Ohio State Surges to Early Lead After Day One at Big Ten Championships

Penn State's Joe Kovacs captured the conference crown in the shot put with a toss of 19.84 meters.

Penn State's Joe Kovacs captured the conference crown in the shot put with a toss of 19.84 meters.

Feb. 26, 2011

Big Ten Championships Central

Day One Results

Ohio State had a strong showing on the opening day of the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, collecting four medals, including a gold-winning performance in the long jump to take the lead with 34 team points after Day One. Minnesota follows close behind in second place with 30 team tallies while Indiana with 28.50, rounds out the top three.

The Buckeyes'Michael Hartfield captured his first Big Ten title of his career with a personal-best jump of 7.85m (25-9.25) and third-best mark in school indoor history. Teammate Korbin Smith, helped Ohio State pull off a one-two sweep with his runner-up jump of 7.51m (24-7.75), a season-best performance.

Defending champion Minnesota continued their winning ways in the distance medley relay in a time of 9:50.58.

Indiana's Andy Bayer claimed the 3,000 meter title, finishing in 7:59.68 to better the University of Illinois Armory record by nearly four seconds.

Illinois freshman Matthew Bane became Illinois' first Big Ten pole vault champion since 2000 after winning the event with a personal-best height of 17-3.75 (5.28m).

"It feels amazing," Bane said. "I came out here just hoping to score points and this was a bonus. We have put in so much work to get here, and this is the meet we have been preparing for all season. To come out and perform well makes everything worth it."

Penn State earned major team points with the Big Ten title of Joe Kovacs in the shot put. The Nittany Lion captured the conference crown with a toss of 19.84 meters.

The second and final day of competition begins Sunday with the Heptathlon at 10 a.m. CT at the University of Illinois Armory. The remaining Heptathlon events include the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run. Individual events will begin at 12 p.m. CT with the high jump and will conclude with the mile relay at 3:45 p.m. CT.