Drouin, Neuenswander Named Big Ten Field Athletes of the Week
March 30, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University junior high jumper Derek Drouin and senior pole vaulter Vera Neuenswander have been named the Big Ten Field Athletes of the Week, the conference announced. Drouin won two events to help the Big Ten prevail at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Neuenswander won the pole vault to help the Big Ten women win by 30 points. It is the sixth weekly Big Ten honor of Drouin's career and the first for Neuenswander. Drouin sustained a foot injury while competing in the high jump at the meet, and he will miss the remainder of the outdoor season.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said Drouin and Neuenswander succeed because of their work ethic and attitudes.
"Derek and Vera are the kind of kids you want in your program," Helmer said. "They come to practice ready to work each day with smiles on their faces, and they compete at a level amongst the best in the Big Ten and the nation."
Drouin took the win in an impressive field of high jumpers, clearing 2.23m (7-3.75). He defeated a field that included four other All-Americans from the recent 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. Drouin also won the 110m hurdles in 14.31 seconds. He scored 20 points for the Big Ten cause, helping the Big Ten dominate the SEC 399 to 337.
Neuenswander and teammate Kelsie Ahbe went 1-2 in the pole vault, earning 18 points toward the Big Ten cause and helping the Big Ten to a 30-point victory. Neuenswander took the win, clearing 4.10m (13-5.25). The clearance is the Big Ten's best this season by nearly four inches. She ranks seventh nationally and sixth in the East region this season
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