Bayer, Drouin, Sherrill, Helmer Named Athletes, Coach of the Year
March 7, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana track and field program concludes a historic indoor season this weekend at the NCAA Championships, but the Hoosiers are already garnering national recognition. The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Monday the 2011 Regional Athletes and Coaches of the year. Four Hoosiers were honored by the Great Lakes region, including Andy Bayer as men's Track Athlete of the Year, Derek Drouin as men's Field Athlete of the Year, Faith Sherrill as women's Field Athlete of the Year and Ron Helmer as men's Head Coach of the Year.
Helmer said he is proud of the three honorees and attributed his award to their accomplishments.
"Once again these three outstanding student-athletes have been recognized for their preparation and the resulting performances," Helmer said. "Their contributions to our program continue to lead the way for the rest of our team and those who support them. Any recognition I receive can be attributed to the great job these athletes have done representing our team and our university."
Bayer, a sophomore from Leo, Ind., leads the nation in the 3,000 meters with a best time of 7:48.35, also a school record. He scored 21 points at this year's Big Ten Championships - winning the 3,000 meters, finishing second in the mile, and finishing sixth in the 5,000 meters - to earn Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year honors. He has also recorded NCAA automatic-qualifying times in the mile and as a member of Indiana's school-record setting distance medley relay.
Drouin, a junior from Corunna, Ontario, is one of three high jumpers in the nation to clear at least 7-5 on the season. Drouin's season best of 7-5.25 (2.27m) was set in winning the Indiana Open. Drouin broke the Big Ten meet record with a 7-5 (2.26m) win at the conference meet. Drouin also finished in the nation's top 35 with a heptathlon score of 5,407. Drouin was also named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year.
A senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., Sherrill leads the nation in the shot put with a season's best of 59-0.75 (18.00m) - a mark that broke the all-time Big Ten record. Sherrill's best of the year is also among the all-time top 10 in the collegiate ranks. Sherrill has claimed four throws of more than 58 feet this season and was a Big Ten champ in the event with a throw of 58-2 (17.73m), a meet record.
In his fourth year at Indiana, Helmer's Hoosiers are ranked fourth nationally and took a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships after winning four individual titles. The Hoosier men have eight automatic NCAA marks, including seven by Helmer's distance runners, who themselves earned 49 points of IU's 104.5 at the Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers broke three IU records this season (60m, 3000m and DMR).
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