosted several outdoor track and field championships, including the 1997 NCAA Championships, the 2001 Big Ten Championships and the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships.
Director of Indiana track and field Randy Heisler, was very pleased to hear that IU will host the 2005 NCAA Mideast Regionals.
"This is great for the program," Heisler said. "We are excited to host such a big meet and it will certainly be a good opportunity for our athletes at that level to compete on their home track."