Feb. 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana's Derek Drouin is the Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and the Field Athlete of the Big Ten Championships. Drouin set a world record in the heptathlon high jump, and took the title in the open high jump as well. Drouin is now a four-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year (three indoors and one outdoors) and three-time Athlete of the Championships (two indoors and one outdoors).
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Drouin's competitive drive combined with his elite ability puts him on another level.
"Derek Drouin has shown time and again that he is an elite competitor," said Helmer, "and this weekend was no different. It was very impressive to break the Big Ten meet high jump record twice in two days. His will to prepare and compete is what make him one of the best in the world."
Drouin jumped 2.26m (7-5) for the high jump title, his third indoors and sixth overall in the event. The title is the 30th for IU all-time and the 16th indoors , and the Hoosiers have won five straight indoor crowns in the event. Drouin did not miss a bar in the competition until all competitors had finished, and only missed once at 2.34m (7-8) before calling it a day. Before the high jump began, Drouin finished third in the heptathlon, after jumping to a new all-time world best in the heptathlon high jump on the first day at 2.30m (7-6.5). Drouin finished with 5,817 points, crushing the Indiana all-time record by 378 points. He now ranks eighth nationally in the heptathlon. Drouin scored 16 team points for the IU cause in the two events.
The Hoosiers will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational next weekend at Notre Dame, taking one last chance at NCAA qualifying.. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.