Badgers Grab Team Lead on Day Two of Championships
May 12, 2007
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - Wisconsin leads the team standings with 65 points after the second day of competition at the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships. On an overcast day that saw sporadic rain and lightning delays, the Badgers racked up big team points on the strength of Joe Detmer's first-place performance in the decathlon as well as Brandon Bethke and Codie See's one-two finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Minnesota currently sits in second with 46 points while host Penn State is in third with 39. Iowa is in fourth at 31.5, while Purdue rounds out the top five with 30 team points. Completing the field, Indiana is sixth (21), Illinois is seventh (20.5), Ohio State is eighth (15) and Michigan is ninth (5).
Wisconsin recorded its first event win of the championships as Detmer earned the top spot in the decathlon with a combined total of 7278. Detmer's teammate and last year's champion Nathan Brown held the lead in the event until the pole vault, where he did not record a height, paving the way for Detmer, who entered the day second in the standings.
Detmer finished in a tie for third in the vault to take over the top spot. The senior maintained his lead through the end, punctuating the victory with a first-place finish in the 1500 meters in a time of 4:34.37.
Brown started and ended the day strong, finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.97), first in the discus (137'04"), first in the javelin (188'00") and second in the 1500 meters (4:34.45). Brown ended the event in fourth place with 7025 points.
Penn State claimed the second- and third-place finishers in the decathlon as Chris Morrisey came in with 7095 points and Shawn Colligan followed at 7041. Morrisey entered the day in third, but moved up one spot behind top-five finishes in the hurdles (15.05), pole vault (13'07.25") and javelin (164'03"). Colligan also moved up one spot from Friday, notching top-five finishes in the hurdles (15.08) and 1500 meters (4:41.80).
The Badgers received a major boost in the team standings in the final event of the day as Bethke and See finished neck-and-neck in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Illinois' Jon Houseworth was out in front for much of the early laps, but See broke away with three laps remaining to take a short-lived lead. Bethke, a freshman, pushed ahead of his senior teammate with 300 meters remaining and held on to win by .12 seconds.
Bethke's winning time was 8:57.69 while See clocked in at 8:57.81. Ben Puhl of Minnesota finished third at 9:03.81, while Glenn Collins of Ohio State (9:05.06), Andrew Napier of Iowa (9:06.65) and Houseworth of Illinois (9:06.66) all clocked in under the regional qualifying standard.
Indiana claimed its first event title of the championships as Kiwan Lawson leapt for a distance of 25'06.75" in the long jump. Last year's champion, Derek Gearman of Minnesota held the lead going into the last throw at 25'06.00", but Lawson managed the extra three-quarters of an inch to get the gold medal.
Gearman's distance placed him second while Illinois' Nick Brown took third place at 24'10.50", and Wisconsin claimed the fourth- and fifth-place finishers in Paul Hubbard (24'07.25") and Joe Conway (24'06.25"). The top five athletes all qualified for NCAA Regionals, as did Ryan Kleintop of Penn State (24'05.50") and Nolan Petties of Purdue (24'04.50").
Ryan Fritz gave Penn State a major lift in the team standings with a first-place leap of 7'01.75" in the high jump. The distance was over a six-inch improvement from the 2006 championships when he finished eighth.
Gearman recorded his second consecutive second-place finish, leaping for a distance of 7'00.25", while Zach McCullom aided Wisconsin's cause, finishing third at 6'09.00". Both Fritz and Gearman qualified for NCAA Regionals with their jumps.
Also in the field, Purdue's Jon Pullum gave the Boilermakers their first win of the championships with a throw of 177'07" in the discus. The freshman reached the mark on his very first throw of the finals competition.
Iowa's A.J. Curtis finished in second with a distance of 172'01", moving up six spots from his eighth-place finish in 2006. Indiana's Eric Werskey completed the podium with a throw of 171'11" to help the Hoosiers make a run in the team standings. Each of the day's top three discus throws surpassed NCAA Regional standards.
On the track, Wisconsin will have a chance to win its fourth consecutive 4x100 relay as the Badger quartet clocked in at 40.27 to finish first in the qualifier. Indiana placed first in its heat and second overall to record a time of 40.41.
Minnesota (40.51), Ohio State (40.86), Purdue (40.95), Michigan (41.12), Michigan State (41.24), Illinois (41.38) and Penn Sate (41.54) will also run in Sunday's final.
