May 11, 2007
Iowa and Minnesota are tied for first place with 18 team points apiece after Day One of the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Nittany Lion Track on the Penn State University campus. The Hawkeyes and Gophers each earned a share of the top spot with well-balanced attacks in both the track and field events.
Purdue, Illinois and Ohio State are all tied for third with eight points each, while host Penn State sits in sixth with seven points. Rounding out the field, Wisconsin is in seventh (6), Michigan is eighth (4) and Indiana is in ninth (1).
The Gophers jumped out to an early team lead with two top-five finishers in the hammer throw. Senior Adam Schnaible claimed first with a toss of 210'04", while sophomore Andy Bastian followed in fifth at 197'05".
The 2006 winner in the hammer, Iowa's Adam Hamilton came in second at 206'04", while Purdue's Ben Harpenau took the third spot on the podium at 199'04".
In the only other event final of the day, the Hawkeyes claimed first-place points in the 10,000-meter run as Micah VanDenend clocked in at 30:28.50. The senior ran with the front pack for the duration of the race and made his break in the final lap to earn the win.
Illinois' Trent Hoerr came in second with a time of 30:32.17 while Wisconsin's Christian Wagner placed third at 30:34.99.
Minnesota also claimed team points in the event as senior Antonio Vega placed fifth with a time of 30:42.81. Penn State's Dan Mazzocco rounded out the top five at 30:37.52 for fourth.
Day 1 of the championships began with the men's decathlon as Nathan Brown of Wisconsin currently owns the individual lead with 4056 points halfway through the event.
Brown opened the competition with an eighth-place finish in the 100 meters (11.42), but then came back strong with first-place finishes in the long jump (22'09") and the shot put (52'09.25"). The senior's mark in the shot put outdistanced the field by nearly 10 feet as Penn State's Chris Morrisey came in second at 42'11.00". Brown then closed out the day finishing second in the high jump (6'08.25") and sixth in the 400 meters (50.46).
Wisconsin's Joe Detmer currently sits in second in the decathlon on the strength of a first-place finish in the 400 meters. The senior clocked in at 47.69, outrunning his closest competitor, Shawn Colligan from Penn State (48.91), by over a second. Detmer also racked up major points in the long jump (22'08"), placing second.
Penn State's James Myles jumped out to the first lead in the decathlon, winning the 100 meters with a time of 11:04. Myles narrowly edged out his teammate Colligan, who clocked in first in his heat and second overall at 11:09.
Purdue's Lance Moe made a major leap in the decathlon standings with a strong performance in the high jump. The freshman leapt two marks higher than Brown, his closest competitor, clearing 6'10.75" to earn 896 points. Moe's performance in the high jump moved him from 11th to fifth in the individual standings. The Boilermaker finished 13th in the 400 meters (53.43) and currently sits in sixth.
The 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles. Follow all the action at bigten.org.