Feb. 26, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. -
Attached, please find the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships release. The event will be hosted by the SPIRE Institute from Feb. 28-March 1 in Geneva, Ohio.
BIG TEN WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
The SPIRE Institute is set to host the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Last year, Illinois took home its sixth Big Ten Championship and first since 1996, compiling 115 points en route to first-place honors. Nebraska finished second with 112 points, while Michigan placed third with 89 points. Penn State came in fourth with 73 points, and Ohio State recorded 66 points to round out the top five.
Penn State’s Mahogany Jones holds the conference’s top times in the 60- and 200-meter dashes this season. Her mark in the 60 meters is currently fifth nationally, while her 200-meter time is tied for eighth. Fellow Nittany Lion Kiah Seymour holds the Big Ten’s best time in the 400-meter dash, while Minnesota’s Alena Brooks tops the conference in both the 600- and 800-meter runs. Purdue’s Vanessa McLeod hopes to repeat as Big Ten Champion in the 800-meter run. Michigan’s Brook Handler and Erin Finn pace the conference in the one mile and 5,000-meter runs, respectively, while Michigan State’s Rachele Schulist has the Big Ten’s fastest time in the 3,000-meter run by over four seconds. In the 60-meter hurdles, Illinois’ Breeana Coleman has posted the conference’s best time this season.
In the field events, two Big Ten student-athletes look to repeat as conference champions. Illinois’ Stephanie Richartz (pole vault) and Indiana’s Kyla Buckley (shot put) posted first-place finishes at last year’s event. This season, Illinois’ Kandie Bloch-Jones and Nebraska’s Jazmin McCoy pace the Big Ten in the high jump and long jump, respectively, while Michigan State’s Tori Franklin has posted the Big Ten’s best triple-jump and the nation’s fourth-best mark. Purdue’s Dani Bunch tops the Big Ten in the weight throw and ranks second nationally. Wisconsin’s Deanna Latham holds the conference’s best effort in the pentathlon, which is good for fourth in the country.
BTN will air tape-delay coverage of the Big Ten Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 8.