Drouin Breaks World Record, Buckley & Houston Champions
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Indiana track and field's Derek Drouin provided the highlight of the first day at the Big Ten Championships, jumping to a worldrecord in the men's heptathlon high jump en route to the day one lead. IU also had a pair of champions as Kyla Buckley won Indiana's fourth-straight indoor Big Ten title in the shot put, and Scott Houston won Indiana's 22nd Big Ten title in the men's pole vault. Also Andy Bayer and Zach Mayhew tied for second in the men's 3,000 meters, and Indiana advanced eight to Saturday finals. After the first day, Indiana's men are in the lead with 27 points, and the IU women have 19 points, which ranks fifth.
Drouin cleared 2.30m (7-6.5) in the heptathlon high jump, bettering the all-time world best in the event, set earlier this month by Washington's Jeremy Taiwo at 2.25m (7-4.5), by two inches. Drouin's clearance is better than the Big Ten meet record in the open high jump by 1.5 inches and the SPIRE Institute record by 2.75 inches, both of which were held by Drouin. He bettered the record twice in the competition,clearing 2.27m (7-5.25) before his final clearance of 2.30m. Drouin declined to take attempts at higher bars. The clearance was good for 1,031 points out of his 3,358 which leads all competitors after the first day of the heptathlon. Dylan Anderson is seventh after day one of the heptathlon with 2,925 points, and Stephen Keller is 12th with 2,847.
Buckley won Indiana's fourth-straight Big Ten indoor title in the shot put, winning with a mark of 16.90m (55-5.5). Buckley led throughout the finals, but Purdue's Dani Bunch passed her on the second to last throw of the competition, leaving Buckley with one chance to respond, and boy, did she. Her throw ranks ninth in Division I this season and second all-time at Indiana. The Hoosiers have now won a Big Ten indoor crown in a throwing event in six straight seasons.
Houston cleared 5.32m (17-5.5) for the win in the pole vault. He is the 22nd Big Ten champion for IU in the event and the 11th indoors. Houston is the first indoor Big Ten Champion for IU since Jeff Coover won in 2009. Houstoncleared 5.32m on his first attempt, putting pressure on Illinois Matthew Bane, who was unable to match him, leading to the win for IU. The Hoosiers got 10points for the win.
Bayer and Mayhew both finished in 7:51.97 to tie for second place. The top five in the race all finished faster than the Big Ten meet record, and Bayer and Mayhew's times, while a shade slower than their season bests would rank among the nation's top 10. The duo scored 14 points for IU in the race.
Courtney Woodard took sixth in the pentathlon, scoring 3,731 points. Woodard's score earns three team points for the Hoosier cause.
The men's DMR saw the top nine teams break the facility record. Indiana's team of Rorey Hunter, Jordan Gornall, Nathan Pierre-Louis and Robby Nierman took sixth in 9:42.91 for three team points. Arianne Raby, Antonia Franklin, Samantha Gwin and Caitlin Engle ran 11:31. 81 for seventh in the women's DMR, scoring two points.
In the women's mile, Arianne Raby ran 4:45.82, which was the fourth-best time in the prelims, to advance to the Saturday final, which runs at 1:20 p.m. ET.
Three Hoosiers advanced in the men's mile, as Andy Bayer, Robby Nierman and Adam Behnke all advanced out of the third heat. They will run in the final at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Bayer ran 4:05.45 to win the heat, and Nierman and Behnke finished in 4:05.68 and 4:06.02 respectively for third and fourth in the heat, advancing with the eighth and ninth best times out of the three heats.
Cornelius Strickland and Nick Stoner took sixth and seventh in the 60m prelims to advance to Saturday's final. Both ran 6.81, which Strickland running .004 faster. They run in the 60m finals at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday. Strickland moves to number nine on the all-time IU list with his time in the prelims.
Strickland also ran 21.32 in the 200m to take the final spot in the 200m finals. His time ranks seventh all-time at Indiana. The 200m final is at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.
advanced in the men's 800 with a time of 1:50.00 for second in his heat. He
runs in the 2:30 p.m. final on Saturday.
The Hoosiers continues action on Saturday at the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.