Jan. 9, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana track and field's Derek Drouin and Andy Bayer are both among the names released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on the initial Bowerman Watch List. Drouin is one of 10 names on the watch list, and Bayer is one of six others who received votes in the initial ballot from the selection committee. Indiana is the only school with two men mentioned in the release, and are two of only four men or women from the Big Ten to make the ballots.
The Bowerman is awarded each year to the top male collegiate athlete and to the top female collegiate athlete in the sport of NCAA track & field. "The Heisman Trophy of track and field," The Bowerman is named after legendary coach Bill Bowerman. The award takes into consideration the performances during the indoor and outdoor NCAA track and field seasons.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Drouin and Bayer are both very deserving of the recognition and are outstanding representations of Indiana University.
"This year our men will be led by two great athletes who have been named, rightfully so, as athletes to watch for the Bowerman Trophy race because of their outstanding 2012 performances," said Helmer. "It is very unusual to have two athletes from the same team given this consideration, and we and they do not take this for granted. The challenge going forward for Derek and Andy, plus our coaching staff, is to facilitate continued growth and improve on their remarkable careers. It only gets more difficult, but champions, such as these two, derive their motivation from being challenged at this level and in this manner. We continue to be very proud to be represented by these two outstanding young men."
Drouin of Corunna, Ont., is a three-time NCAA Champion and two-time NCAA runner-up in the high jump. He was recently named by Athletics Canada as the winner of both the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance of the year and the F.N.A. Rowell Trophy for outstanding athlete of the year in field events. The high jumper won bronze at the London Olympic Games last summer in a three-way tie, which was Canada's only track and field medal at the games. He became Indiana's 14th track and field Olympic medalist and the 88th for IU across all sports, and his medal was Canada's first track and field medal for a man since 1996 and the first in the high jump since 1976. Drouin has won five Big Ten titles, two Penn Relays titles and is a five time All-American. After winning the 2011 NCAA Indoor title, Drouin was named the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year.
Bayer of Leo, Ind., was the 2012 NCAA 1,500m Champion and has two NCAA runner-up finishes to go with a pair of third place finishes at NCAA meets. Bayer is an eight-time All-American, four-time Big Ten Champion and was the Big Ten Athlete of the Year indoors in 2012. Bayer closed out his 2012 campaign with a fourth-place finish as the only collegian in the 1,500m final at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and then followed that up with a gold medal for Team USA at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Guanijuato, Mexico. He is also a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, and has garnered Academic All-Big Ten, USTFCCCA All-Academic and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors.
The Hoosiers continue their season on January 12, 2013, when they host Purdue for a dual meet. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.