Drouin Named National Athlete of the Year
March 15, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Derek Drouin's 2011 indoor campaign just keeps getting more impressive. The junior from Corunna, Ontario has now been named National Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He is the first Big Ten field athlete ever to garner the award. The award is based on votes from the members of the USTFCCCA.
Director and head coach of Indiana track and field Ron Helmer said the award couldn't have gone to a better person.
"Derek is a true competitor and genuinely good person, who cares as much about our team's success as his own, " said Helmer. "As a result you can't help but want him to succeed and his competitive effort never disappoints. We are all very proud of him and proud that he is a Hoosier."
Drouin has had a season unlike any other in the history of Indiana Track and Field. The junior from Corunna, Ontario won his third NCAA title in the high jump, and his second-straight indoors, clearing a Canadian-record tying 7-7.75. His jump broke the all-time Big Ten record as well. Drouin won his fourth Big Ten high jump crown as well, tying his own Big Ten meet record in the process, en route to Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year honors as well. The thing that makes him so impressive is his consistency in an event that can be unpredictable. The junior has cleared 7-5 or higher at four meets this season. Drouin's meet-best equaled the Canadian national record and moves him to a tie for third indoors all-time in the collegiate ranks. Drouin is the first back-to-back indoor national champ since USC's Jesse Williams in 2005 and 2006.
The Hoosiers open the outdoor season at the Stanford Invitational and the Big Ten vs. SEC Challenge on the weekend of March 25-26. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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