IU Track & Field Adds Four Olympians to Wall of Honor
Feb. 12, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University track & field alumni Rose Richmond (2004), David Neville (2008), Aarik Wilson (2008) and Derek Drouin (2012) have earned a special place in IU athletics history. The group of four, now join the previous 24 and have been added to the IU Track & Field Wall of Honor in Gladstein Fieldhouse.
The Wall of Honor commemorates Indiana track & field's now 28 Olympians and with two Olympic Medalists (Neville and Drouin) totals 14 Olympic Medalists.
Richmond ran track at Indiana from 2000-2003 and earned All-American honors and Big Ten champion status in 2000 and 2002 as part of IU's 4x100m relay team. Richmond was also a mainstay for the Hoosiers in the jumps and was the 2001 and 2002 outdoor long jump Big Ten champion. In the summer of 2004, Richmond became the second female Olympian in IU school history. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native competed in the long jump at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Wilson capped off his senior year at Indiana with two NCAA indoor titles after sweeping both the long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Championships and was a 10-time All-American. Wilson won the finals of the triple jump at the USATF Olympic Trials to earn a trip to Beijing in the 2008 games. Wilson recorded a jump of 17.43 meters (57-2.5) to set a new Hayward Field record in the trials at the University of Oregon.
Neville helped Team USA take gold in the 4X400-meter relay at the Beijing Games in 2008 and also took Bronze in the 400-meters as he dove across the finish line. He finished the 400-meters in 44.80 seconds to become the first Hoosiers to win an individual medal since 1960. Neville was a seven-time All-American in just three years at Indiana and won four Big Ten titles, and was the runner-up in the 400m dash at the 2006 NCAA Championships.
Drouin got his qualifying mark at the Big Ten Championships and proceeded to win the Canadian Olympic Trials to lock in his spot in London in 2012. Drouin finished in a three-way tie for third-place in the high jump, winning Canada's first track and field medal in London and the first in high jump since 1976. Drouin broke his own Canadian National Record in the high jump, clearing 2.38m (7-9.75) to take the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships as well. At Indiana Drouin became the first NCAA student-athlete to win five NCAA high jump titles and was a seven-time All-American and seven-time Big Ten Champion.
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