June 11, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships came to a close on Saturday, with 11 Big Ten student-athletes taking home first-team All-America honors on the final day of competition. In the team standings, Illinois finished 12th to lead the men's teams while the Indiana women's team earned the best finish among conference teams, tying for 23rd.
Ohio State's Christina Manning and Letecia Wright picked up top-five finishes in the women's 100-meter hurdles, placing second and fifth, respectively. A pair of conference competitors also earned first-team All-America laurels in the shot put as Indiana's Faith Sherrill finished fourth and Purdue's Stacey Wannemacher took eighth. Wisconsin's Dorcas Akinniyi placed sixth in the heptathlon, followed by teammate Jessica Flax in seventh. Wrapping up the group of top-eight finishes was Penn State's 4x400-meter relay team, which earned a fourth-place finish.
Illinois' Andrew Riley earned a runner-up finish in the 110-meter hurdles, while Iowa's Troy Doris placed fifth in the triple jump. A pair of men's 4x100-meter relay teams also placed in the top eight with Illinois taking third and Indiana placing seventh.