Drouin Named National Field Athlete of the Year
June 12, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Derek Drouin is the National Field Athlete of the Year, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced. Drouin earns the award for the third time in his career (Indoors in 2011 and 2013, Outdoors in 2013) and sweeps the indoor and outdoor awards this year. Drouin is only the second athlete to sweep both awards in one year and his three honors are second to only world record holder, Olympic Gold Medalist and 2010 Bowerman award winner Ashton Eaton, who swept the awards in 2009 and 2010 to win it four times.
Indiana track and field director Ron Helmer said Drouin will go down as one of Indiana's all-time greats due to his consistency, and that Indiana University may never see another athlete as prolific as Drouin.
"Derek is a very talented athlete," said Helmer, "but the trait that makes him elite is his consistency. To win five NCAA titles in the vertical jumps is unheard of, and to do that at the level that Derek has is even more impressive. Adding a third National Field Athlete of the Year award to his resume just further demonstrates the level to which we've been fortunate to have Derek representing Indiana University for the past five years. Athlete's of this caliber don't come along every day."
Drouin cleared 2.34m (7-8) on June 7 to win the fifth NCAA title of his career in the high jump in Eugene, Ore. The senior missed on his first attempt at 2.31m (7-7), falling behind two-time defending champion Erik Kynard of Kansas State and passed to the next height, where he cleared on his second and final attempt. Three misses by Kynard gave Drouin the title. Drouin took three jumps at 2.39m (7-10), which would have broken the all-time collegiate record, missing on all three. Drouin's title is the 26th in school history outdoors, and his second outdoors to go along with three indoors.
The result was a flip of the 2012 championships, when Kynard won with a jump of 2.34m (7-8) and Drouin took second at 2.31m (7-7). Drouin finishes his collegiate career with an 8-6 advantage in the all-time head-to-head series with the Olympic Silver Medalist, including a 3-1 record this season. Drouin added 10 team points for the Hoosiers, moving his career NCAA scoring total to 66 points, which is just four behind IU's all-time leader Aarik Wilson.
This season, Drouin also broke the Penn Relays and Franklin Field records, the Canadian national record, the Big Ten record, the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field complex record, and the Indiana University record in the high jump.
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