Jan. 25, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana Relays served as Derek Drouin's season debut in the high jump and he did not disappoint, clearing 7' 6.25" to tie himself for the best mark in collegiate high jump. The first day of the meet also produced three sub-four minute miles by Indiana alums.
Drouin cleared 2.29m (7-6.25) to win the high jump, tying himself with Kansas State's Erik Kynard and Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss for the lead in Division I. The senior from Corunna, Ontario is tied for fourth in the world this indoor season. Drouin also took sixth in the prelims of the 60m hurdles, advancing to Saturday's semifinals with a time of 8.11 seconds. Drouin will be joined by Zach Bray in the semis on Saturday.
The men's mile invitational proved to be the race of the night, as IU alums Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Ben Hubers all broke the four-minute barrier. Poore, competing for adidas, won in 3:58.85 to become the seventh person born in the State of Indiana to run a sub-four mile, joining Turner (Team Indiana Elite), whose time of 3:59.17 is his second trip under four-minutes. Hubers ran 3:59.83 to break four for the first time in his career. Indiana's Zach Mayhew was sixth in 4:00.85, putting himself second on the Division I list this season and 10th on the all-time IU list.
The women's mile invite was won by Kelsey Duerksen in 4:41.61, the sixth-fastest time in IU history. Her time is fifth-best in DI this season and is just .15 off the Big Ten lead. Arianne Raby was fourth in 4:45.06 to move into eighth on the all-time IU list.
Nick Stoner ran 6.85 in his season debut to take third in the prelims of the 60m dash. He and Cornelius Strickland (6.97) will run in the semifinals on Saturday. Stoner's time is just .03 out of the top three in the Big Ten this season, and ranks 10th in IU history.
Courtney Woodard ran 8.76 in the 60m hurdles for sixth in the prelims. She and Shona Dunkley will run in the semis on Saturday.
Sarah Maxson won the women's open high jump, clearing 1.68m (5-6). Ashley Seymour took second in the women's open 600m in 1:35.99, and Samantha Gwin was fifth in the invite section in 1:33.35. Lance Roller was third in the men's invite 600 in 1:18.99.
The Hoosiers wrap up action at the Indiana Relays on Saturday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.