Aug. 4, 2009
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – Derek Drouin added two inches to his IU record jump to win the high jump at the Pan-American Junior Championships. The Corrunna, Ontario native cleared 2.27m (7-5.25), beating the rest of the field by 6.5 inches and tying the meet record. His jump is just one centimeter shy of the best junior mark in the world in 2009.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Drouin continues to exceed expectations and that he has a very bright future in track and field.
“Just when we think Derek Drouin has reached the limit of what he can do as a freshman athlete, he adds a huge accomplishment to his resume,” said Helmer. “Winning the meet is a big accomplishment, but moving up to 7-5.25 is a huge feat for him, and we look forward to him keeping up the hard work and putting up big numbers as a sophomore.”
The freshman was the NCAA Indoor runner-up and took the Canadian Junior National title. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year. He also won the NCAA Mideast Regional, the Drake Relays, the Jesse Owens Classic and the Billy Hayes Invitational.
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