Drouin Named to "The Bowerman" Watch List
March 16, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's Derek Drouin has been placed on the watch list for "The Bowerman" by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Drouin is one of 10 men on the watch list for the award, which is dubbed the "Heisman Trophy of track and field." He is the first male Big Ten athlete ever to make the watch list for the award.
Director and head coach Ron Helmer said Drouin is deserving of the recognition because of his elite performances.
"We're running out of adjectives to describe Derek," said Helmer. "He is a one of a kind competitor and a one of kind young man. He definitely deserves to be on this list as he has proven himself as one of the elite performers in all of collegiate track and field."
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 NCAA-winning jump moves him to a tie for third indoors all-time in the collegiate ranks. Drouin is the first back-to-back indoor national high jump champ since USC's Jesse Williams in 2005 and 2006.
"The Bowerman" is given out annually to the top male and female collegiate track & field athletes. The Bowerman is named in honor of track and field pioneer Bill Bowerman, who served the sport of track and field in numerous ways, including his leadership in the USTFCCCA predecessor organization the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole. The trophy was first given out in 2009.
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