Big Ten Earns Two National Titles on Third Day of NCAA Championships

June 8, 2012

Championships Central

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful third day at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as Illinois' Andrew Riley and Ashley Spencer were crowned national champions. Riley took top honors in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.28, while Spencer placed first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line at 50.95. The Big Ten has now won three event titles at the championships, with Nebraska's Chad Wright claiming the discus crown on Wednesday.

The conference also posted several top-eight finishes on the day, led by Iowa's Erik Sowinski (1:45.90) placing second in the 800-meter run, while fellow Hawkeye Troy Doris (triple jump, 16.48 meters) recorded a fifth-place finish. Minnesota's trio of Hassan Mead (5,000-meter run, 13:42.53), Quentin Mege (hammer, 64.90) and Micah Hegerle (hammer, 63.90) placed fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, in their events. Wisconsin's Mohammed Ahmed was the second Big Ten runner to place within the top eight in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the line at 13:50.32 to take seventh place. Penn State's Brady Gehret (400-meter dash, 45.46) and Ohio State's Antonio Blanks (400-meter hurdles, 50.49) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in their events.

In the heptathlon, a trio of Badgers recorded top-10 performances as Jessica Flax (fourth, 5,826), Dorcas Akinniyi, 5,733) and Deanna Latham (10th, 5,606) paced the conference in the multi-event.

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