BLOOMINGTON, Ind.The Indiana track and field teams will host its last meet of the season, the 26th annual Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 7. The first event, the womens hammer throw, is set to start at 4:00 p.m. and the last event, the mens 4x400m relay is slated for 8:20 p.m.
HISTORY OF THE BILLY HAYES INVITATIONAL This is the 26th 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 mens 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. The Hoosiers won their first NCAA title in 1932 and claimed three indoor and two outdoor conference titles.
HOW TO GET RESULTS For post-event results and recap, visit the official web site of Indiana athletics, iuhoosiers.com. Final results from each day will be posted upon completion of the days action.
HOOSIERS SPLIT WITH PURDUE;TITAN SERIES REMAINS TIED On Saturday, May 1, the Indiana track and field teams hosted arch-rival Purdue in a scored meet at the Robert Haugh Track and Field Complex. The mens team put together a stellar performance to outlast the Boilermakers, 108-76 , while the women fell to them, 94-92. With the spilt, the Titan Series remains tied at 8.5 apiece.
The Hoosiers received all-around good performances on the mens team with six individuals turning in personal bests. The sprinters that turned in personal bests were Trey Warfield in the 400m (49.36), Andre Grimes in the 100m (10.61), Kevin Kempf in the 400m Hurdles (53.74). The lone thrower was Wil Fleming in the hammer (60.61/198-10.00). Among the jumpers was Noah Shelton in the triple jump (13.52m/44-04.25) and Britain Jorgenson in the high jump (1.95m/6-02.75). On the womens team, 18 Hoosiers turned in personal bests.Freshmen sprinters Courtney Johnson and Stacey Clausing had excellent outings for the Hoosiers as each placed first in their respective events. Johnson won the 100m hurdles with a personal best time of 13:68, which was also a regional qualifying time. In addition, Johnson won the 400m hurdles with another personal best time of 1:03.77. Clausing placed first in the 200m and the 400 with times of 24.28 and 54.63 respectively. Clausings time in the 400m was a new personal best.
Also turning in personal bests was Christina Archibald in the high jump(1.69m/5-06.50), Julie Shields in the 1500m (4:46.56), Lorian Price in the 100m hurdles (14.28), Darcelle McCutcheon in the 100m hurdles (14.80), Michele Huber in the 400m (55.40) and 200m (26.41), Sara Gilleran in the high jump (1.57m/5-01.75), LaDonna Ray in the 800m (2:12.63), Jennifer Emley in the 800m (2:17.69), Christina Barniak in the 800m (2:18.05), Andrea Dalla Rosa in the hammer throw (47.60m/1556-02.00), Abbey Rinker in the hammer throw (42.91m/140-09.00, Jennifer Cobbina in the triple jump (11.77m/38-07.50), Jackie Taylor in the discus(46.04m/151-00.00) and Jenna Wienke in the discus (123-09.00). Distance runners Audrey Giesler and Kelly Siefker both ran PR's in the 3K with times of 9:40.57 and 9:49.99, respectively.
FOUR HOOSIERS ATTEMPT TO QUALIFY FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS With most of the IU track and field team at home prepping for the Purdue meet, four Hoosiers traveled out west to take part in the Cardinal Invitational at the Cobb Track & Angell Field in an attempt to qualify themselves for the Olympic Trials.
The team had two Hoosiers that likely succeeded in doing just that. Tom Burns, who ran unattached in the 3000-meter steeplechase finished 13th overall with a life-time best 8:42.45. This time keeps him fourth on IU all-time list behind Steve Kelly (8:42.2), Charles Marsala (8:38.02) and Tom Chorny (8:30.97). Burns missed the Olympic Trial B standard by .35 seconds however, still has a decent shot at getting into the trials with this time.
