Drouin Honored by Penn Relays, Big Ten
May 2, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Derek Drouin has reeled in two more honors in his historic 2013 campaign, as the Penn Relays named him Outstanding Men's Individual Event Athlete of the 2013 Penn Relay Carnival and the Big Ten has named him Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week for the sixth time this year, after Drouin broke the meet record to win the men's high jump. Drouin becomes Indiana's second athlete to garner the Penn Relays accolade, joining Robert Cannon, who took the honor in 1978 after taking the triple jump title.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Drouin has done a good job of dealing with the chaos that is the Penn Relays, and his show of poise in that environment demonstrates just how impressive of a performer the senior from Corunna, Ontario is.
"While the Penn Relays is one of the greatest track and field meets in the world and a great atmosphere in which to compete, it is not necessarily the best environment for a high jumper," said Helmer. "Not only is there a lot of distraction, but a jumper has to transition from a field turf surface onto a track surface before jumping. For Derek to eliminate those circumstances and jump to number two in the world is a very impressive feat. He has won three times in that environment in three trips and has shown the ability to compete at the highest level in whatever situation presents itself."
In the 119-year history of the Penn Relays, no one has ever jumped higher in the high jump at the meet than Derek Drouin. His clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75) broke a 37-year old Franklin Field record that was held by two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world record holder Dwight Stones since 1976 (was a world record at the time) and a 13-year old meet record held by collegiate jumping legend Mark Boswell.
Drouin's jump ranks second in the world this season and is a new IU and Big Ten record, bettering his own mark. He won the competition by more than five inches, as NCAA Indoor runner-up Marcus Jackson of Mississippi State took second, clearing 2.20m (7-2.5). Drouin won his third Penn Relays title in three trips, becoming the sixth three-time Penn Relays high jump champion in the history of the meet, and only Sam Jones, who won from 1901 to 1904 for NYU, has ever won four times. The Big Ten Field Athlete of the Week award is the 12th of Drouin's career and his sixth in 2013. He has earned the award six times indoors and six times outdoors in his career, including three indoors and three outdoors this year. Drouin's 12 awards are the most in IU history.
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