Drouin jumps 2.33m and a new Canadian record in women’s 4x800m relay at Penn Relays

Derek Drouin

Derek Drouin

Derek Drouin wins Penn Relays in 2.33m today with his personal best outdoors.  He secures a second spot ranking in the world this year behind rival Erik Kynard of the USA who leads with his 2.34m at Mt SAC last weekend.  The Indiana University senior said

“The Penn Relays has a different feeling then any other meet. It’s not everyday that you get to jump in front of this many people, and this many track knowledgeable fans.” “To prepare I do what I do for every meet. I just listen to my coach and do what he says.” ” I’m happy with my jump, but I would have at least liked to get that next bar. Over all I am satisfied.” “I wont be in college so I dont know when I will be able to come back, but I would love to be invited again.” U “Hopefully after college I will be jumping professionally for a couple of years and then go back to school. ” “Being in London was unbelievable, hopefully I will be able to compete in a couple more Olympics.” “The competition was strong, the high jump had gotten increasingly better within the past couple of years, so it’s very good always have competition were ever you go.” “Today was my personal best in outdoors high jump.” “I take a lot of pride in representing Indiana, and I’m upset that its coming to an end. I have two more meets left so will definitly be savoring that experience.”

Canada’s 4x800m team of Melissa Bishop (2:02.2), Karen Belleau-Beliveau (2:03.2), Diane Cummins(2:02.9) and Lemlem Ogbasilassie (2:06.0) smashed the Canadian record by almost 14 seconds as they recorded 8:14.85 in fifth place. The old record of  8:28.55 set in 2003  is remarkable because veteran, Diane Cummins was on both these teams. This certainly breaks the expectation of an athlete slowing down with age. Diane born in 1974, seems ready to challenge that stereotype just as Gordie Howe did in hockey.  Diane is still the Canadian record holder with her 1:58.39.  Last year she did 2:00.55 to rank number 3 in Canada behind Melissa Bishop (1:59.82 and Jessica Smith (1:59.86).

Canada’s other teams  results at the Penn Relays

4x100m men: 39.48 (Richards-Kwok, Warner, Connaughton, Lawrence) 5th.

4x100m women: 44.13 (Emmanuel, Hyacinthe, Davis Bingham) 7th.

4x400m men: 3:07.99 (Osei, Harris, Biocchi, Frenke) 8th.

4x400m women: 3:36.53 (Brown, Montcalm, Muir, Nelson) 8th.

Distance Medley: 9:29.15 (Smith 2:53..5, Robertson 46.0, Harris 1:47.3, Lincoln 4:02.4) 7th.