July 20, 2009
CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island - The long list of accomplishments for the young Derek Drouin is ever-expanding. Over the weekend, the Corunna, Ontario native added a Canadian Junior Championship to his credits, as the rising sophomore won the high jump at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships. He also finished fifth in the 110m hurdles and sixth in the long jump.
"We've come to expect strong performances like this one out of Derek," said Indiana head coach and director of track and field Ron Helmer. "He had an outstanding first year at IU and now has a great opportunity to represent his home country. It is good for him, good for IU and good for Canada."
Incoming IU freshman Shona Dunkley also performed well at the meet, taking second in the 100m hurdles. Both became eligible for the Canadian Junior National team that will travel to the Junior Pan-American games in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
"The addition of another athlete from Canada that will come to IU with experience in international competition will be a huge plus for our program," said Helmer. "We look forward to seeing what Shona can do wearing an Indiana jersey."
Drouin cleared 2.15m (7-0.5) for the win in the high jump. His mark was 2.75 inches better than his closest competitor. Drouin will represent his home country for the second consecutive year, as he took third in the high jump at the Junior Commonwealth Games in Pune, India in 2008. Drouin recorded a career best in the 110m hurdles, finishing in 14.46 seconds in the preliminaries. The time is a .36 second improvement on his career mark. He jumped 6.49m (21-3.5) in the long jump.
Dunkley will begin her IU career at the start of the indoor season in January. She recorded second-place finishes in the both the qualifying round and the finals. Her best time came in the preliminaries, when she ran a time of 14.33 seconds.
The Junior Pan-American games will open on July 31. For complete coverage stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.