March 9, 2013
The Big Ten recorded 10 top five finishes on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, highlighted by Indiana's Derek Drouin taking home his third indoor high jump title. Drouin's mark of 2.35 meters set a new Canadian national record and is the second-best ever by a collegian. The Wisconsin men earned a spot on the podium with a third-place team finish, while the Illinois women placed 14th.
Three Big Ten student-athletes placed in the top five in the weight throw, led by a runner-up finish from Michigan State's Antonio James (22.25). Purdue's Chukwuebuka Enekwechi posted a mark of 21.52 to earn third place, while Minnesota's Jon Lehman finished third with a throw of 21.35. In the 800-meter run, Penn State's Casimir Loxsom (1:47.23) and Minnesota's Harun Abda (1:48.24) finished second and fifth, respectively, while Illinois' Samantha Murphy (2:03.95) finished fourth on the women's side. The Big Ten also posted two top-five times in the mile, led by third-place Austin Mudd of Wisconsin (3:57.93). Minnesota's John Simons finished fifth with a time of 3:59.71.
The Big Ten took home nine top-8 finishes on Day One of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., highlighted by four distance medley relay squads earning All-America honors. Penn State placed second, followed by third-place Minnesota, Indiana (fourth) and Illinois (seventh). Wisconsin's Danny Block placed third in the shot put with a mark of 20.00 meters, while Purdue's Jakob Engel finished eighth (18.96). Nebraska's Patrick Raedler finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 7.80 meters, while Wisconsin's duo of Maverick Darling (13:41.25) and Mohammed Ahmed (13:41.84) placed fourth and fifth in the 5000-meter run, respectively. Wisconsin sits in third place in the team standings with 15 points, while Penn State rounds out the top 10 with eight.
Four Big Ten student-athletes placed in the top eight of their respective events at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., including Michigan taking home the title in the distance medley relay. Michigan's Erin Busbee also placed seventh in the long jump (6.33), helping the Wolverines to a third-place slot in the team standings. Michigan State's Beth Rohl placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 22.31 meters, while Wisconsin's Taylor Smith finished seventh (20.72).
Additionally, several student athletes also qualified in their respective events for Day 2 of the NCAA Championships. A full list of today's finishes and qualifiers can be found below.
3. Danny Block, WIS (20.00)
8. Jakob Engel, PUR (18.96)
5. Patrick Raedler, NEB (7.80)
4. Maverick Darling, WIS (13:41.25)
5. Mohammed Ahmed, WIS (13:41.84)
2. (Penn State) Brannon Kidder, Brandon Bennett-Green, Za’Von Watkins, Robby Creese (9:34.00)
3. (Minnesota) Travis Burkstrand, Cameron Boy, Harun Abda, Nick Hutton (9:34.21)
4. (Indiana) Rorey Hunter, Nathan Pierre Louis, Lance Roller, Andrew Bayer (9:34.30)
7. (Illinois) Kyle Engnell, Stephon Pamilton, Ryan Lynn, Graham Morris (9:35.56)
2. Beth Rohl, MSU (22.31)
7. Taylor Smith, WIS (20.72)
6. Erin Busbee, MICH (6.33)
1. Rebecca Addison, Maya Long, Jillian Smith, Amanda Eccleston (10:56.46)
John Simons, MINN
Christopher Fallon, OSU
Robby Creese, PSU
Austin Mudd, WIS
Harun Abda, MINN
Casimir Loxsom, PSU
Ashley Spencer, ILL
Samantha Murphy, ILL