March 13, 2011
For the third straight year, Indiana and Minnesota led all Big Ten conference teams at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Hoosiers and Gophers both tied with 27 team points at the conclusion of the two-day event. Iowa racked up 20 points as the Hawkeyes tied for eighth place, followed by Penn State tied for 11th place with 16 team points. Illinois earned 23 points while Purdue, Michigan State and Wisconsin tallied 4.50, 4.00 and 3.00 respective team points.
Andrew Riley of Illinois grabbed his first NCAA Indoor title, sprinting to victory in the 60-Meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.58. Riley's mark is the fastest time in the country this season, breaking his own school record and the facility record at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium for the second day in a row.
Hoosier junior Derek Drouin claimed his third NCAA title in the high jump, breaking the all-time Big Ten indoor record with a clearance of 2.33m (7-7.75). Drouin's 10 points moves him to 38 for his career, which is fifth most in Indiana history. In the 3,000-Meter run, Andrew Bayer finished with a bronze-medal performance, finishing with a time of 8:04.70 while teammate Andrew Poore earned a seventh place finish, crossing the finish line at 8:06.00.
Minnesota's Micah Hegerle took home eighth place in the weight throw, with a mark of 20.67 (67-9 ¾) while Ben Blankenship finished runner up in the 3,000 meter run in a time of 8:04.65. Harun Abda added a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters running a time of 1:49.51. All three earned All-America honors.
Penn State's Brady Gehret and Ryan Foster both grabbed a bronze-medal finish in the 400-meter dash and one-mile run, with respective times of 46.22 and 4:00.17. The Nittany Lions' finish is the highest since 1975 and the second-highest indoor effort in the men's record books.
Purdue earned five team points in Geoff Davis' fourth-place performance in the high jump, with a mark of 2.20 meters (7-2 ½) on his first attempt Saturday. Davis' became the first Boilermaker to score in the men's high jump since 2003 and the fifth in school history to score in the event at the national indoor meet.