June 16, 2005
The 2005 Big Ten Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field seasons have come to a close, after competition concluded at the NCAA Championships, June 8-11 at the Hornet Stadium in the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Of the 91 Big Ten student-athletes competing, 18 were tabbed All-Americans, while one was an NCAA runner-up.
All 10 Conference men's teams and a total of 49 entries were represented at the meet. Four third-place finishes were recorded on the men's side led by Indiana senior and Big Ten Athlete of the Year Aarik Wilson, who captured third in both the long jump and the triple jump. Wisconsin's Demi Omole took home third place in the 100 meter dash, while Michigan's Nick Willis earned the bronze in the 5,000 meters. A trio of Conference standouts earned top-five finishes in their respective events, as Michigan's Andrew Ellerton claimed fifth in the 800 meters, as did Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp in the 5,000 meters and Purdue's John Paul Smolenski in the hammer throw.
In team results, Indiana (14 pts) finished 19th, followed by Wisconsin (12) in 26th and Michigan (10) in 29th. Other Conference notables were Purdue (4) in 46th, Ohio State (1.5) in 66th and Minnesota (1) in 67th.
On the women's side, each of the 10 Conference squads and a total of 46 participants were represented. Illinois' Cassie Hunt, who earned the highest seed (No. 3) of any Big Ten female student-athlete, finished as the national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Seven student-athletes earned All-America status as they finished in the top-eight of their respective events. In addition to Hunt, Michigan's Katie Erdman placed fourth in the 800 meters, Ohio State's Rosalind Goodwin was fifth in the triple jump, Michigan's Lindsay Gallo placed sixth in the 1,500 meters, while Iowa's Kineke Alexander (400 meters) and Penn State's Jen Leatherman (hammer throw) each finished seventh. Leatherman's teammate, Diana Bruch, placed eighth in the javelin.
Illinois and Michigan each finished tied for 29th with eight points each, while Ohio State (4 pts) was 51st, Penn State (3) 57th and Iowa (2) placed 62nd.