IU Ready For Big Ten Championships
May 10, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
With the Big Ten Championships on tap for this weekend, the postseason is in full swing for Indiana Track and Field. The meet begins with combined events competition on Fri., May 11. The meet continues on Saturday and Sunday, with the final event starting at 4:45 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will be on hand to prepare a tape-delayed broadcast which will air at Noon (ET) on Sunday, May 20.
The last time IU won a Big Ten outdoor team title was in 2001 for the women and in 1991 for the men. 1991 was also the last time and Indiana men's team won indoor and outdoor team titles in the same year. The Indiana men have won 12 outdoor Big Ten titles, and the women have won a pair (`00 & `01).
Four IU men enter the meet having already won Big Ten outdoor titles in individual events, and De'Sean Turner and Ben Hubers will defend their titles in the 3,000m steeplechase and 1,500m, respectively. Turner has won two consecutive steeplechase titles and will look to become just the second three-time Big Ten champ ever in the event (Randy Jackson of Wisconsin won in `78, `79 and `80). Derek Drouin, who sat out last outdoor season due to injury, won titles in 2009 and 2010, and Andrew Poore took the 5,000m title in 2010. Drouin will look to join Dennis Adama (`72, `73 and `74) as the only Hoosiers to win three outdoor Big Ten titles in the high jump.