Drouin, Beckwith, Neville Winners on Final Day at Penn
April 28, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Indiana track and field had a good day to close out the Penn Relays, with Derek Drouin winning the high jump title and alumni Molly Beckwith and David Neville both claiming Penn Relays watches in Olympic Development competition. Beckwith took the win in the Olympic Development Women's Mile by 3.4 seconds, and David Neville took the win in the USA vs. the World Men's Distance Medley as the 400-meter leg for USA Blue.
Drouin wins his second Penn Relays title in the high jump, as he won in 2010. The junior cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the win, the same height it took to win two years ago. Drouin wins Indiana's fourth Penn Relays title in the event, with his two being joined by Cal Boyd (1954) and John Lynn Miller (1908). Drouin and Montez Blair of Cornell each cleared 2.22m, with Drouin winning with fewer misses in the competition. An improvement of two centimeters on his season best, Drouin moves into a tie for seventh nationally on the season.
Beckwith won the women's Olympic Development Mile in 4:36.71, which was 3.39 seconds better than the second-place runner. Beckwith took the lead with 300 meters to go and left the field in her dust.
Neville ran 46.7 on the 400-meter leg of the USA vs. the World Distance Medley Relay. His USA Blue squad won in 9:19.31, bettering USA Red by .57. The win was part of a 6-0 sweep for the United States in the USA vs. the World events at this year's Penn Relays.
Kind Butler took third in the men's 100m dash championship race, clocking a time of 10.50. Butler qualified for the final for the second-consecutive season.
In the men's 4xMile Championship of America, IU took third in 16:18.20. Andy Bayer clocked the fastest split in the entire race, 3:58.2, on the anchor for the Hoosiers.
Olumide Olamigoke and Rex Parker took fourth and fifth in the championship section of the men's triple jump. Olamigoke jumped 15.64m (51-3.75), tying his outdoor career mark for fourth, and Parker recorded a career best hop, skip and jump of 15.45m (50-8.25). Olamigoke's jump is the seventh-best in IU history and Parker added five centimeters to his career mark.
In the women's 4x800-meter relay Championship of America, Breanne Ehrman, Jordan Gray, Arianne Raby and Ruth Christopher clocked a time of 8:44.04 for fifth place. Jordan Gray had the best split for IU, clocking a time of 2:09.1.
Butler also ran the second leg on Indiana's 4x200 meter relay, clocking a time of 1:24.36 for sixth place in the Championship of America. The Hoosiers squad of Tyler Sult, Butler, Chris Vaughn and Nick Stoner qualified IU for the finals in the event for the second-straight season.
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