Hoosiers Finding Great Success in Elite Summer Competition
July 19, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Several athletes with Hoosier ties are making waves throughout the world in track and field this summer. Molly Beckwith is touring Europe, running elite 800m races, where she has broken the two-minute barrier and the IU record. Derek Drouin competed at an elite invitational in preparation for the upcoming Canadian National Championships, and former Hoosier Danielle Carruthers recently knocked off the current U.S. champion in the 100m hurdles.
Beckwith is making herself known during her tour of Europe and on Sunday, she broke a 24-year-old IU record. The senior, who recently capped off her collegiate career with second in the 800m at NCAAs, has won two out of her five races since she made the trip overseas, finishing second, third and fourth in the other three. On Sunday, Beckwith accomplished a goal she held all season, clocking a time of 1:59.83 for fourth in Lignano, Italy.
In Nuoro, Italy, Beckwith won in a time of 2:02.55 on July 14, and in Kortrijk, Belgium on July 11, she won with a time of 2:03.30 on July 11. She clocked a lifetime best of 2:02.06 at the Keien Meeting in Uden, Netherlands on July 3.
Drouin won the high jump at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. The meet attracted many top Canadians tuning up for the National Championships on July 28-31, and also some elite Americans getting ready for their European tours. Drouin cleared 2.25m (7-4.5) for the win in an elite field of jumpers.
IU legend Danielle Carruthers showed at a meet in Glasgow, Scotland that she still has what it takes to run with the world's elite. Carruthers, 31, defeated U.S. Champion Lolo Jones by .02 in the 100m hurdles. The former Hoosier runs in Diamond League events throughout the world.
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