May 20, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday the honorees for the conference awards, and six Hoosiers garnered awards. Senior Kiwan Lawson, junior Ashley Rhoades and freshman Derek Drouin earned first team All-Big Ten honors and Drouin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Sophomores De'Sean Turner and Cedric Hudson and junior Vera Neuenswander earned second team All-Big Ten honors.
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. 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. The conference honors help to bolster an already impressive rookie campaign. Drouin finished the indoor season as the NCAA runner-up.
Rhoades cleared 1.78m (5-10) to better the field. Rhoades is the first Big Ten high jump champion in the history of the Indiana women's track and field program. She bettered the regional standard by three centimeters. Rhoades' season best of 1.81m (5-11.25) had her enter the day as the top seed. Rhoades brought home ten points for the Hoosiers.
Neuenswander finished second in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.05m (13-03.5). The second-place finish garnered eight points for the Hoosiers. The jump betters the regional standard.
Turner was second in the men's steeplechase finishing in 8:56.77. His mark is the ninth fastest in school history, and it improves his regional qualification. Turner was nearly five seconds faster than the third-place finisher from Minnesota.
The Hoosiers return to action on May 29 at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Louisville, Ky. Indiana will bring 23 regional qualifiers to Louisville. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.