NCAA Indoor Championships Continue
March 12, 2011
After the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Big Ten saw three squads land spots in the top-25 in the overall team standings with six events scored. Minnesota leads the conference trio in third place with 14 team points, while Indiana completed the opening day in 11th place with nine team points. Iowa comes in tied at 21st with four points.
Minnesota's Ben Peterson garnered eighth team points, finishing as the national runner-up in the pole vault. The Gopher senior is just the fourth vaulter in Minnesota history to clear the 18-foot barrier (18-0 1/2).Teammates Nick Hutton, Harun Abda, Travis Burkstrand and Ben Blankenship bettered their own school record clocking a time of 9 minutes, 29.70 seconds to earn a bronze-medal finish.
Wisconsin's Maverick Darling earned first-team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters in 13:36.65, the third-fastest time ever by a Wisconsin runner in the event.Teammate Zach Beth advanced to the 800-Meter Run finals today at 6:30 p.m. Central Time.
Indiana's Andrew Bayer led the distance medley relay team to a Indiana record time of 9:29.65 to earn second place and garner eigth points for the Hoosiers. The team of Bayer, Daniel Stockberger, Chris Vaughn and Joseph Holahan earned first-team All-America honors.
Four Hawkeyes advanced to the finals in their respective events, including sophomore Justin Austin in the 20-meter dash. He placed fifth in the finals with a new school record time of 20.83. Jeff Thode, Eric Sowinski and Jordan Mullen all compete in their events today.
Illinois' Andrew Riley broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 7.60, advancing to today's event final. Davis Fraker will also compete in today's weight throw final, slated for 5 p.m. CT. Fraker is the first Illini to qualify for the nationals in the event in school history.
Ryan Foster and Brady Gehret will represent Penn State in today's mile and 400-meter finals, respectively.
Ohio State's Max Mays will compete for the Buckeyes in the finals of the weight throw.
Go to NCAA Championships Centralto follow the final day of the NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships.