Drouin, Beckwith Highlight List of Six Hoosier All-Americans
June 15, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Six Indiana track and field student-athletes earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced. Highlighting that group are NCAA Champion high jumper Derek Drouin and NCAA runner-up in the 800 meters Molly Beckwith. Joining Drouin and Beckwith were senior Jeff Coover, juniors Sarah Pease and Faith Sherrill and sophomore De'Sean Turner.
With six All-Americans during the outdoor season and 12 during the indoor season, IU track and field finishes the year with 18 individual All-America honors. Indiana will open the 2010-2011 season with 10 All-American student-athletes on its roster. Director and head coach Ron Helmer said that he is very happy to see his student-athletes gain experience succeeding at the national level.
"These student-athletes really took a step in the right direction this year," said Helmer. "To go to the national meet and perform as well as we did is an important thing. Going forward, that experience should pay dividends for our team."
Drouin is the first Hoosier ever to claim indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. He cleared 2.26m (7-5) for the win, clearing seven heights along the way with just one miss. Drouin was one of just three jumpers to clear 2.23m (7-3.75). His clearance is a season best and is just a centimeter under his career mark and IU record.
Beckwith is IU's third All-American all-time in the outdoor 800m, and she matches Tina Parrott's 1986 performance with her second-place finish. Beckwith clocked a time of 2:02.14, just .74 seconds behind winner Phoebe Wright of Tennessee. Beckwith improved her career mark by .04 seconds for second all-time at Indiana.
Pease finished in the same position she spent most of the race, taking fourth with a time of 9:56.91. The time improves her own school record by more than two seconds. The junior is the highest outdoor placer in an event longer than 800m for IU since Colette Goudreau posted a third-place finish in the 3,000m in 1987.
Coover earned his fourth-career All-America certificate by tying for fifth in the pole vault. The senior from La Jolla, Calif., cleared 5.30m (17-4.5) to tie USC's Brandon Estrada for fifth. Coover joins former IU greats Dave Volz (5) and Mark Buse (6) as the only Hoosiers to earn All-America honors four times in the pole vault.
Sherrill took sixth in the shot put with a heave of 16.49m (54-1.25). She was just four inches out of fourth-place. Sherrill claims her third All-America certificate after earning the honors in the weight throw and shot put during the indoor campaign.
Turner was 12th in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 9:03.61. He was the eighth-best American in the field, claiming his third All-America certificate and his first in an individual event.
The Hoosiers' season continues at the USA Jr. and Sr. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 24-27. For complete coverage of IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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