Drouin Garners Third Weekly Big Ten Honor of Season
Feb. 11, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field's Derek Drouin produced the fourth-highest jump in the world this season at the Hoosier Hills. For his efforts, Drouin has claimed Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season and the eighth time in his career. Indiana has reeled in eight awards in six 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 showed this weekend why he is one of the top athletes in the country," said Helmer. "He takes every opportunity that he gets to compete and puts forth an outstanding effort, which combined with his talent produces stellar results. He was able to break our facility record in his final home meet, bettering a mark that stood for 25 years."
Drouin cleared 2.32m (7-7.25) for the win in the high jump, taking over sole possession of the lead in Division I this season and putting himself fourth on the world list. He leads the nation by 1.25 inches and the conference by two inches this season. In his final meet as a Hoosier in Gladstein Fieldhouse, Drouin broke a 25-year old facility record, held by Mark Reed at 2.31m (7-7).
Drouin's clearance marks the first time he has cleared a height greater than 7-7 since injuring his foot on March 26, 2011, and is higher than he jumped en route to his Olympic Bronze medal in London. With the clearance, Drouin now owns two of the 10 best indoor jumps in collegiate history, a feat matched by only two other jumpers in history.
The Hoosiers return to action in two weeks at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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