Drouin is First Ever Five-Time NCAA High Jump Champ
June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - On day three of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Indiana track and field got its 26th NCAA individual title in outdoor track and field, as Derek Drouin won the fifth NCAA crown of his career in the high jump. The senior is Indiana's first five-time NCAA champion and the first in NCAA history to win five times in the high jump. Indiana's men are in 17th with 13 events scored with Drouin's 10 points, and the Indiana women are tied for 38th through 13 events with Taja Moore's two points from Thursday.
Drouin cleared 2.34m (7-8) to win the fifth NCAA title of his career in the high jump. The senior missed on his first attempt at 2.31m (7-7), falling behind two-time defending champion Erik Kynard of Kansas State and passed to the next height, where he cleared on his second and final attempt. Three misses by Kynard gave Drouin the title. Drouin took three jumps at 2.39m (7-10), which would have broken the all-time collegiate record, missing on all three. Drouin's title is the 26th in school history outdoors, and his second outdoors to go along with three indoors.
The result is a flip of the 2012 championships, when Kynard won with a jump of 2.34m (7-8) and Drouin took second at 2.31m (7-7). Drouin adds 10 team points for the Hoosiers, moving his career NCAA scoring total to 66 points, which is just four behind IU's all-time leader Aarik Wilson.
Darius King cleared 2.10m (6-10.75) on his first attempt to finish 17th in the high jump, which is one spot shy of second team All-America laurels.
Junior Robby Nierman ran 8:58.18 for 12th in the 3,000m steeplechase final, and freshman Sophie Gutermuth was unable to clear a height in the women's pole vault. Nierman will earn second team All-America honors.
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