Derek Drouin is winding down his Indiana career and continuing his dominance of the high jump. On Saturday, he won his fourth Big Ten outdoor championship and seventh overall Big Ten title, leaping 7 feet, 4 1/4 inches before calling it a day to prepare for hurdles. The release from IU follows.
Drouin Wins 7th Big Ten High Jump Title
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana track and field got yet another Big Ten high jump title from Derek Drouin on day two at the Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers also had eight other athletes score on the day, helping the IU men head into the meets final day in fourth with 33 points, while the IU women are eighth with 21 points.
Drouin cleared 2.24m (7-4.25) to win the seventh Big Ten high jump title of his career and his fourth outdoors. Having clinched the victory in the event, Drouin called it a day. Drouin is Indiana’s 14th seven-time Big Ten Champion, and is IU’s first ever seven-time champion in a single event. His title is IU’s 31st all-time in the high jump, and the 15th outdoors. Drouin scored 10 points for the Hoosier cause.
Indiana was second and third in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, as Robby Nierman and Josh Roche finished in 8:53.71 and 8:53.80 respectively. The times are season bests for both Hoosiers. Nierman now ranks 12th in the East Region, and Roche, a freshman, ranks 13th in the region, as the team heads to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in two weeks. IU got 14 points in the race.
Sydney Clute took third in the pole vault, clearing 4.02m (13-2.25) for the first Big Ten medal of her career. The freshman cleared 4.02m on her first attempt to break a tie with Michigan State’s Sarah Birkmeier. Sophie Gutermuth took seventh with her clearance of 3.92m (12-10.25). Gutermuth’s clearance moves her into a tie for 35th in the East region this season, which should get her a spot in the NCAA East Preliminary Round in two weeks. Indiana scored eight team points in the event.
Courtney Woodard finished the heptathlon with 5,150 points for fourth place, the best Big Ten finish of her career. Woodard ran a PR 2:23.51, bettering her previous career best by more than a second, to take second in the event and move up the overall standings into fourth. Woodard also added a 5.49m (18-0.25) mark in the long jump and a 26.48m (86-10) throw in the javelin on the day. Woodard scored five points for the women.
Kyla Buckley took fourth in the shot put, throwing 16.38m (53-9). She threw 14.85m (48-8.75) in the prelims and entered the finals in seventh place. She improved on her mark with her first two throws in the finals to move to fifth and then fourth place. Buckley scored five points for the women.
Samantha Ginther clocked a time of 10:19.98 for sixth place in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. Ginther scored three points for the team.
Dylan Anderson scored 7,008 points for eighth in the decathlon. His score ranks sixth in IU history. On the day, he ran 15.89 in the 110m hurdles, threw 30.43m (99-10) in the discus, cleared 4.80m (15-9) in the pole vault, threw 49.94 in the javelin and ran 4:51.36 in the 1,500m. Anderson’s finish resulted in a team point.
Indiana also advanced eight individuals and two relays to Sunday finals. La Toya Williams ran 23.82 in the 200m trials to advance, and Cornelius Strickland made it into the men’s 200 final with a time of 21.13. Chris Vaughn won his section of the 400m prelims in 47.10 to take his spot in the final.
In the women’s 1,500m, Kelsey Duerksen (4:27.17) and Ashley Seymour (4:28.69) both automatically advanced, and in the men’s 1,500m Andy Bayer (3:45.02), Adam Behnke (3:46.19) and Nierman (3:46.46) all advanced from the same heat.
Indiana’s men’s and women’s 4x100m relays also advanced to the finals, as the women ran 46.56 and the men went 40.86.
Athletes Advancing to Sunday Finals
La Toya Williams, 200m
Cornelius Strickland, 200m
Chris Vaughn, 400m
Kelsey Duerksen, 1,500m
Ashley Seymour, 1,500m
Andy Bayer, 1,500m
Adam Behnke, 1,500m
Robby Nierman, 1,500m
Nick Turner, Cornelius Strickland, Chris Vaughn and Nick Stoner, Men’s 4x100m relay
Shona Dunkley, La Toya Williams, Brie Roller and Shawntanay Johnson, Women’s 4x100m relay
The Hoosiers return to action the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.