April 25, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa - Indiana claimed three event championships at the Drake Relays on Saturday. Freshman Derek Drouin claimed the high jump crown, sophomore De'Sean Turner took the title in the men's 3,000m steeplechase, and junior Sarah Pease won the women's 3,000m steeplechase. Indiana recorded five regional qualifying marks on the day as well.
Drouin won the high jump with a clearance of 2.13m (6-11.75). His jump is better than the regional standard (2.10m), and was three centimeters better than the second place finisher. His season best of 2.14m is the fourth best in the Big Ten this season. The freshman All-American from Corunna, Ontario adds a Drake Relays title to his already illustrious one-year career at Indiana.
Pease ran the steeple in a career best 10:16.49 to take the Drake Relays title. She improved her regional qualification by nearly six seconds. Her mark is the third fastest in IU history and the third best in the Big Ten this season. She is now nearly 34 seconds faster than the regional qualifying time.
Turner ran his third regional qualifying time in the steeplechase this season. His time of 9:01.47 is 5.5 seconds faster than the regional standard. The Indianapolis native's season and career best time is the best in the Big Ten this season and among the top-seven in the Mideast region. Turner was followed in by freshman Andrew Poore. Poore took fourth with a regional mark of his own. His time of 9:05.25 is 1.75 seconds better than the regional standard, good for his first trip to the Mideast regional.
The Hoosiers got third place finished from senior Evan Bardach and freshman Olu Olamigoke as well. Bardach was third in the 800m, finishing in 1:51.33, which was just .17 seconds out of second place. Olamigoke finished just .5 inches out of second in the triple jump. His mark of 15.19m (49-10) was also just a foot out of first. Olamigoke was 19cm past the regional standard. His season best of 15.40m is the Big Ten's second best mark this season.
Senior Paul Fearnow posted another regional qualifying mark in the hammer throw. His heave of 58.70m (192-7) was good for seventh. His season best mark of 61.65m is the third-best toss in the Big Ten this season.
The Hoosiers return to action on May 1 at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus, Ohio. For complete coverage of all things IU track, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.