Minnesota Surges to Early Lead after Day One at Big Ten Championships

Feb. 27, 2010

Minnesota had a strong showing on the opening day of the Men's Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships, collecting four medals, including a pair of gold-winning performances in the shot put and pole vault competitions to take the lead with 49.50 team points after Day One. Ohio State follows close behind in second place with 40.50 team tallies while  Purdue (31) rounds out the top three.

Gopher senior Aaron Studt repeated as shot put champion in dramatic fashion capturing the title with his final throw of the day with a toss of 19.37 meters.

The Championships host continued their winning ways in the pole vault as Minnesota junior Ben Peterson captured his first Big Ten title with a winning height of 5.35 meters. The clearance marked a personal best for his career and was just enough to edge Purdue’s Eric Sparks (5.30m) for the top spot. Joining Peterson on the podium was Gopher teammate Brock Spandl, who placed third (5.20m).

Ohio State’s Jeff See claimed top honors in the 3,000-meter race, clocking an 8:06.46 to lead a one-two Buckeye finish in the event as sophomore teammate Adam Green finished second (8:09.07).  After making a push to pull into the lead Minnesota senior Chris Rombough lost a shoe and continued to run the final seven laps with only one shoe to earn bronze with a time of 8:10.11. 

Michigan picked up its first Big Ten title with a winning effort in the long jump. Junior Robert Peddlar leaped 7.32 meters to improve upon his third-place finish from a year ago.

The Wolverines were forced to settle for second in the distance medley relay as Wisconsin’s foursome bettered the field by nearly three full seconds for the Big Ten title.

The second and final day of competition begins Sunday with the Heptathlon at 11:20 a.m. ET at Minnesota University Fieldhouse. The remaining Heptathlon events include the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run. Individual events will begin at 1 p.m. ET with the triple jump and will conclude with the mile relay at 3:25 p.m. ET.

Day One Results

Team Standings | Day One | Five Events Scored
1) Minnesota (49.5)
2) Ohio State (40.5)
3) Purdue (31)
4) Michigan (19)
5) Wisconsin (15)
6) Penn State (14)
7) Indiana (9)
8) Iowa (7)
8) Michigan State (7)
10) Illinois (3)