June 9, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - Five Big Ten student-athletes advanced to their respective event finals during qualifiers at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. Inclement weather forced an early end to the day of competition, but the unfinished events will conclude on Friday.
Two Ohio State student-athletes turned in top-three times in the women's 100-meter hurdles qualifier as Christina Manning took second and Letecia Wright placed third to move on to the finals. Two Big Ten runners also moved on to the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals as Illinois' Chantelle Groenewoud finished ninth and Indiana's Sarah Pease placed 11th on Thursday. Illinois' Andrew Riley took second in the men's 100-meter hurdles qualifier to round out the conference contingent of event finalists for the day.
Several event finals also took place on Thursday, with four Big Ten student-athletes earning second-team All-America status. In the women's high jump finals, Purdue's Emily Breslin tied for ninth and Wisconsin's Monika Jakutyte took 11th to reel in second-team laurels. Penn State's Karlee McQuillen placed 10th in the women's javelin while Minnesota's Micah Hegerle placed 12th in the men's hammer throw to receive the same honor.
Friday's competition gets underway at 10:30 a.m. CT.