Drouin wins NCAA High Jump Crown, Hoosiers 6th
March 13, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The NCAA Indoor Championships closed out beautifully for the Hoosiers, as the men finished 6th. Sophomore Derek Drouin claimed his first NCAA title, winning the high jump. Redshirt freshman Andy Bayer scored for the second time in two days, taking third in the 3,000m. Senior Molly Beckwith took fifth in the 800 meters, and redshirt sophomore Andrew Poore took eighth in the 3,000m for All-America honors.
The Indiana men finished the meet with 25 points, the best for IU since 2005 and the third-most ever at the indoor meet for IU. The point total was good for 6th place. The IU women score eight points at the meet, the most since 2003. They finished tied for 28th.
Drouin is Indiana's first NCAA champion since Aarik Wilson won the long jump and triple jump titles in 2005 and the school's first ever in the high jump. He cleared 2.28m (7-5.75) for the title. The sophomore had only one miss prior to his final bar and he cleared the winning height on the first attempt. Drouin was 1.25 inches better than his closest competitor and improved his school record by .75 inches. He scored 10 points for the IU cause.
Beckwith took fifth in the 800m for her first career All-America certificate. Her time of 2:04.46 is .04 faster than her previous best, improving on her IU record. Beckwith was a half second out of fourth and .57 seconds out second. Beckwith is the first All-American for IU in the indoor 800m since Tina Parrot took the NCAA title in 1985. She scored four points for IU.
Bayer led with a lap to go in the men's 3K. He recorded a time of 8:11.19 for third place. He was followed in by teammate Poore, who took eighth for his first career All-America certificate. Poore finished in 8:15.76, out-kicking Stanford's Justin Marpole-Bird in the final 50 meters. The two Hoosiers are the first IU runners to score in the indoor 3,000m since Bob Kennedy took 2nd in 1992.
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