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Many Hoosiers compete for spots on their national teams



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IU sophomore Derek Drouin competes in the high jump event at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Drouin cleared 2.28 meters to earn the national title. IDS File Photo Buy Photos

Two more Hoosier alumni punched their tickets to Rio, while other former Hoosier athletes fell just short of qualifying.

Recent IU graduate Kelsie Ahbe qualified for the Olympics for the first time in her career in the pole vault.

Ahbe will be the second Hoosier on the Canadian National team, joining Derek Drouin who qualified for his second Olympics in the high jump.

Ahbe finished third at the Canadian Championships in the pole vault Sunday. She was a two-time All-American during her time at IU.

Olu Olamigoke will represent Nigeria in the Olympics in the triple jump. This is Olamigoke’s first time going to the Olympics. He was a 2012 graduate from IU and was a two-time All-American in the triple jump.

Two former Hoosiers narrowly missed out on spots on Team USA by one place.

Molly Ludlow finished fourth in the 800-meter final by 0.04 seconds.

Andy Bayer also finished fourth in the men’s steeplechase after two runners burst ahead of him in the final 100 meters of the race.

Monique Riddick failed to qualify for the shot put final after falling to 13th place on the last throw of the preliminary round. Current assistant coach Cory Martin also competed in the shot put and finished 14th.

Sarah Pease just missed the final cut of the women’s steeplechase after she finished 15th with a time of 9:46.83. Kind Butler ran in the 400-meter dash and finished 19th with a time of 46.10. Rex Parker finished 24th in the triple jump.

Jeff Coover finished 10th overall in the pole vault, after qualifying for the finals by clearing the mark of 5.50 meters. Scott Houston also made the finals, but scratched. Finishing 17th in the pole vault, Drew Voz cleared 5.40 meters.

Vera Schmitz finished 18th in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.35 meters.

At the Canadian Championships, Emma Kimoto finished sixth in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.75 meters.

Rising junior Paul Galas finished sixth in the men’s high jump.

Andrew Hussey

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