Jan. 28, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana track and field continued its run of producing a Big Ten Athlete of the Week in every meet this season. This week, Derek Drouin has claimed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season and the seventh of his career. Indiana has reeled in seven awards in four meets this season.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Drouin's competitive drive is what makes him successful.
"Derek Drouin is a great competitor," said Helmer. "Whether it is the high jump, the hurdles or the long jump, he goes for the win, and that is what makes him a special athlete. It is a special opportunity to have an Olympic medalist competing for our school, and he did not disappoint those who came out to watch him jump this weekend."
Drouin cleared 2.29m (7-6.25) to win the high jump on Friday, tying himself with Kansas State's Erik Kynard and Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss for the lead in Division I. The senior from Corunna, Ontario is tied for fourth in the world this indoor season. On Saturday, Drouin won the long jump with a best mark of 7.08m (23-2.75), and all six of his jumps were better than the second-place jumper. Drouin also took seventh in the men's 60m hurdle final with a time of 8.07.
The Hoosiers hit the road for the first time this season this weekend, competing at the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.