June 10, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - Eleven Big Ten student-athletes earned top-eight finishes en route to first-team All-America accolades in their respective events on Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Additionally, 10 student-athletes picked up second-team All-America honors on Day 3 after placing in the top 16 in their events.
On the men's side, Indiana's Andrew Poore and De'Sean Turner placed third and sixth, respectively, to lead four Big Ten runners in the top 10 of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Penn State's Joe Kovacs took third in the shot put, while teammate Casimir Loxsom placed fourth in the 800-meter run. Purdue's Geoff Davis finished sixth in the high jump while Illinois' Stanley Azie turned in a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash and fellow Illini Cody Wisslead took eighth in the 400-meter hurdles.
In the women's finals, Indiana's Vera Neuenswander placed fourth and teammate Kelsie Ahbe took sixth in the pole vault. Michigan State's Emily MacLeod earned seventh place in the 5,000-meter run while Illinois' Ashley Kelly took eighth in the 400-meter dash. Penn State's 4x400-meter relay team qualified for the event finals, taking sixth in the qualifier.
The fourth and final day of competition gets underway at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday.