Drouin Named Regional Athlete of the Year
June 3, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Derek Drouin is the USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Year for the Great Lakes Region. Drouin earns the award for the seventh time in his career, out of eight seasons. Indiana has won the award in eight of the last 10 seasons (indoor and outdoor).
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Drouin will go down in IU history as one of the all-time greats.
"Derek adds another accolade to one of the best careers in the history of our program," said Helmer. "He has consistently competed at a level that puts him among the best in the world. We get to watch him compete in an IU uniform one last time at this week's NCAA Championships, something I'm greatly looking forward to."
A senior from Corunna, Ontario, Drouin continued his dominance of college high jumping this season, going undefeated in the event with wins at Texas Relays, Penn Relays and the Big Ten Championships. Drouin cleared a Penn Relays and Franklin Field record of 7-7¾ (2.36m). He was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year.
At the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Drouin won the seventh Big Ten high jump title of his career and his fourth outdoors. He is Indiana's 14th seven-time Big Ten Champion, and is IU's first ever seven-time champion in a single event. At the Prefontaine Classic, Drouin and Kynard both cleared 2.36m (7-8.75), with Kynard bettering Drouin on misses. The two are tied for second in the world this season. Drouin's clearance is an all-time Canadian national record.
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