March 14, 2009
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman Derek Drouin turned a good indoor season into a great indoor season on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Drouin took second place in the high jump for the best finish by a Hoosier since David Neville took second in the 400-meters in 2006. Junior Vera Neuenswander joins Drouin as an All-American as she finished sixth in the pole vault. Indiana's All-American count is up to seven after Jeff Coover and the distance medley relay team of Evan Bardach, John Gunnell, Ben Hubers and De'Sean Turner garnered All-American recognition on Friday. The men's team finished in 14th place with 15 points.
Drouin cleared 2.14m (7-0.25) for second place, successfully clearing on his first two jumps in the competition. Only Kansas State's Scott Sellers cleared the third height, claiming first place. Because he had zero misses on the first two heights, Drouin held the tie-breakers to get himself into second place.
The Corrunna, Ontario native is the fourth Hoosier all-time to take the silver in the high jump, joining Gary Haupert (1970), Dennis Adama (1974) and Ron Jones (1984) as national runners-up in the event. He is also the 13th All-American high jumper in IU history. His finish earns the Indiana men eight points for a total of 15, which is the most since 2005, when Aarik Wilson claimed two national titles. The point total is the ninth highest indoor total in school history, and the 14th place team finish is the best since 2005 as well.
Neuenswander is the first ever All-American in the pole vault for the IU women's program, and the first indoor All-American in any event since Ara Towns in 2004. She cleared 4.15m (13-7.25), which put her in a tie for sixth with Melissa Gergel of Oregon and KC Dahlgren of Idaho. Because the all three cleared the first two heights on the first attempt and the third height on the second attempt, the tie isn't broken. Neuenswander earned two team points for Indiana, the first team points for the IU women at the indoor meet since 2004.
Indiana opens the indoor season on March 27 at the Alabama Relays. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.