Invitational is First Meet on Resurfaced Track
May 5, 2010
The Billy Hayes Invitational will be the last meet of the regular season for IU and the first meet on the newly resurfaced Billy Hayes Track. The Hoosiers will get this one chance to test out the track before it hosts the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 14-16. The new Polytan surface is the first of its kind in the western hemisphere and is made from the same materials as the track that hosted the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. The meet will begin at 3 p.m. ET and feature athletes from throughout the midwest.
Despite a two-hour lightning delay, the one-day meet left a big foot-print on the national level last season as several athletes finished the meet with outstanding marks. Molly Beckwith and Tiffany Howard both posted USA Track and Field `A' Qualifying marks, and Kylie Hutson of Indiana State and Vera Neuenswander of IU broke the facility record in the pole vault (the pole vault and high jump were moved indoors). The Hoosiers also got regional qualifying performances from Derek Drouin, Paul Fearnow, Wil Glover, Andy Bayer and Ashley Rhoades.
The meet will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for Billy Hayes Track. The ceremony will take place at approx. 6 p.m. ET.
LAST TIME OUT
The men's 4x100m relay team of Chris Vaughn, Will Glover, Devin Pipkin and Kind Butler finished in 40.58 seconds for second place. The time is the third-best in the Big Ten thus far in the outdoor season.
Ashley Rhoades was second among collegiates in the high jump, clearing 1.75m (5-8.75). Rex Parker was third in the triple jump with a leap of 14.98m (49-1.75). The jump is the fifth best in the Big Ten this season.
Engel was the second collegiate finisher in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 10:37.91 for the fourth-fastest time in school history. Breanne Ehrman was fifth with a time of 10:40.95, which is less than a half second off her career and season mark.
Jeff Coover took second in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.05m (16-6.75) despite brisk and swirling winds. The height is a personal best for Coover from a short run. Kelsie Ahbe tied for third in the women's pole vault. Her clearance of 3.85m (12-7.5) was good for a seven-way tie for third.
HELMER TO SPEAK AT INDIANA RUNNING COMPANY
WEEKLY HONOR TOTAL UP TO EIGHT
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Pease and Drouin each stepped up on a larger stage and put forth performances worthy of these honors.
"At a meet like the Penn Relays, student-athletes are dealing with the nerves and distractions that come with being in front of a much larger audience," Helmer said. "These two were able to step up and perform well in that environment."
Drouin cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the Penn Relay crown. He was 2.25 inches better than the rest of the field and matched his season mark. Drouin was able to clear bars on his first attempts despite a raucous and distracting crowd. Drouin is the second IU high jumper to win the Penn crown, joining Cal Boyd, who won in 1954 with a clearance of 6-7.
Pease won the 3,000m steeplechase championship with a time of 10:16.51. She was nearly two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Pease's Penn Relays title is the first by a Hoosier since 2006. Pease's time is the sixth fastest in Penn Relays history. She is the first Hoosier to win the event at the Penn Relays and just the second Big Ten athlete to win the steeplechase at the meet.
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 fifth-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 was 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 fifth in Division I and seventh 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. 14 on the national list. Following Pease in was senior Wendi Robinson in 15th, posting the 17th 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.
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 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.
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 was the sixth-fastest in IU history. 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.
Breanne Ehrman posted a time of 10:44.65 for fifth in the IU record books and Samantha Ginther moved into sixth. Kelsey Duerksen moved into seventh in the record books as well. At the ISU Quadrangular, Caitlin Engel moved past Ehrman and Ginther for the fourth spot in the records. Ehrman jumped Engel once again with a time of 10:40.46 at the Penn Relays for fourth. Engel reclaimed the fourth spot at the Jesse Owens Classic with a time of 10:37.91.
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.
Not to be outdone by the women, the men have made their mark in the steeple this season as well. At the ISU Quadrangular, De'Sean Turner clocked a time of 8:48.28 for the win in the 3,000m steeplechase. The time is .02 seconds better than the 30-year-old track record and moves him into seventh on the national list. Turner moves to fifth all-time in the Indiana record books with a seven second improvement on his career mark. Andrew Poore is also among the top 50 in Division I, coming in at 46 with a time of 9:00.94.
