May 13, 2005
COLUMBUS, OHIO - After Friday's (May 13) first day of competition at the 2005 Big Ten Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships the race for the team title is still anyone's for the taking. Wisconsin is in the early lead after only two events in the books here at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Badger's have 22 points with Purdue in second at 15 points and Minnesota in third at 14 points. Rounding out the rest of the teams after day one is Iowa with eight, Illinois and Ohio State tied at six, Penn State with four, Indiana with two and Michigan with one point. Michigan State has yet to collect any team points early in the championships.
The first day of competition featured five of the ten events in the decathlon competition. Indiana's Jake Wiseman started out in first after winning the opening two events of the championships, the 100 meters and the long jump. The senior ran a 10.93 in the 100 and jumped 7.03 meters to take the early lead. Wiseman came in third place at the 2004 championships in the decathlon
Wisconsin junior Nathan Brown jumped from second to first place after winning the shot put event in convincing fashion. The Badger decathlete bested the competition by almost two meters with a throw of 15.08 meters.
Fellow Badgers Ben Roland and Peter Dykstra tied for first in the high jump portion of the decathlon after clearing 1.96 meters. Brown would come in third place in the event to maintain his overall lead after he jumped over 1.93 meters. Brown would claim fifth place in the 400 meters with a time of 51.64, but would maintain his overall lead and end the first day of competition as the leader in the all-around event.
The first medal of the championships was awarded to J.P. Smolenski of Purdue after he won the hammer throw event by logging a throw of 63.35 meters. The senior finished sixth at Purdue a year ago. Chris Voller of Iowa took home second place honors with a throw of 62.80 meters while Brian Duby of Ohio State improved on his seventh place showing a year ago by claiming third place with a throw of 60.15 meters.
A lengthy weather delay proved to be worth the wait to see the finals of the 10,000 meters. Wisconsin's Simon Bairu and Tim Nelson rounded the final turn with Bairu in the lead by half-a-step. Down the stretch both runners pulled neck-and-neck but it was Nelson who found and extra boost to pass his teammate and win the Big Ten title in the 10,000 meters by .23 seconds. A sophomore, Nelson finished the event in 30:22.31 with Bairu - a junior - clocking in at 30:22.54. Minnesota's Antoniro Vega finished in a close third place, crossing the finish line in 30:26.51.
The first and second place finish by Wisconsin runners gave the Badger's the lead they will take into Saturday's (May 14) second day of competition. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. eastern time with the continuation of the decathlon competition from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium here on the campus of The Ohio State University.