Drouin Named Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year
June 9, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has announced the winners of the regional coach and athlete of the year awards. Indiana freshman Derek Drouin garnered Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year honors. The rookie high jumper took a Drake Relays title, a Jesse Owens Classic crown, a Big Ten championship and a NCAA Mideast Regional win this season. His season best mark of 2.22m (7-3.25) is the best mark in IU history.
"Given the fact that he was at his best at championship time, it is great that the coaches recognized Derek's accomplishments this season, winning the conference and the regional," said Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer. "The kid can compete; I'll tell you that."
At the NCAA Mideast Regional, Drouin recorded a new school record, tied the regional record and posted a facility record in the high jump with his clearance of 2.22m (7-3.25). Drouin improved his career mark by an inch, moving ahead of IU legend Dennis Adama for the top spot in the IU record book. The freshman from Corunna, Ontario bettered the Cardinal Park facility record by two centimeters and matched the regional record. The finish earned IU ten team points and advances Drouin to the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week in Fayetteville, Ark. Drouin was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Drouin and six of his teammates begin competition at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, June 10. For complete coverage of the Hoosiers at NCAAs, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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