NCAA Indoor Championships Day One

March 13, 2010

After the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Big Ten saw three squads land spots in the top-15 in the overall team standings with six events scored. Minnesota leads the conference trio in ninth place with nine team points, while Indiana trails closely behind in a tie for 10th place with eight team tallies. Penn State completed the opening day of competition in the 13th spot with seven points.

Nittany Lion junior Joe Kovacs led a cadre of Big Ten hurlers in the shot put competition. The Nazareth, Pa., native captured bronze-medal honors with a mark of 19.18 meters (62-11.25) to earn the hardware. PSU teammate Blake Eaton recorded an eighth-place finish after launching an effort of 18.44 meters (60-6) on his fifth throw. For their efforts, Kovacs and Eaton became the fifth and sixth Indoor All-Americans in the shot put in the Nittany Lion record books, and the first Lions to capture top-eight finishes in the event since Phil Caraher finished third in 1991.

Minnesota’s Aaron Studt tallied three team points toward the Golden Gophers’ cause with a sixth-place finish in the shot put competition on the strength of an 18.73-meter (61-5.5) throw.

Indiana’s Jeff Coover cleared.45m (17-10.5) for third place in the men's pole vault. The finish is the best in the career of the La Jolla, Calif., native and is the best in the pole vault for a Hoosier since Mark Buse took third in the event at the 1995 outdoor meet. Coover is now a three-time All-American, as he posted a fourth-place finish at the 2009 indoor meet and took seventh outdoors in 2008. Coover scored six points for the Hoosiers.

Full Recap

Complete Results

Men - Team Rankings - Six Events Scored
1) Arkansas 24
2) Florida 20
3) Florida State 14
4) Arizona State 12
5) Texas A&M 10
5) Northern Arizona 10
5) Oregon 10
5) Washington 10
9) Minnesota 9
10) Indiana 8
10) Liberty 8
10) Rice 8

13) Penn State 7