Penn State Out in Front after Two Days of Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships
May 14, 2005
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Rain and dominating performances were featured on the second day of the 2005 Big Ten Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships here on Saturday (May 14) at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Nittany Lions will begin Sunday's (May 15) final day of competition in first place with 56.50 points followed by Wisconsin with 48 points, Purdue with 46, Minnesota with 42.50 and Illinois with 31 points to close out the top five. Ohio State has 28 points, Michigan State has 24, Michigan has 23, Indiana has seven and Iowa has five points to round out the rest of the field.
After a stellar first day of competition in the heptathlon event, Wisconsin's Melissa Talbot never relinquished the lead in the all-around contest. The junior came in third place in the long jump with a distance of 5.71 meters and fifth in the javelin with a throw of 35.36 meters to keep her in the lead by 167 points with only one event to go. Talbot's fourth place run of 2:17.84 in the 800 meters sealed her second consecutive Big Ten Conference heptathlon title with a total of 5,479 points. Gayle Hunter of Penn State finished second with 5,272 points and Angela Anoliefoh took home third place with 5,256 points.
The fifth event to be scored in the championships was the shot put where Minnesota's Liz Podominick took home first place. The freshman was one of this year's top performers in the Big Ten and won the event on Saturday with a top throw of 15.91. Penn State's Jennifer Leatherman came in second with a top throw of 15.82 meters while Michigan's Ashley Eckel improved on her seventh place performance at the 2004 outdoor meet by coming in third after with a top toss of 14.80 meters.
With all the rain that had fallen during the day, the conditions for the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals were ideal. Illinois' Cassie Hunt improved on her third place showing of a year ago by wining the event in convincing fashion with a time of 10:14.02. Penn State's Molly Landreth finished second to cap off her college career in a time of 10:21.30. Purdue junior Amber Ferner took home third place honors with a time of 10:26.43.
Purdue proved to be the top team in a severely-delayed javelin event. Boilermaker freshman Kara Patterson took home first place honors with a throw of 49.96 meters. Behind her was Minnesota's Ruby Radojac - another freshman - with a throw of 47.76 meters in second place. Purdue sophomore Lindsey Blaine came in third place with a throw of 45.55 meters.