May 12, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -
Derek Drouin won the fifth Big Ten title of his career in the high jump on day two at the Big Ten Championships. Drouin tied the all-time Big Ten record and qualified for the London Olympics. The Hoosiers also got a second place finish out of Monique Riddick on the day. The Indiana men are in second after day one with 44 points, and the IU women are in 10th place with 10 points.
Drouin won his fifth Big Ten high jump title, and he did it with flair. Drouin cleared 2.31m (7-7) to tie the all-time Big Ten record, match the Olympic A standard and break the IU record. Drouin is now tied for the lead in his native Canada and is ranked third in the world this outdoor season. Drouin is second in Division I this season. Drouin wasn't alone though, as Darius King cleared 2.17m (7-1.5) for second place. King kept his sheet clean, making all of his jumps through 2.17m, taking second via tiebreakers. With his third Big Ten title outdoors in the high jump, Drouin joins Dennis Adama as the only Hoosiers to accomplish the feat, and his five titles (two indoors) in the high jump are second only to Adama in IU history. He is one of only 11 athletes in IU history to win five or more titles in the single event.
Monique Riddick took second in the women's shot put, recording a heave of 16.25m (53-3.75). Riddick was more than nine inches better than the third-place finisher. The senior from Edison, N.J., has medaled at every Big Ten meet in her two years at Indiana.
In the 3,000m steeplechase, Indiana's men took third, fourth, sixth and seventh. Andrew Poore clocked a time of 8:35.77 for third and De'Sean Turner was fourth in 8:36.39. Adrien Dannemiller was sixth in 8:40.42 and Andy Weatherford was seventh in 8:44.72. Poore, Turner and Dannemiller move to second, third and fifth respectively on the all-time IU list.
Courtney Woodard took seventh in the women's heptathlon, recording a score of 5,187 points. The score is an improvement of 804, which puts her sixth in the all-time IU record books. After recording three PRs on day one, Woodard added 40-centimeters to her career mark in the javelin en route to her new career-best point total. Ann-Marie Clarke took 10th with a point total of 5,006. Clarke's score moves her into seventh in IU history.
Indiana advanced to Sunday finals as well. The Indiana men advanced XXXXXX to Sunday finals, including Kind Butler in the 200, the men's 4x100m relay and Chris Vaughn in the 400 meters, all running the fastest times in the prelims. In the 4x100m relay, Butler ran 20.45 in the prelims, Tyler Sult, Butler, Vaughn and Nick Stoner clocked a time of 39.60 to advance and Vaughn's time of 46.18 ranks sixth in IU history. Butler also ran a season best time of 10.36 to advance to the 100-meter final..
IU got three men and three women through to Sunday finals in the 1,500 meters. Andy Bayer, Robby Nierman and Danny Stockberger will run in the men's final and Kelsey Duersken and Arianne Raby will run in the women's race. Jordan Gray advanced to the women's 800m final.
The Big Ten Championships conclude on Sunday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.