May 15, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. -
Attached, please find the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships release. The event will be hosted by Purdue University from May 16-18 at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind.
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT
This year, the Big Ten is celebrating 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction, including 181 men’s and 60 women’s track & field athletes. Throughout the course of the year, the conference highlighted previous Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, featuring some of the legends of the Big Ten who have earned this prominent achievement.
BIG TEN MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
Purdue University and Rankin Track & Field will host the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled to begin Friday and run through Sunday. Nebraska looks for its second consecutive conference title after totaling 131.5 points at last year’s championships to earn its first Big Ten title. The Huskers were followed by Minnesota in second, Wisconsin in third, Illinois in fourth and Iowa in fifth.
In the running events, four conference competitors will look to defend their Big Ten titles from a season ago. Illinois’ Vanier Joseph and Stephon Pamilton aim to repeat as Big Ten Champions in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively. Iowa’s Ethan Holmes will try to become a two-time conference champion in the 400-meter hurdles, while Wisconsin’s Alex Brill looks for his second-straight crown in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Heading into the championships, Indiana’s Tretez Kinnaird paces the conference in the 800-meter run, while Nebraska’s Ricco Hall leads the Big Ten in the 200-meter dash. Penn State’s Brannon Kidder holds the nation’s fastest time in the 1,500-meter run, while Purdue’s Matt McClintock and Raheem Mostert are fastest in the Big Ten in the 10,000-meter run and 100-meter dash, respectively. Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed leads the conference in the 5,000-meter run this season.
In the field events, five conference champions return to defend their Big Ten crowns. Michigan State’s Antonio James (discus), Minnesota’s Zach Siegmeier (pole vault), Nebraska’s Chad Wright (shot put), Ohio State’s Billy Stanley (javelin) and Wisconsin’s Zach Ziemek (decathlon) won titles at last year’s championships. This season, Gopher Wally Ellenson leads the Big Ten in the high jump, while Husker Patrick Raedler paces the conference in the long jump. Penn State’s Steve Waithe holds the Big Ten’s best mark in the triple jump and Wisconsin’s Michael Lihrman has posted the conference’s best effort in the hammer throw this year.
Four squads appear in the latest USTFCCCA National Rankings heading into the championships. Wisconsin leads conference teams at No. 14 and is followed by No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Penn State and No. 20 Illinois.
BTN will televise the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 25.