The Badgers also qualified three runners for the 1500-meter run, including defending champion Chris Solinsky, who clocked the day's best time of 3:51.24. Craig Miller (3:51.35) and John Bolas (3:53.29) will also run in the finals for Wisconsin, while Michigan's Justin Switzer (3:55.76), Mike Woods (3:54.25) and Sean McNamara (3:53.17), Ohio State's Chad Balyo (3:53.43) and Taylor Candella (3:57.43), Michigan State's Jim Pancoast (3:56.44) and Ian Boyle (3:51.43), Minnesota's Eddie Kibira and Penn State's Brian Fuller round out Sunday's field.
The 400-meter trials belonged to Illinois' Lesiba Masheto who clocked in at a regionally qualifying time of 46.51. Purdue's Jh'Rome Tuggle finished first in his heat and second overall to qualify for Sunday's finals and NCAA Regionals at 46.67, while Minnesota's Aaron Buzard was first in the second heat and third overall at 46.85, also meeting the NCAA Regional mark. Wisconsin's James Groce clocked the day's fourth regional qualifying time in the event at 46.85.
Iowa's Prince Riley (47.23), Indiana's Doug Dayhoff (47.76) and John Gunnell (47.78), Michigan's Andrew Wechter (47.45) and Ohio State's Gerald Griffin (47.66) also advanced to Sunday's 400-meter finals.
Demi Omole will go for his fourth straight Big Ten title in the 100-meter dash after qualifying for Sunday's finals with a time of 10.62 to lead the field in the preliminaries. Michigan's Adam Harris finished first in his heat and second overall to qualify at 10.69, while Minnesota's Ibrahim Kabia was right on his heels at 10.70.
Iowa's Paul Chaney (10.89) and Lee Elbert (10.99), Ohio State's Anthony Cole (10.79), Purdue's Rickey Pinkney (10.83), Indiana's Marcus Thigpen (10.84) and Michigan State's Ryan McMillian (10.94) also qualified to sprint in Sunday's finals.
Last year's 110-meter hurdles champion, Jeff Porter of Michigan notched the fastest time at Saturday's preliminaries, clocking in at 14.00. Purdue's Keith Hopkins, who recorded the fastest regular-season time in the conference this year, took first in his heat and third overall at 14.22 to advance to Sunday's finals. Hopkins' teammate Rickey Pinkney placed second overall at 14:21, while Brian Kaluf became the third Boilermaker to qualify in the event with a time of 14.74.
Michigan State's John Childress (14.24), Penn State's Ron Jules (14.54), Illinois' Bryan Pratt (14.61) and Wisconsin's Nate Larkin (14.61) round out the field for Sunday's finals hurdles race.
Iowa's Adam Hairston and Penn State's Mark Miller both recorded NCAA Regional qualifying times in the 800 meter preliminaries, clocking in first and second, respectively. Hairston finished first overall with a time of 1:49.99, while Miller took first in his heat and second overall at 1:50.23. The regular season leader, Andrew Ellerton took first in his heat, finishing third overall at 1:50.51, while Minnesota's Hans Storvick was the final heat winner with a time of 1:51.86.
Also running in Sunday's finals are Illinois' Trammel Smith (1:50.56), Minnesota's Walter Langkau (1:50.74), Michigan's John D'Arcy (1:51.13), Ohio State's Joe Gourley (1:51.26) and Michigan State's Bobby Sherman (1:51.42).
Owning the second-fastest time in the Big Ten during the regular season, Purdue's Jh'Rome Tuggle clocked in first at 20.94 in the 200-meter preliminaries, just in front of Omole who took first in his heat at 21.04. Michigan's Adam Harris took first in heat three with a time of 21.18, as all three heat winners recorded regional qualifying marks.
Illinois' Masheto (21.38), Ohio State's Griffin (21.45), Minnesota's Aaron Buzard (21.61), Indiana's Lawson (21.50) and Keith Heerdegen (21.62) and Iowa's Chaney (21.61) also qualified for the finals race on Sunday.
The Illini recorded the top two finishes in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries as senior Adrian Walker took first overall at 50.70, and freshman Joey Hodges placed first in his heat and third overall at 51.69. Ohio State's Elon Simms recorded the second-fastest time at 51.22, while teammate Matt Comer (51.89), Iowa's Ray Varner (51.91) and Indiana's Ryan Smith (51.95) all qualified for Sunday's finals as well as NCAA Regionals.
Purdue's Brian Kaluf (52.17) and Penn State's Caleb Hood (53.01) and Adam Stanowick (53.55) round out the field for Sunday's finals.
The final day of the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships gets underway on Sunday at 11:40 a.m. ET, beginning with the trials and finals of the women's triple jump. The men's events begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with the shot put trials and finals.
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