FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Derek Drouin once again climbed to the top of the NCAA awards stand in the high jump. The senior won his fourth NCAA title, clearing a new Canadian national record. Andy Bayer took sixth and Zach Mayhew took eighth in the 3,000m for four more points, and Indiana's men scored 19 points to tie for ninth place, marking the fourth-straight top-10 finish for the IU men and the fifth-straight top-15 finish at the national indoor meet.
Drouin became the first ever three-time NCAA indoor high jump champion, clearing 2.35m (7-8.5) to set a new Canadian indoor record and tie the all-time record for his home country. The jump is the second-best ever by a collegiate, is the best by a collegiate since 1990 and is just two centimeters off the collegiate record held by Hollis Conway. Drouin cleared seven bars in the competition, all on first attempts, and was 2.5 inches better than the field. He bettered London Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State in the competition and broke Kynard's facility record at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Kynard took third at 2.29m (7-6). Mississippi State's Marcus Jackson was second, also clearing 2.29m. The field was one of the best in meet history, as the top seven all cleared 2.26m (7-5), which would have won the meet in 2012.
Drouin won his third title indoors and his fourth overall, becoming Indiana's second four-time NCAA champion, joining Bob Kennedy, who won two cross country titles, an indoor crown and an outdoor crown. Drouin added 10 points for the IU cause, and has now scored 56 points in his career at NCAA Championships, surpassing Jim Spivey for second-most in IU history. Drouin is now a four-time indoor All-American in the high jump and a six-time All-American in the event overall. He joins Andy Bayer, who on day one of the meet became IU's first ever four-time All-American in a single event, taking fourth on IU's distance medley relay.
Bayer took sixth in the 3,000m with a time of 7:51.51, taking All-America honors for the fourth time in the event, a feat he accomplished in the distance medley relay on day one to become IU's first ever four-time single event indoor All-American. Mayhew finished in 7:55.14 for eighth, finishing just .06 out of seventh. Mayhew will garner first team All-America honors for the first time on the track, matching his performance in cross country this fall. The Hoosiers scored four points in the event.
Kyla Buckley competed in the women's shot put and recorded three fouls to finish without a mark. She will garner second-team All-America honors as one of the top 16 in the country.
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