Three Champions, Five All-Big Ten for IU on Day Two
May 15, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana won three events on day two of the Big Ten Championships and had two more athletes post second-place finishes for All-Big Ten honors. Derek Drouin took the high jump crown, Faith Sherrill took the shot put title and De'Sean Turner won the 3,000m steeplechase. Sarah Pease and Andrew Poore took second in the steeplechase.
The Hoosiers finished the day with the men in second place with 36 points. The women are in third with 41 points. Indiana had 11 athletes advance through Saturday prelims to Sunday finals.
Drouin won his third career Big Ten high jump crown, and his second straight outdoor title. Drouin cleared 2.21m (7-3) to win by 3.5 inches. He was the only athlete to clear seven feet. Drouin won the the indoor crown earlier this year, making this his third straight title.
Sherrill won the shot put with a Big Ten Championship heave of 17.03m (55-10.5). Sherrill bettered defending champion and former record holder Aja Evans by 10.25 inches. Sherrill is the second Hoosier ever to put the shot more than 17 meters, joining IU legend Katrin Koch. Sherrill's title is the first by a Hoosier woman in the shot put since 2001 when Jennifer Brown took the gold medal. Sherrill joins defending national champion Mariam Kevkhishvilli of Florida as the only two throwers to better the 17 meter mark this season.
Turner and Poore finished 1-2 in the steeplechase, bringing home 18 points for the IU cause. Turner's time of 8:43.72 is the fifth-fastest in IU history and ranks among the nation's top-10 this season. Poore finished in 8:44.10 which is the sixth-best in IU lore. He ranks 11th in Div. I this season. The two Hoosiers finished nearly three seconds ahead of the third-place runner.
Pease clocked a school-record time of 9:59.16. She and Penn State's Bridget Franek each bettered the Billy Hayes Track record. Pease improves on a third-place finish in the event last season. She is the first Hoosier to break 10 minutes in the event. Pease was followed in by Caitlin Engel who took sixth for three IU points. Her time of 10:31.27 is the fourth best in school history and is a six second career best.
The Hoosiers close out hosting the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on Sunday, May 16 at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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