NCAA Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships Wrap Up
March 13, 2007
Wisconsin became the first-ever Big Ten men's indoor track and field team to take home a national championship as it came away with a first-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 8-10 on the University of Arkansas campus.
Wisconsin senior Chris Solinsky was one of two Big Ten individual winners at the event as he took home the gold in the 5,000-meter run. Michigan's Jeff Porter also came away with a first-place finish as he became the first Big Ten athlete to win the 60-meter hurdles.
The Badgers totaled 40 team points to out-distance second-place Florida State by five. Michigan was the conference's next-best finisher in sixth with 23 team points.
Big Ten athletes recorded points on 15 occasions with seven top-three finishes. Solinsky came just shy of his third consecutive 3,000 meter championship, placing second with a time of 7:51.69. Wisconsin's Demi Omole took second in the 60-meter dash while its distance medley relay squad of Craig Miller, James Groce, Joe Pierre and Jack Bolas finished third.
Also reaching the podium for the Big Ten, Minnesota's Aaron Buzard earned second place in the 400-meter run, and Michigan's Andrew Ellerton took silver in the 800 meters.
Six different teams competed in at least one finals event while five of the conference's squads recorded team points.
Behind Wisconsin and Michigan, Minnesota tied for 16th with 12 points, Penn State and Illinois tied for 47th with four points each, and Indiana finished in a tie for 51st with three points.
The Big Ten men's outdoor track and field season begins this weekend as Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are all in action.