Indiana Qualifies 11 for NCAA Track & Field Championships

From Indiana sports info:

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Indiana track and field advanced four more athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on the final day of the East Preliminary Round, bringing the team’s travel party to 11 for June 5-8. Andy Bayer was second in the 1,500m to extend the defense of his national title, Kyla Buckley threw her way into the NCAA meet in the shot put, and Derek Drouin and Darius King advanced in the high jump.

Bayer led from the start and took second in the first heat in 3:40.43, leading the top 10 finishers in his heat to times faster than the winner of the other heat. Bayer won the NCAA 1,500m title a year ago.  Bayer’s time is the second fastest of his career in a pacer-free race. Adam Behnke took 10th in the same heat in 3:47.38, and his time, despite being the 10th fastest overall, got him a 15th place finish.


Buckley punched her ticket with a 16.00m (52-6) on her first throw, which held up for eighth place. Buckley returns to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she took ninth in 2012, and qualifies for her third straight national meet, as she competed at NCAAs during the indoor season.


Drouin cleared three bars without a miss to advance with a mark of 2.17m (7-1.5), one of only seven to clear 2.17m and one of only three jumpers with a clean score sheet. King cleared 2.14m (7-0.25) to tie for 11th, taking his spot in the national meet.


Kelsey Duerksen narrowly missed a trip to the NCAA Championships, taking 13th place in 4:18.00. Her time was faster than all but the winner of the second heat, meaning she ran faster than four NCAA Qualifiers. Her time ranks second in IU history.


Erica Ridderman ran 16:49.32 in the 5,000m for 34th place.


NCAA Qualifiers

Taja Moore – Discus (Thursday)

Scott Houston – Pole Vault (Thursday)

Zach Mayhew – 10,000m (Thursday)

Sophie Gutermuth – Pole Vault (Friday)

Emma Kimoto – High Jump (Friday)

Josh Roche – 3,000m Steeplechase (Friday)

Robby Nierman – 3,000m Steeplechase (Friday)

Andy Bayer – 1,500m

Kyla Buckley – Shot Put

Derek Drouin – High Jump

Darius King – High Jump


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