THE AIR UP THERE
Senior Ashley Rhoades won the high jump at the ISU Quadrangular, clearing 1.81m (5-11.25). Rhoades bettered the facility record by a centimeter and was 4.25 inches better than the rest of the field. The clearance ties her career best outdoors and puts her among the nation's top 12 this season.
HAVE FAITH IN THE HOOSIERS
Sherrill followed up her Penn Relays performance by moving into second all-time at IU in the hammer throw at the Jesse Owens Classic. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native recorded a heave of 54.37m (178-4) which is just one centimeter shy of the IU record.
KEEPING WITH TRADITION
Coover won the pole vault with a clearance of 5.35m (17-6.5) at the Alabama Relays. He was a foot and nearly six inches better than his closest competitor. His clearance is just a centimeter off his outdoor career best. His jump is good for the 12th spot on the national list. Coover is tops in the Big Ten this season.
Ahbe joined the four-meter club for second in the college section of the pole vault at the Penn Relays. Ahbe was one of only two vaulters to clear 4.06m (13-3.75) on the day and finished second after tie breakers. Ahbe is the third Hoosier ever to clear four meters and the third to clear 13 feet. Her jump is the third highest in IU lore. The clearance is 2.25 inches better than the previous meet record for the college section. Ahbe's clearance is among the nation's top 35 this season and is fifth in the Big Ten.
BACK IN CRIMSON
Faith Sherrill redshirted during indoor and outdoor last season after a breakout campaign in 2008. Sherill will look to pick up where she left off, as she advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2008.
Indiana's distance corps on the men's side took a hit in 2009, as six of the IU runners redshirted at least one season. Highlighting that group were redshirt freshmen Andy Bayer, Zach Mayhew and Nate Morrow and redshirt sophomores Andy Weatherford, Ben Hubers and Cole Hardacre. Bayer redshirted the indoor campaign and the three sophomores redshirted outdoors. The group helped lead Indiana to a successful cross country season that saw them enter the national rankings.
After an indoor campaign where he earned All-America honors and a Big Ten pole vault crown, Jeff Coover sat out the outdoor season to train. Coover finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2009.
IU's best threat in the 400 to 600m races sat out the 2009 campaign to get stronger as well. Senior Martin Stephen II will return in 2010 after doing heavier mileage training this summer and fall. Stephen will look to bolster an improved sprints group for the Hoosiers this season.
IU LOOKS TO THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
The 2010 roster features six Canadian-born student-athletes. The Canucks are led by returning All-Americans Drouin and Ben Hubers as well as redshirt freshman Daniel Novia. New to the IU squad are freshmen Shona Dunkley, Arianne Raby and Emma Kimoto.
Drouin, the pride of Corunna, Ontario, took second at the NCAA Indoor meet, won the Big Ten outdoor meet and the NCAA regional. He also posted wins at the Drake Relays and the Junior Pan-Am games. His clearance of 2.27m (7-5.25) at the Pan-Am games is the IU outdoor record.
Hubers, who was born in Canada before his family moved to Georgia, earned All-America honors as a member of the IU distance medley relay team. Hubers ran the 3,200m leg on the seventh-place team at NCAAs. The Hoosiers advanced in the DMR because of an automatic qualifying time of 9:31.81 at the Alex Wilson Invite. The time is the second-fastest in school history.
Novia redshirted in 2009. The Mississauga, Ontario native finished second at the Canadian Jr. Championships in the shot put.
Dunkley, from Pickering, Ontario, was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles at the 2009 Canadian Jr. Championships. Kimoto was the high jump champion in British Columbia and finished fifth at the 2009 junior nationals.
Raby, from Repentigny, Quebec, was a provincial medalist in cross country and has placed as high as second in the 800m at the Francophone Games. Raby ran cross country for IU this fall and was in the top seven at the NCAA Championships for the Hoosiers.
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