Joining him was Chris Powers, who competed in Section A of the 5000m and clocked in an unbelievable time of 13:48. 45. Powers shaved 12 seconds off his previous personal best (14:00.43) and this also puts him fourth on IUs all-time list behind Terry Brahm (13:38.04), Jim Spivey (13:33.47) and Bob Kennedy (13:22.17). Powers found himself in the same situation as Burns, just barely missing the Olympic B standard time by .45 seconds however, is still likely to get in the trials.
Sean Jefferson, the 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile competed in Section A of the 1500m and finished 11th overall with a time of 3:47.95.
Stephen Haas competed in Section B of the 5000m. Haas took the lead at 2000-meters, pressed and held the lead to 3200 meters, but then suffered a cramp. He went from about 1st to 20th in half a lap, wasnt able to shake the cramp off, and had to step off the track.
TWO HOOSIER FOOTBALL PLAYERS JOIN TRACK TEAM Courtney Roby and Herana-Daze Jones of the IU football team have both joined the track and field team. They will most likely compete in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100m relay at this weekends Billy Hayes Invitational.
Roby competed during the indoor track season in the 60-meter dash and posted a personal and team-best time of 6.90 at the Hoosier Hills Invite.
QUICK TO QUALIFY Twenty-one Hoosiers have already met the NCAA Regional Qualifying Standards in their respective events. Below is a list of athletes who already have their ticket punched to the NCAA Regional meet which is on May 28-29 at LSU.
WOMEN Ara Towns, 100m, 11.69
Kelly Siefker, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:26.84
Audrey Giesler, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:27.09
Audrey Giesler, 5000m, 16:44.88
Lauren Chesnut,Triple Jump 12.65m (41-06.00)
Andrea Dalla Rosa, Shot Put, 14.90m (140-06.00)
Kristin Whitezell, 3000m Steeplechase, 10:48.75
Jessica Gall, 5000m, 16:51.01
Courtney Johnson, 100m H, 13.68
Stacey Clausing, 200m, 23.80
Jennifer Cobbina, Long Jump, 6.00m (19-08.25)
MEN David Neville, 200m, 20.83
David Neville, 400m, 46.18
Rodney Hollis, 800m, 1:48.69
Sean Jefferson, 1500m, 3:40.90
Sean Jefferson, 5000m 14:18.35
Chris Powers, 5000m, 13:48.45
Aarik Wilson, Long Jump, 7.73m (25-04.50)
Aarik Wilson, Triple Jump, 16.85m (55-03.50)
Ryan Ketchum, Discus, 53.74m (176-04.00)
Ryan Ketchum, Shot Put, 18.51m (60-08.75)
Mike Minton, Shot Put, 17.30m(56-09.25)
Mike Minton, Discus, 51.59m (169-03.00)
Wil Fleming, Hammer Throw, 60.61m (198-10.00)
Stephen Haas, 1500m, 14:12.73
Jake Wiseman, Javelin, 62.24m (204-02.00)
Marcus Aguilar, 3000m Steeplechase, 9:05.71
**Tom Burns, 3000m Steeplechase, 8:42.45 (unattached)
MEN RANKED NATIONALLY According to Trackwires May 4 Top 25 poll, the Indiana mens team ranks 19th nationally. The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten Conference squads to appear in the poll. Ohio State leads the way at tied for fifth, Wisconsin is 16th, Minnesota is tied for 17th and Penn State is tied for 25th. Representing the womens teams from the Big Ten is Penn State who is tied for 24th.
JEFFERSON NABS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME Sophomore Sean Jefferson was named the Big Ten Mens Track and Field Co-Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 18. Jefferson shared the honor with Wisconsins Matt Tegenkamp.
The 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the mile, finished second in the 1,500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays to claim a share of this weeks league honors. Jefferson ran a personal-best time of 3:40.89, the second-fastest time in the nation this year, behind BYUs Nathan Robinson, who only bested Jefferson by .01 seconds, clocking in at 3:40.90.
Distance coach Robert Chapman said it is easy to tell that Jefferson is very strong right now.
