Drouin, Neuenswander Win Regional With Record-Breaking Marks
May 29, 2009
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The regional couldn't have started much better for Indiana. The first two Hoosiers to compete on the day grabbed regional crowns with school record clearances in the high jump and pole vault. Freshman Derek Drouin added a regional championship to his rookie resume, and junior Vera Neuenswander cemented her place in IU history. Junior Wendi Robinson claimed her spot in the national meet with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meters. Junior Molly Beckwith advanced to the finals of the 800m. The men scored 13 points for fifth place on the day, and the women scored 14 points, which puts them in third place in the meet.
Drouin recorded a new school record, tied the regional record and posted a facility record in the high jump with his clearance of 2.22m (7-3.25). Drouin improved his career mark by an inch, moving ahead of IU legend Dennis Adama for the top spot in the IU record book. The freshman from Corunna, Ontario bettered the Cardinal Park facility record by two centimeters and matched the regional record. The finish earned IU ten team points and advances Drouin to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Junior Jared Nuxoll added another team point for the Hoosiers with eighth place. His clearance of 2.13m (6-11.75) moves him into ninth all-time in the IU record books, and is an inch improvement on his career best.
Neuenswander crushed the facility record and moved past the regional and school marks as well on her way to a regional pole vault crown. Her clearance of 4.31m (14-1.75) was three inches better than the second-place vault by defending NCAA Indoor champion Kylie Hutson of Indiana State. Her height improved the Cardinal Park record by more than a foot, and the mark bettered the regional record by two inches. The new IU record holder, she bettered the school mark by 2.5 inches, becoming the first Hoosier female to clear 14 feet. Neuenswander extended her season with the finish, as the mark moves her on to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 25-28. She earned ten points for Indiana with the win as well.
Robinson was fifth in the 5k, one of four Big Ten runners to finish in the top-five. Her time of 16:30.75 bettered the facility record, as did 10 other runners in the impressive field. Robinson's time is exactly five seconds slower than her career and season best mark. She earned four points for the Hoosiers and guaranteed herself a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 10-13.
Junior Molly Beckwith advanced to the Saturday final of the women's 800m run. She recorded the third best time of the three heats, winning her race in a time of 2:04.55. She was .8 seconds faster than the second-place runner in her heat, Shanelle Price of Tennessee. Beckwith was one of nine runners to better the Cardinal Park facility record. The Worthington, Ohio native holds the nation's second-best time in the event, and she will race the runners that sit at numbers one and three on the national list in tomorrow's competition.
Senior Kiwan Lawson took seventh in the long jump with a leap of 7.49m (24-7). The finish earned two points for the Hoosiers. Senior Wil Glover finished just .04 seconds out of qualifying for the final in the men's 100m dash. His time of 10.55 was the 11th fastest in the event. Nine runners qualified for the final.
The Hoosiers continue competition at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, when the meet kicks off at 11 a.m. ET. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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