Drouin Breaks Records, Wins Third Penn Relays Title
April 27, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Indiana track and field closed action at the Penn Relays on Saturday. Derek Drouin broke a 37-year old facility record to win his third Penn Relays watch in the high jump. IU took second in the 4xMile Championship of America and got two other top-five finishes on the meet's final day.
In the 118-year history of the Penn Relays, no one has ever jumped higher in the high jump at the meet than Derek Drouin. His clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75) broke a 37-year old Franklin Field record that was held by two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world record holder Dwight Stones since 1976 and a 13-year old meet record held by collegiate jumping legend Mark Boswell. Drouin's jump ranks second in the world this season and is a new IU record, bettering his own mark.
He won the competition by more than five inches, as NCAA Indoor runner-up Marcus Jackson of Mississippi State took second, clearing 2.20m (7-2.5). Drouin took three unsuccessful attempts at 2.36m (7-8.75). Drouin wins his third Penn Relays title in three trips, becoming the sixth three-time Penn Relays high jump champion in the history of the meet, and only Sam Jones, who won from 1901 to 1904 for NYU, has ever won four times.
"The Penn Relays has a different feeling then any other meet," said Drouin. "It's not everyday that you get to jump in front of this many people, and this many track knowledgeable fans. I'm happy with my jump, but I would have at least like to get that next bar. Overall I am satisfied."
Indiana came up less than a second shy of its first College of America title since 1954, finishing second in the 4xMile Relay. Robby Nierman, Zach Mayhew, Adam Behnke and Andy Bayer clocked a time of 16:18.29, which ranks second in IU history. Bayer recorded the same split (4:03.2) as the winning anchor for Oregon, Mac Fleet, but was unable to beat him across he line, as the Ducks won in 16:17.57. Nierman had the race's fastest leadoff, handing the baton to Mayhew in 4:06.9. Mayhew kept the lead for IU, handing off in first place after a 4:02.7 split. Behnke was right with the lead group after his 4:05.5 split.
Richard Rouse, Jr., jumped 15.07m (49-5.5) for fourth in the men's college triple jump. That mark puts him seventh on the Big Ten list this season.
Nick Turner, Cornelius Strickland, Chris Vaughn and Nick Stoner took fifth in the men's 4x100m Championship of America, clocking a time of 41.04. The Hoosiers qualified for the Championship of America final in a sprint relay for the third consecutive year.
The Hoosiers conclude regular season action on Fri., May 3 when they host the Billy Hayes Invitational. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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