Andy Bayer became just the third runner in Big Ten history to win titles in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters at the conference championship meet, joining former Indiana stars Bob Kennedy and Jim Spivey. Emma Kimoto also won the women’s high jump. Derek Drouin won the men’s high jump on Saturday to give Indiana four individual Big Ten titles.
The full Indiana release follows.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana track and field got titles 1,500m and 5,000m double from Andy Bayer on the final day of the Big Ten meet, winning three conference titles on the day for a total of four in the meet. Bayer won the 1,500m and 5,000m titles, the first such double in 21 years, and Emma Kimoto won the women’s high jump, adding the outdoor title to the indoor crown she won in March. The Indiana men finished with 67.5 points for seventh place and the IU women took 10th with 38 points.
Bayer defended his 1,500m title, leading from wire-to-wire for a 1.15 second win, clocking a time of 3:44.24. Bayer’s win is Indiana’s 14th in the event. He then won the 5,000m title two hours later, outkicking 2011 Big Ten 5K champion Reed Connor of Wisconsin for the win in 13:54.90. Bayer becomes the third Big Ten athlete to ever win the 1,500/5,000 double, joining former Hoosiers Bob Kennedy (90, 91, 92) and Jim Spivey (81, 82). Bayer, Kennedy and Spivey are also the only Hoosiers to win consecutive 1,500m Big Ten titles. Bayer finishes his career with six Big Ten titles, joining teammate Derek Drouin as one of 22 Hoosiers all-time to win six or more conference crowns. Bayer scored 20 points in the meet. Indiana has won three straight Big Ten titles in the 1,500m, as Ben Hubers took the crown in 2011.
Kimoto won the high jump, winning IU’s fourth title in the event. She cleared 1.77m (5-9.75) for the win on a cold and windy day. She was the only jumper to clear 5-9.75 and won by 1.25 inches. She joins former teammate Ashley Rhoades as a two-time Big Ten high jump champion. Since arriving at Indiana in 2008, associate head coach Jeff Huntoon’s high jumpers have won 12 Big Ten titles.
Bayer was joined in the scoring column in the 5,000m by Zach Mayhew, who took third in 14:09.15. He also took second in the 10,000m on Friday, bringing his points scored total to 14 in the meet. In the 1,500m, IU got two points from Adam Behnke, who took seventh with a time of 3:50.03.
Scott Houston tied for fifth in the pole vault, clearing 5.06m (16-7.25). Houston added four points toward the IU cause.
Taja Moore took sixth in the discus, launching a throw of 49.39m (162-0). She scored three points for the Hoosiers.
Kelsey Duerksen scored three points, taking two points in the 1,500m and one in the 5,000m. Duerksen ran 4:27.02 for seventh and then ran 16:23.35, passing two runners on the last lap for eighth.
Cornelius Strickland scored a point with a time of 21.91 in the 200m for eighth, and then ran with Nathan Pierre Louis, Chris Vaughn and Cortland Etgen on Indiana’s 4x400m relay, where the Hoosiers ran 3:15.51 for seventh.
Next up for the Hoosiers is the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C. on May 23-25. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.