Drouin breaks Canadian high jump record at Prefontaine Classic

This one got lost, for me, in all the baseball yesterday, but Indiana’s Derek Drouin set the all-time Indiana, Big Ten and Canadian record in the high jump yesterday with a leap of 7 feet 8 3/4 inches at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., finishing third in the Diamond League event. The release from Indiana follows.

Drouin Breaks Canadian All-Time Record at Pre Classic

EUGENE, Ore. – Derek Drouin cleared a Canadian, Big Ten and Indiana University record 2.36m (7-8.75) for third place at the Prefontaine Classic. Drouin tied with fellow collegiate jumper Erik Kynard of Kansas State, but took third as Kynard cleared 2.36m on his second attempt, while Drouin did it in three attempts. The two rivals head into the NCAA Championships, also at Oregon, next weekend tied for second in the world this season. Mutaz Essa Barshim of Quatar won the meet with a clearance of 2.40m (7-10.5), which leads the world.


Drouin, Kynard and Barshim all went unblemished through the first five heights, clearing 2.33m (7-7.75) on their first attempts. Barshim cleared 2.36m on his first attempt, while Kynard took two attempts and Drouin three. When Drouin and Kynard each missed their third attempts at 2.39m (7-10), Barshim passed on his third attempt at the height to take one jump at 2.40m (7-10.5), which he cleared for a new lifetime best. Drouin scored a point in the 2013 Diamond League Standings, putting himself into a tie for fourth on the year, with 10 meets remaining on the league schedule. Barshim leads the standings with 10 points.

Drouin and Kynard both cleared 2.36m for the first time in their careers. The two rivals have now met in competition 13 times, with Kynard now winning six times to seven for Drouin. Drouin’s previous outdoor all-time best was 2.33m, from earlier this season. His clearance of 2.36m betters the all-time Canadian record, held by Mark Boswell, who three times cleared 2.35m (7-8.5) in 1999, 2000 and 2002. Drouin cleared 2.35m indoors earlier this year, tying Boswell’s all-time Canadian record and breaking the national indoor record. Drouin also improved the Big Ten and IU records he previously held.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships are in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.