2011 Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Final Release
April 12, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. -
For the third straight season, 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 to finish in sixth place. Iowa racked up 20 points as the Hawkeyes tied for eighth place, followed by Penn State, which tied for 11th place with 16 points. Illinois earned 10 points (T22)while Purdue finished tied for 44th place (4.50), Michigan State tied at 46th place (4.00) and Wisconsin (3.00) tied at 50th place to round out the conference contingent.
Hoosier junior Derek Drouin earned his third NCAA crown, clearing 2.33m (7-7.75) to claim gold in the high jump. Drouin's 10 points brings his career total to 38 NCAA championships points, which is fifth most in Indiana history.
Illinois' Andrew Riley 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 was the fastest time in the country this season, and broke his own school record and the facility record at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Prior to the national meet, Minneosta captured the conference crown at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Champaign, Ill. The Golden Gophers collected three individiual titles and one relay title en route to their third straight Big Ten indoor championship. The victory marked the fourth overall in program history.
The Gophers totaled 117.33 team points, Indiana was second with 104.50 points and Wisconsin was third with 96.00 points.
Indiana's Andrew Bayer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Indiana's Drouin earned the nod as Field Athlete of the Year. Wisconsin's Jay Cato was tabbed Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches while Golden Gopher head coach Steve Plasencia was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Bayer and Drouin were recognized as Track and Field Athlete of the Championships, respectively.