Indiana Takes Early Lead on Day One
Feb. 26, 2011
With six events in the books, Indiana surged to an early lead after the first day of competition at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. The Hoosiers began the competition with five top-four finishes, including one individual title to compile 46 team points. Minnesota collected 39 points on the strength of a individual top finish to edge Purdue (31) for the runner-up spot after Day One. Ohio State (25) and Michigan (17.50) currently occupy the remaining top-five positions.
Indiana went one-two in the shot put with senior Faith Sherrill capturing her second Big Ten indoor title of her career, setting a new meet record with a throw of 17.73 (58-2). The Hoosiers posted additional points in the pole vault as Kelsie Ahbe took second with a clearance of 4.05m (13-3.5), while teammate Vera Neuenswaner and Stephanie Chin each cleared 3.95m (12.11.5) to take fourth and sixth respectively.
Minnesota's Samantha Sonnenberg improved upon her runner-up finish last year to capture the the indoor pole vault title on Saturday with a clearance of 4.15 meters (13-07). The Gophers also earned two runner-up finishes in the distance medley (11:21.61) and the long jump (6.17m).
Purdue garnered a Big Ten Champion with Leah Eber in the long jump with a career best mark of 6.27 meters, becoming the fourth Boilermaker to win a Big Ten Indoor title in the last five years.
The Spartans nabbed their first Big Ten title of the event as senior distance runner Emily MacLeod captured top honors in the 3,000-meter run (9:22.83).
Michigan collected its first Big Ten title on the strength of a winning effort in the distance medley relay for the second consecutive year, clocking a time of 11:17.34.
Wisconsin's Dorcas Akinniyi posted 3929 points to claim top honors in the pentathlon for the second consecutive year.
Big Ten Championships action conitnues Sunday at Lambert Fieldhouse on Purdue University's campus. The Day begins with the high jump at 12:30 ET and wraps up with the 4x400-meter relay.