Indiana high jumper Derek Drouin became the first five-time high jump champion in NCAA history today.
The senior cleared 7 feet, eight inches to beat Kansas State jumper Erik Kynard. Kynard had won each of the last two outdoor NCAA titles, while Drouin won the outdoor title in 2010 and three indoor championships.
Drouin, who earned a bronze medal in the high jump during the 2012 Olympics, attempted a 7-10 clearance after his title-winning jump. A clearance of 7-10 would have given Drouin the collegiate record in his event, but the Canadian could not complete the jump.
Fort Wayne native and Carroll graduate Robby Nierman made it to the finals in the steeplechase and placed 12th in the event. The IU junior was competing in his first national championship.
Leo grad Andy Bayer, who is also a Hoosier, will compete in the finals of the 1,500-meter run Saturday. He is the reigning champion in the outdoor competition.
Fellow Leo graduate Sophie Gutermuth competed in the pole vault finals Friday. The freshman was unable to clear the bar on her three jumps.