Drouin Ties Canadian Record, Defends His Title
March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Tex. - Derek Drouin highlighted the meet for the Hoosiers at the NCAA Indoor Championships, winning his third NCAA high jump title with a Canadian National Record. Andy Bayer claimed third in the 3,000 meters, Faith Sherrill took fourth in the shot put and Andrew Poore finished seventh in the 3,000. The Hoosiers finished the meet with six first team All-America finishes.
The IU men finished in 6th place for the second-straight year, tying Minnesota with 27 points. The Hoosiers bettered their point total from a year ago by two. The IU women tied for 36th place with five points.
Drouin claimed his third NCAA title in the high jump, and he did it in style. Drouin three more bars than any other competitor and broke the all-time Big Ten indoor record and tied the all-time Canadian indoor record with a clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75). The junior from Corunna, Ontario finished his day with three very close misses at 2.37m (7-9.14), which is the all-time collegiate indoor and meet record. Drouin didn't have a miss in competition until he jumped at his final clearance. Drouin was four inches better than the second-place jumper.
Drouin won the title at the site of his first NCAA meet, having taken a runner-up finish in College Station as a freshman, two years ago. Drouin's 10 points moves him to 38 for his career, which is fifth most in IU history. His title is the 41st NCAA crown in school history in track and field or cross country and the 140th individual title by a Hoosier in all sports.
Bayer took third in the 3,000m, his second top-three finish of the meet. He matched his placing in the event a year ago. He finished in 8:04.70, which was just .05 out of second and 1.01 seconds out of the win. With 14 points in the the meet, gives him 22 NCAA meet points in his career, tying himself with Mark Deady for 18th all-time at IU. Bayer anchored the Hoosiers to second in the distance medley relay, splitting what is believed to be the fastest 1,600m split in meet history.
Sherrill took fourth in the women's shot put with a throw of 17.08m (56-0.5). She had the best finish in the shot put indoors by a Hoosier since Angie Ryker and Katrin Koch went 1-2 in 1989. Her five points gives her 10 career points at NCAA meets, which is 13th-most in school history. Monique Riddick
Poore finished seventh, to better his eighth-place finish in the 3K a year ago. He clocked a time of 8:06.00, outleaning David McCarthy by .01. Poore clocked a school record on day one in the 5,000 meters, posting the fastest time in meet history to not finish in the top eight.
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