"He was really able to shift gears smoothly and move from about sixth to first in the final 150 meters," said Chapman. "The scary thing is that we both can tell that there is more there. 3:40 may just be the tip of the iceberg.
While this is the first time Jefferson has received the leagues weekly honor for track and field, it marks the third time in his career he has been honored by the conference office.
He received his first Athlete-of-the-Week award during the cross-country season on Oct. 9, 2002 after his fifth place effort at the 20-team Indiana State Invitational helped the Hoosiers to a second place team finish.
He also received this honor again on Oct. 5, 2003 when he was first for Indiana and fifth overall in a career-best 24:01 for 8000m. This helped the No. 19 Hoosiers to a third place team finish at the Murray Keatinge Invitational.
WILSON NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Aarik Wilson earned Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 5. This is the second time Wilson has earned this honor as he was recognized back on March 31, 2003.
Wilson, the 2002 NCAA outdoor and 2003 NCAA indoor runner-up in the triple jump continued his dominance in the triple jump and long jump at the prestigious 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He posted NCAA Regional qualifying leaps en route to a first-place finish in the triple jump and a fourth-place finish in the long jump. The Fallon, Nev., product posted a new personal best in the triple jump with a leap of 16.85m/55-3.50. Entering the weekend, that would be the top mark in the nation . In the long jump, Wilson jumped 7.67m/25-02.00.
ALL-TIME PERFORMANCES After six outdoor meets, several Hoosiers have etched their name into IUs all-time record book. On the mens team, David Neville now sits fourth on the all-time list in the 200-meters (20.83) and fifth in the 400-meters (46.18), Rodney Hollis is eighth in the 800-meters (1:48.69), Chris Powers holds up fourth on the all-time list in the 5000-meters
(13: 48.45) and Ryan Ketchum is now fourth in the shot put (18.51m/60-08.75). In addition, Aarik Wilson also moved one spot closer to holding the school record in the triple jump, as he now sits at second on the all-time list with a leap of 16.85m (55-03.50). Wil Fleming tossed a mark of 60.61m (198-10.00) in the hammer throw at the Purdue meet, which puts him at third in the record books.
On the womens team, Kelly Siefker moved up to third on the all-time list in the 3000-meter steeplechase after she ran a 10:26.84 at this years Penn Relays.
Audrey Gielser still holds the school record in this event with a time of 10:14.19 in which she ran at the 2003 Outdoor Big Ten Championship meet. Giesler most recently posted the fifth-best time in school history in the 5000m with a time of 16:44.88 at the Indiana Relays.
In addition, Jessica Gall made her mark on the all-time list in the 5000m race with a time of 35:14.87, a time which puts her fifth on the all-time list.
FOR THE RECORD Wilson is right on track to break the school record in the triple jump this season. His leap of 16.85m (55-03.50), a personal best mark that Wilson jumped at the Texas Relays, is just behind the 16.87m (55-04.25) jumped by Olympian Robert Cannon in 1978 at the National Sports Fest.
NATIONAL CHAMPION IS ONE TO WATCH Sophomore Sean Jefferson put an exclamation point on the 2004 Indoor season by winning the national championship in the mile run with a time of 4:00.16. Jeffersons time not only marked a personal best and the fourth-best time in school history, but it was his second four-minute mile of the indoor season. He ran a 4:00.83 at the Indiana Invitational five weeks earlier.
On the womens side, junior Ara Towns figures to lead the way. A two-time Outdoor All-American and Outdoor Big Ten champion as part of Indianas 4x100 meter relay team, Towns is the Hoosiers top returning sprinter and was Indianas lone representative at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
UP NEXT The Hoosiers are back in action next weekend, May 14-16 when they take part in the 2004 Big Ten Mens and Womens Outdoor Track Championships. This years championships will be held in West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue. BIGTEN.org will feature complete coverage, including live updates, of this year's Championships.