Drouin, Lawson Claim Big Ten Jump Crowns, Hoosiers in Second, Third
May 16, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana had a solid second day at the Big Ten Championships. The men's team finished the day in second place with 41 points, getting a large quantity of points in the jumps. The women are in third with a score of 45. Five Hoosiers earned their way onto the medals stand by placing the top three. Senior Kiwan Lawson and freshman Derek Drouin brought home Big Ten titles. Sophomores Cedric Hudson and De'Sean Turner took silver medals, and sophomore Sarah Pease was third in the steeplechase.
Lawson claimed the outdoor long jump crown for the third straight year, and Hudson was right behind for the 1-2 IU sweep. Lawson had a winning jump of 7.41m (24-3.75) and Hudson had a jump of 7.35m (24-1.5). The Hoosier duo were the only competitors to better the regional standard. Both marks were wind-aided. Freshman Olumide Olamigoke also earned a point for the Hoosiers with an eighth-place leap of 7.02m (23-0.5). He tied the seventh-place finisher but took eighth due to tiebreakers. Lawson also holds a Big Ten indoor crown, making this the fourth title of his career.
Drouin further improved his rookie campaign with a Big Ten title in the high jump. His winning height, 2.19m (7-2.25) ties him with Ron Jones for second all-time at Indiana. His placement earned 10 points for the Hoosiers, and junior Jared Nuxoll added another point with his eighth-place finish. Nuxoll cleared 2.10m (6-10.75) matching his career best.
The steeplechase was good to the Hoosiers on the men's and women's sides. Turner was second in the men's race finishing in 8:56.77. His mark is the ninth fastest in school history, and it improves his regional qualification. Turner was just under five seconds faster than the third-place finisher from Minnesota.
Pease took third in the women's steeplechase, Her time of 10:15.14 is is a 1.35 second improvement on her regional qualification and is the third fastest in school history. Pease moves into the nations top 16 with the time. She also earned six points for the Hoosier cause.
Indiana also had two score in the women's javelin. Britney and Courtney Freiberger took fifth and sixth. Courtney was fifth with a heave of 42.19m (141-11), and Britney was sixth with a toss of 42.08m (138-01). Both Freibergers got career bests, and they moved into seventh and eighth in the IU record books. The twins from Floyds Knobs, Ind., earned seven points for the team.
Senior Tiffany Howard and sophomore Kristen Crawford scored in the shot put, taking sixth and seventh. Howard recorded a heave of 15.11m (49-7) and Crawford's best toss was 14.21m (46-7.5). The finishes garnered the Hoosiers five team points.
The Hoosiers advanced numerous runners through prelims to Sunday finals. Junior Molly Beckwith advanced to the Sunday final in the 400m with the third best time. Freshman Andy Bayer and senior Brennon Plotner both qualified for the final in the 1,500 meters. Both the men's and women's 4x100m relay teams qualified for the Sunday finals as well. Sophomore Lindsey Hartman qualified in for the 800m final, and sophomore Devin Pipkin did the same in the 100 meters.
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