Drouin Takes Penn High Jump Crown
April 24, 2010
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Indiana closed out the Penn Relays with a great showing on Saturday. Derek Drouin led the way, taking the high jump championship. Indiana won two events over the course of the three-day meet and had 14 top-five finishes.
Drouin cleared 2.22m (7-3.25) for the Penn Relay crown. He was 2.25 inches better than the rest of the field and matched his season mark. Drouin was able to clear bars on his first attempts despite a raucous and distracting crowd. Drouin is the second IU high jumper to win the Penn crown, joining Cal Boyd, who won in 1954 with a clearance of 6-7.
Jeff Coover took third in the championship section of the pole vault. He cleared 5.30m (17-4.5). After the event was delayed by the 4x100m relay, which featured Usain Bolt, Coover had a pole break on his second attempt at 5.40m. Coover finished at that height.
IU took fourth in the Championship of America 4xMile relay. Andy Bayer ran a split of 3:59.1 on his second leg to lead IU to a time of 16.20.90. They were just .49 seconds out of second. The time is the third fastest in IU history, surpassing squads that featured Sean and John Jefferson and Stephen Haas, Jim Spivey, and Pat Mandera and Steve Heidenreich. IU's time is faster than the winning Penn Relays times from two of the past three years.
Daniel Novia took third in the collegiate hammer throw. His toss of 58.50m (191-11) is 1 foot and three inches better than his previous best. He moves into fourth in the IU records.
The Hoosiers had a great day in the triple jump. In the Eastern section, Olu Olamigoke took third with a leap of 14.85m (48-8.75). In the college section, Rex Parker was fifth with a jump of 14.74m (48-4.5).
The Hoosier women took seventh in the 4x800m relay. Led by a 2:05.46 anchor leg by Molly Beckwith, the Hoosiers finished in 8:43.45.
The Hoosiers return to action on April 30, when they travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Jesse Owens Classic. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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