Penn State Wins Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships




March 1, 2014

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Penn State Wins Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships

The Penn State women won the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Nittany Lions posted three individual crowns and one relay title to claim the championship. The title marks Penn State’s third overall and first since 2010.

Penn State totaled 114.50 points en route to the championship, while Michigan (104 points) and Nebraska (92 points) came in second and third, respectively. Minnesota finished in fourth place with 64.50 points, while Purdue rounded out the top five with 53 points.

The Nittany Lions picked up first-place finishes from Tori Gerlach (3,000-meter run), Mahagony Jones (200-meter dash) and Kiah Seymour (400-meter dash) and the 4x400-meter relay team made up of Jones, Seymour, Dynasty McGee and Tichina Rhoades.

The Wolverines tallied four first-place finishes at the championships, including Erin Busbee (long jump), Erin Finn (5,000-meter run), Cindy Ofili (60-meter hurdles) and the distance medley relay team of Jaimie Phelan, Maya Long, Danielle Pfeifer and Brook Handler.

Also earning first-place finishes were Illinois’ Kandie Bloch-Jones (high jump) and Ahlivia Spencer (800-meter run), Indiana’s Kelsie Ahbe (pole vault) and Kyla Buckley (shot put), Michigan State’s Tori Franklin (triple jump) and Leah O’Connor (mile run), Minnesota’s Alena Brooks (600-meter run), Ohio State’s Ashlee Abraham (60-meter dash), Purdue's Dani Bunch (weight throw) and Wisconsin’s Deanna Latham (pentathlon).

O’Connor’s time of 4:34.35 in the mile was a Big Ten Championships meet record, while Brook’s effort in the 600-meter run (1:26.73) and Franklin’s mark in the triple jump (13.56 meters) were both Big Ten records.  

BTN will air tape-delay coverage of the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 8.

The complete results and All-Big Ten teams are attached above.


Day 2 of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships Is Now Underway

Day 2 of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships is now underway at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. For live coverage, check the links above.


Michigan Leads After Day One of Big Ten Championships

Michigan got off to a strong start on the first day of the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday. The Wolverines won two events on Friday, including the distance medley relay team of Jaimie Phelan, Maya Long, Danielle Pfeifer and Brook Handler (11:12.52) and Erin Busbee in the long jump (6.20 meters). Michigan tallied 38 points, while Indiana was right behind the Wolverines, earning 35 points. Nebraska (30 points), Penn State (28.5 points) and Minnesota (23.5 points) sit at third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Indiana also won two events on Day 1 of competition, as Kyla Buckley took home the shot put crown for the second-consecutive year with a throw of 17.17 meters and Kelsie Ahbe won the pole vault with a score of 4.20 meters. Penn State’s Tori Girlach earned the 3,000-meter run title, clocking in at 9:10.76, while Wisconsin’s Deanna Latham collected the pentathlon crown, tallying 4176 points.

Competition resumes at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.



2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships Are Now Underway

The 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships are now underway at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. For live coverage, check the links above.


2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships Set to Begin on Friday

The SPIRE Institute will play host to the 2014 Big Ten Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled to begin Friday and run through Saturday.

Penn State Wins Big Ten Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships