Drouin, Kimoto Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors
April 24, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Emma Kimoto and Derek Drouin both posted IU records in the high jump at the Polytan Invitational, and they have both garned Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week honors for their efforts, the conference announced. Kimoto became Indiana's first female to clear six feet outdoors, and Drouin matched the school record he set a year ago, this time at home, breaking the Robert C. Haugh Complex record.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said his team produced several big time performances at the Polytan Invitational, and Drouin and Kimoto were among those because they took advantage of an opportunity to perform.
"We decided to stay home and host a meet instead of traveling in search of big marks this past weekend," said Helmer, "and I was very pleased with how our team responded. Derek and Emma were two out of several on our team who took the opportunity to compete and made the best of it. Both of them jumped lifetime bests and school records."
Drouin won the high jump at the Polytan Invitational, clearing 2.31m (7-7), adding a centimeter to his season best, which ranks second in the world this season. Drouin was one of only three competitors in the event and won by more than 10 inches. Drouin's clearance broke the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex record in the high jump, which was set by Ivan Wagner in 1997 as he won the NCAA Championships hosted by IU that season. This is Drouin's 11th Big Ten Athlete of the Week award (six indoor, five outdoor) and his fifth in 2013.
Kimoto took the Big Ten lead with her school record clearance of 1.83m (6-0). Kimoto won by six inches. She is tied for ninth in Division I this season. This is Kimoto's third Big Ten Athlete of the Week award and her second indoors.
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