March 11, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Entering the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, no Hoosier had ever earned All-America honors four times in the same event indoors. After the weekend, the feat has been accomplished three times. Andy Bayer garnered his fourth All-America honors in both the distance medley relay and the 3,000m, and Derek Drouin became a four-time All-American in the high jump after winning his third NCAA indoor title. Drouin and Bayer accounted for three of the eight All-America certificates earned by Hoosiers in the 2013 indoor season. The distance medley relay of Bayer, Rorey Hunter, Nathan Pierre-Louis and Lance Roller, Bayer and Zach Mayhew in the 3,000m and Drouin in the high jump all earned first team All-America honors, and Kyla Buckley garnered honorable mention accolades in the shot put.
With the eight new honorees, Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer has coached athletes to All-America honors 403 times in his career.
Drouin became the first ever three-time NCAA indoor high jump champion, clearing 2.35m (7-8.5) to set a new Canadian indoor record and tie the all-time record for his home country. The jump is the second-best ever by a collegiate, is the best by a collegiate since 1990 and is just two centimeters off the collegiate record held by Hollis Conway. He joins Bayer, who on day one of the meet became IU's first ever four-time All-American in a single event, taking fourth on IU's distance medley relay. Indiana has now had a top-two finisher in the high jump in five consecutive seasons
Bayer's anchor leg on the DMR was 1.87 seconds faster than any other team's, but the deficit was a bit too much to make up as IU finished fourth in 9:34.30, the ninth-best time in IU history. Bayer ran the 1,600m leg in 3:58.86, the only sub-four split out of the 12 teams in the race. Indiana has now posted an All-America finish in the distance medley relay in five straight seasons, and Bayer has anchored the last four, becoming Indiana's first four-time indoor All-American in any single event, a feat that he and Drouin matched on the meet's second day. The Hoosiers finished just .30 out of second place and .09 out of third. The Hoosiers got a 2:57.02 split from Hunter on the leadoff leg, a 48.03 400m split from Pierre-Louis and a collision in the exchange zone slowed Roller to 1:50.41 on the 800m leg. Bayer got the baton in ninth place.
Bayer took sixth in the 3,000m with a time of 7:51.51, taking All-America honors for the fourth time in the event. Mayhew finished in 7:55.14 for eighth, finishing just .06 out of seventh. Mayhew garners first team All-America honors for the first time in his career on the track, matching his performance in cross country this fall.
Buckley competed in the women's shot put and recorded three fouls to finish without a mark. She garners honorable mention All-America honors as one of the top 16 in the country.
Indiana opens the outdoor season at the Alabama Relays on March 22-23. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.