Drouin in Orlando for Bowerman Ceremony

From IU media relations

Drouin Travels to Orlando for Bowerman Ceremony

Former IU high jumper among finalists for prestigious award


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Olympic medalist and five-time NCAA Champion Derek Drouin will travel to Orlando this week as a finalist for The Bowerman Trophy – the highest honor given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in collegiate track & field.

Derek Drouin of Indiana, Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Julian Wruck of UCLA were selected as the final three men who will attend the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Orlando in hopes of being named the most outstanding male collegiate track & field student-athlete of the 2013 season. The winners will be announced in a special ceremony on Wednesday Dec. 18, emceed by ESPN’s John Anderson, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET with the Red Carpet Show. 

The award show can be viewed live online via Flotrack.org. Also follow along on the IU track & field twitter (twitter.com/IUTrackXC) for live updates and pictures.

Indiana track & field director and head coach Ron Helmer said that Drouin dominated collegiate high jumping on the season and staked his claim as one of the best in NCAA history.

“Derek competed at an elite level all season with a level of consistency that is very rare in the high jump,” said Helmer. “His dominance in collegiate competition this season was amazing to watch, and it is a great honor to have him represent Indiana University and Big Ten Conference as a finalist for The Bowerman Trophy.”

It was a banner year for Drouin, as the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year. He became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he did so in 2010, becoming the NCAA’s first five-time high jump champion.

The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors. For his accomplishments on the year, Drouin was named the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year as the top athlete across all men’s sports in the Big Ten Conference for 2012-13.