Butler, Drouin, Poore Lead Hoosiers To Runner-Up Finish
Feb. 27, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Indiana men's track and field team won three individual titles on the final day of the Big Ten Indoor Championships, leading IU to its best finish since 2005. Kind Butler won the 60m, Derek Drouin took the high jump and Andrew Poore won the 5,000m to lead the way for IU. Andy Bayer won the 3,000m on day one, and the four individual champions combined for 66 points in the meet, nearly two thirds of the 104.5 scored by the team. The Hoosiers finished less than 13 points out of the win, as Minnesota defended its indoor title with 117.333 points.
Poore dropped the hammer in the last 50 meters of the 5,000 to easily outkick Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed of Wisconsin, who swapped the lead for most of the race, for the win. Poore finished in 13:53.48 to defend his outdoor title in the 5K. He was followed in by Zach Mayhew in fifth (14:11.08), Bayer in sixth (14:11.14) and Ben Hubers in seventh (14:14.97). The Hoosiers scored 19 points in the race.
Butler won the 60m with an amazing last 10 meters. In third at 50 meters, Butler outleaned Shane Crawford of Purdue (6.71) and Andrew Riley of Illinois (6.72) to win in 6.70 seconds. Devin Pipkin took fifth. The Hoosiers got 14 points in the race.
Butler then took second in the 200m, despite not getting to run against the winner. He won the first heat of the two-heat final in 21.35 seconds, before Justin Austin of Iowa ran 21.23 in the second heat. Butler finished the meet with 19 points scored.
Drouin took his fourth-straight title in the high jump. He cleared 2.26m (7-5) for the win and never had a miss in the competition. Drouin tied the Big Ten Indoor Championships record, which he set a year ago. Freshman Darius King finished third with a clearance of 2.14m (7-0.25), tying himself for 10th all-time in school history. The Hoosiers scored 16 points in the event. Drouin fell across the line for eighth in the 60m hurdles for a team point.
In the mile final, Bayer took second in 4:01.96. He finished the meet scoring 21 points, best among all Hoosiers. Andy Weatherford finished eighth, adding a point. The Hoosiers scored 46 points between the mile, 3,000 and 5000.
Patrick Onye had a throw of 20.34m (66-8) for sixth in the weight throw, moving himself into second all-time in IU history. Also scoring for IU were, Olumide Olamigoke (6th in triple jump, 14.93m (48-11.75)), Joe Holahan (7th in the 800m in 1:52.60), and Tyler Sult, Butler, Pipkin and Chris Vaughn (8th in the 4x400m relay in 3:17.48).
The Hoosiers return to action at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Invitational at Notre Dame on March 4-5. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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