Drouin, Sherrill Win Big Ten Weekly Laurels
Jan. 11, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore Derek Drouin and junior Faith Sherrill both were named as field athletes of the week when the Big Ten conference office announced on Monday the first weekly indoor track and field awards of the season. The awards are for meets between January 4-10. Both student-athletes claim the prize for the first time in their career.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer was very pleased with the performance of the two honorees this weekend and the commitment they have made to improving.
"With both Derek and Faith, the effort put into offseason preparation is paying off," Helmer said, "which is evidenced by the quality of marks that they were able to record on Saturday."
Drouin began the 2010 indoor campaign with a pair of top-three finishes at the Indiana Open on Saturday, posting two career bests and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The Corunna, Ontario, native cleared 2.24 meters (7-4.25) in the high jump - the best mark in the nation so far this indoor season. The jump sits just one centimeter shy of the IU school record and is 6 centimeters (2.5") better than his previous high in the event set last year.
The height is an automatic NCAA qualifying mark and was 8.5 inches better than the next best competitor in the event. Drouin completed the day by posting a career best in the long jump, claiming third in the event with a leap of 7.08 meters (23-2.75), bettering his previous best by 60 centimeters (1-11.5). The award marks the first weekly laurel for Drouin's career and is the first accolade for an Indiana men's field athlete since senior Jeff Coover won the award two weeks in a row last season.
Sherrill opened the 2010 indoor campaign in convincing fashion at the Indiana Open on Saturday by posting the nation's best mark in the shot put while also breaking a longstanding IU record that stood for 18 years. Sherrill recorded a heave of 16.70m (54-9.5), obliterating her career mark of 15.05m in 2008. The mark is a foot and a half better than the second best in the Big Ten so far this season. After redshirting last year, Sherrill moves from seventh in IU lore to 37 centimeters (1-2.5) better than the previous IU record, besting NCAA shot put champion Katrin Koch (1992) and Jennifer Brown (2000).
The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native also posted a career best in the weight throw, adding nearly four feet to her previous high with a heave of 18.34m (60-2). The toss moves her from sixth to fourth in the IU records. She is now within two inches of leading the Big Ten in the weight throw as well. This is the first weekly award for Sherrill. Tiffany Howard was the last Hoosier to win a field accolade as she won the award on January 12 last season.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, January 16, when they will take on Purdue in a dual meet for the first time since 2004. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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