Bayer, Drouin and Pease Named Big Ten Athletes of the Week
April 14, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomores Andy Bayer and Derek Drouin and junior Sarah Pease have been named Big Ten Track and Field Athletes of the week for the week April 4-11, the conference has announced on April 14. The three Hoosiers all scored wins at the Border Battle, posting marks that rank among the best in the conference and the nation.
Indiana director and head coach Ron Helmer said that his student-athletes showed great competitiveness in the first weekend of the outdoor season.
“It is great to have our student-athletes performing at a high level early in the season, but what is exciting is the fact that we can build on these performances going forward.”
Bayer collects his second Big Ten Athlete of the Week award in 2010 after posting a winning time of 3:41.87 in the 1,500-meter open. The Leo, Ind., native bested the field by more than two seconds and now owns the fourth-best time in Division I this season, and the 10th best time in school history in the event. After his victory in the 1500m, Bayer crossed the line first again in the 800-meter run at 1:50.70. Bayer came around the final turn in third-place and made a pass in the last 10 meters to win by 0.24 seconds. Overall, Bayer's two wins scored 10 points for the Hoosiers’ cause.
Drouin posted 13 points for the Hoosiers, winning the high jump and 110m hurdles, while taking second in the javelin at the Border Battle last week. Drouin's clearance of 2.20m (7-2.5) is just two centimeters off his season high and bested the next closest competitor by a full inch. Drouin's clearance is 1.5 inches better than the closest jumper in Big Ten this season and also ranks sixth in the nation. Drouin also won the 110m hurdles in 14.45. It was a career best for Drouin and a .35 improvement on his career mark. The time is the fifth-best in the Big Ten this season. In the javelin, Drouin's heave of 51.29m (168-3) was just five inches shy from the winning toss.
Pease led the 3,000-meter steeplechase from the start and won in a school-record time of 10:05.67. The Indiana native finished nearly 40 seconds ahead of the field and owns the Big Ten's best time this season by the same margin. Her time also ranks third in Division I and fifth in the world this season, eclipsing her own school record by 0.35 seconds, which she set at the NCAA Championships last year. This is the first Big Ten Athlete of the Week award for the Hoosier junior.
The Hoosiers return to action at the Indiana State Quadrangular on April 16-17 in Terre Haute, Ind. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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