Beckwith, Drouin Named Regional Athletes of the Year
March 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The USTFCCCA has announced the 2010 region award winners for indoor track and field. Indiana senior Molly Beckwith and sophomore Derek Drouin are among those recognized in the Great Lakes region. Beckwith was named the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Track Athlete of the Year, and Drouin was honored as the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Field Athlete of the Year.
Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said the two student-athletes are very deserving of the recognitions.
"Molly and Derek were outstanding this season and have put themselves into position to compete with the best in the country," Helmer said. "These two have committed to improving and it has shown from meet to meet throughout the season."
Drouin added another notch to his belt with an outstanding performance at the Big Ten Championships. The Corunna, Ontario, native won his second career Big Ten title and was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year by the conference's coaches. Drouin set a Big Ten Championships record in the high jump with a clearance of 2.26m (7-5). His clearance was also an IU record, breaking a 26 year-old record set by Ron Jones in 1984. Every one of Drouin's clearances came on his first attempt. His clearance is the best in Division I on the season.
Beckwith was the Big Ten Champion in the 600m, running a Big Ten and IU record time of 1:27.22, which is the second fastest ever by an American. The conference title is the first of her career. Making the 600m time more impressive is the fact that Beckwith ran a career-best time of 4:40.50 for third place in the mile earlier in the same day of competition. She qualified for the NCAA Indoor meet with school record times in the 800 meters and the distance medley relay.
IU track and field closes out the indoor campaign March 12-13 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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