Wisconsin Wins Fifth Outdoor Track & Field Title in Last Six Years
May 15, 2005
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Badgers dominated the rest of the field to claim the 2005 Big Ten Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships title here on Sunday (May 15) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Wisconsin claimed the lead after the first day of competition and never let up, racking up 174 points en route to back-to-back Big Ten outdoor track and field titles and their 15th such crown in school history. Under head coach Ed Nuttycombe, UW claimed the 2004 Big Ten cross country title, 2005 Big Ten indoor track and field title and completed the sweep of the track and field championships for the second consecutive season and the eighth time in school history with Sunday's win.
Wrapping up the teams standings: Indiana finished second with 111 points, Minnesota took home third with 97.50 points followed by Illinois with 95.50, Purdue with 70, Michigan with 66.50, Penn State with 66, Iowa with 53, Ohio State with 52.50 and Michigan State with 33 points.
Wisconsin would add to its first place point total by winning the 4x100-meter relay event to start the final day of competition. The Badger's team of Demi Omole, Dan Goesch, Jvontai Hanserd and Brian Calhoun claimed Wisconsin's second straight Big Ten outdoor title in the event with a time of 40.32. Illinois came in second place, just .25 seconds behind UW with a time of 40.57. Penn State and Ohio State each finished under 41 seconds at 40.81 and 40.88 for third and fourth place respectively.
In the penultimate turn of the 1,500 meters, Michigan's Nathan Brannen was making a charge toward the front when he was tripped up and went down to the track. The senior jumped up and fought all the way back to finish in fourth place with a time of 3:45.17. That left the door open for the Badger's who would capitalize and jump out to a big lead after taking the top two spots in the mile-long event. Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky took home first and second place honors for UW with times of 3:44.52 and 3:44.87, respectively. Last year's champion, Sean Jefferson of Indiana, came in third in a time of 3:44.94.
Wisconsin now held a 32 point lead over second place Minnesota's 62 points. Indiana rounded out the top three with 50 points.
That lead would increase for the Badger's after Paul Check won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.15. Purdue sophomore Ricky Pinkney was the runner-up, just one-tenth of a second behind check at 14.16. Indiana's Stephanos Ioannou took home third place honors with a time of 14.20.
After finishing second at Purdue in the shot put event at last year's outdoor championships, Purdue's Nedzad Mulabegovic went on to win the 2005 Big Ten crown. The senior recorded a top throw of 19.44 meters for the first place medal. Wisconsin's Joe Thomas added to the Badger's lead (now 47 points) by coming in second place in the shot put with a toss of 19.03 meters. Andy Banse of Iowa took home third place honors with a throw of 18.54 meters.
Indiana's David Neville repeated as Big Ten champion in the 400 meters. The sophomore won the event with a time of 45.89 to boost Indiana into second place in the team standings with 72 points. Illinois' Nathan Vadeboncouer and Michigan's Stan Waithe came in second and third place with times of 46.64 and 47.08, respectively.
Wisconsin's Demi Omole may be able to call himself the fastest man in the Big Ten after winning the 100-meter dash event in 10.35. The sophomore was last year's 100 meter champion with a time of 10.61. Purdue's Kenneth Baxter finished one-hundredth of a second behind Omole for second place at 10.36 while Ohio State junior Todd Dutch claimed third place with a time of 10.42.
In the 800 meters, Illinois' Zachery Glavash unseated the defending champion in the event, Andrew Ellerton of Michigan. A sophomore, Glavash won the event with a time of 1:47.80 with junior Ellerton in second at 1:48.72. The Fighting Illini's, Trammel Smith, came in third place with a time of 1:48.81.
Penn State's Jaret Campisi took home the first place medal in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 50.10 in the finals of the event. Illinois' junior Adrian Walker came in second place after crossing the finish line in 50.94. Michigan's Chris Stowe was one-of-three Wolverine's in the finals of 400-meter hurdles, and finished in third place with a time of 51.52.
Purdue's Kenneth Baxter returned to the top of the medal stand in the 200 meters for the first time since 2003. The senior won the 2005 Big Ten outdoor title in the event with a time of 20.98. Indiana's David Neville won the event last year at Purdue but wasn't able to repeat. The sophomore claimed second place with a time of 21.05. Ohio State's Todd Dutch crossed the finish line in 21.06 for third place.
Wisconsin gained a bigger lead after Darren Niedermeyer won the pole vault event by clearing 5.05 meters to gain 10 points for the Badger's and give them 144 points for the championships. The senior also won the event at the 2004 Big Ten championships. Illinois' John Adamsyck, Minnesota's Elliott Esch and Michigan State's Mark Langlois all cleared 4.95 meters with Adamsyck taking home second place based on fewer number of attempts to clear the 4.95 meter mark. The Golden Gopher's Esch was awarded third place on the second tie breaker of total missed attempts throughout the competition.
After winning the long jump on Saturday (May 14), Indiana's Aarik Wilson helped the Hoosiers accumulate points in their battle for second place by winning the triple jump contest. The senior defended his Big Ten Conference outdoor title in the event by jumping 16.26 meters for first place. Wisconsin's Alonzo Moore claimed second after he cleared 15.89 meters followed by Michael Whitehead of Wisconsin who jumped 15.74 meters for third place.
Michigan's Nick Willis picked up a Big Ten Conference title in the 5,000 meters. The junior won the event on Sunday with a time of 14:14.10. Andrew Carlson of Minnesota and Tim Keller of Wisconsin also medaled with times of 14:25.23 and 14:29.42 for second and third place respectively.
In the javelin competition, Bret Kershner of Penn State took home top honors with a throw of 64.58 meters. Wisconsin junior Nathan Brown won second place with a top toss of 63.75 meters while Iowa senior Bill Neumann rounded out the medal winners with a third place throw of 62.56 meters.
Although most of the final team standings were locked, the final event of the championships - the 4x400-meter relay - wasn't with out drama. Illinois claimed first place with a time of 3:07.44 while Indiana and Michigan battled it out for second place. The Hoosiers finished three-hundredths of a second ahead of the Wolverines for second place with a time of 3:09.02 compared to the Maize and Blue's time of 3:09.05.