March 1, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Freshman Derek Drouin took second in the high jump, and senior Wil Glover took third in the 60-meters, leading the Hoosiers on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The Hoosiers finished in 6th overall, scoring 61 points. The finish is a great improvement on the ninth-place finish with 35 points the team got in 2008. Seniors Evan Bardach and Paul Fearnow, sophomores Ben Hubers, Andy Weatherford and Andrew Poore and freshman Olumide Olamigoke also scored points for the Hoosiers.
Drouin’s second place finish was good for eight team points. The Corunna, Ontario native matched his career best mark with a clearance of 2.18m (7-1.75). He was just three centimeters out of first place. It is Drouin’s second time clearing the height, which stands as the fourth best in IU lore.
Glover blazed to a time of 6.76 seconds for his third place finish. The mark was just .04 seconds out of second. He moves to fourth in the IU record books, surpassing Marcus Thigpen. The third-place finish marks Glover’s first individual Big Ten medal and his second overall, as he was a part of the second-place 4x100m relay at the 2008 outdoor championships. Glover garnered six points for the cream and crimson.
Olamigoke took third in the triple jump. The freshman from Virginia hopped, skipped and jumped 14.98m (49-1.75). He joins a long Hoosier tradition of medalists in the long and triple jumps. He won IU six team points.
Bardach took fifth in the 800m run. His time of 1:51.7888 was just .004 seconds slower than the fourth place finisher. His prelim qualifying time of 1:50.19 on Saturday was a provisional mark and was the fastest in the prelims. He scored four team points for the Hoosiers.
Poore took fifth in the 5,000-meters. He finished in 14.11.28, beating Jacob Nachel across the line for fifth. He inched out the Illinois runner by .03 seconds.
Hubers took 6th in the mile, finishing just .15 out of fifth and .16 out of fourth. Weatherford took eighth in the mile. Weatherford’s time of 4;07.74 was more than a second faster than his previous best. Fearnow took eighth in the weight throw, recording a heave of 19.31m (63-4.25). The mark is the third best in IU history and is a huge, seven-foot improvement on his previous best.
The Hoosiers return to action when they participate in a last chance qualifier. The Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame will be on March 6 and 7. For complete coverage of IU track and field stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.