Michigan Claims Third-Consecutive Big Ten Championship
May 16, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The University of Michigan successfully won its third-consecutive Big Ten Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday in dominating fashion. The Wolverines scored 148 points and captured the title by 21.5 points over Indoor champion Penn State. For Michigan, it's the Wolverines' sixth Big Ten title in the program's history.
The Nittany Lions (126.5) finished second overall, followed by Illinois in third with 90 points and Ohio State in fourth with 86. Michigan State (75) took fifth, while host Purdue (64.5) was sixth. Rounding out the field was Indiana (63.5), Minnesota (63), Wisconsin (60.5) and Iowa (42).
Several moments highlighted the day, including performances by Michigan State's Jamie Kryzminski, Michigan's Lindsey Gallo, and Penn State's Connie Moore.
The first final of the day took place in the 4x100 meter relay with Penn State's quartet of Kamilah Salaam, Chi-Chi Aduba, Sara Shoaff, and Moore, setting a new Rankin Track & Field record with a time of 44.55. The previous record of 44.65 was set by Indiana last year in May. Penn State was the favorite to win as the Nittany Lions held the fastest time on the year of 44.65, more than one second quicker than their closest competitor. The win was extra sweet for the Lions as they finished a disappointing fourth at last year's Championships with a time of 44.81. Illinois finished second this year with a time of 45.37, followed by Michigan at 45.67.
Moore of Penn State added to her trophy case Sunday with a double-win in the 100 and 200 meters, after winning as the anchor on the 4x100 relay team.
In the 100 meters, Moore set a track record of 11.40, tying Ohio State's Donica Merriman's mark from 1999. Michigan's Sierra Hauser-Price claimed second at 11.73, followed by Penn State's Salaam at 11.76.
As for the 200 meters, Moore bested the track record mark of 23.10, set by Purdue's LaTasha Jenkinsin 1998, with a winning time of 22.74. Illinois' Mensah finished second at 23.55, while Salaam was third at 23.61.
Michigan's Gallo captured the 800-meter title with a time of 2:07.04, bettering Illinois' Robinson (2:07.82) and Wisconsin's Hilary Edmondson (2:08.92). Ohio State's Tamecia Brown (2:09.79) and Mollie Hupp of Minnesota (2:09.83) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Gallo claimed her second title of the day in the 1,500 meters. The Wolverine crossed the line in 4:24.37, just ahead of Edmondson at 4:25.23. Jessie Allen-Young of Michigan captured third place with a time of 4:29.07. All top-three times were regional qualifying marks.
Michigan State's Krzyminski captured the distance double-win with the 5,000-meter title on Sunday. After capturing the 10,000 meters on Friday, the Spartan senior won the 5,000 in dominating fashion with a time of 16:40.58, 12 seconds better than second-place finisher Cassie Hunt of Illinois (16:52.64). The win marks two straight for Krzyminski as she followed a runner-up finish at Outdoors last year with a win at Indoors in February and in West Lafayette on Sunday. Behind Hunt in third place was Indiana's Jessica Gall, who regionally qualified with a time of 16:56.34.
Illinois' Camile Robinson captured a track record 57.52 en route to claiming the Big Ten title in the 400-meter hurdles. Robinson's winning-time was nearly two seconds quicker than second-place Melissa Steele's 59.32 of Minnesota. Keri Kirk of Michigan placed third with a time of 59.50.
Shellene Williams of Iowa won the 400-meter dash with a track record time of 52.97, topping second-place finisher Cynetheia Rooks of Michigan State. Rooks recorded a time of 53.49, followed by Michigan's Carly Knazze at 54.73, and Iowa's Aisha Hume at 55.18.
Ohio State's Molly Logan won the 100-meter hurdles title with a time of 13.36 and was followed by Indiana's Courtney Johnson (13.54), and Michigan's Robin Landfair (13.63), respectively.
Iowa's Peaches Roach swept the high jump titles in 2004, capturing the Outdoors title with a leap of 1.81m (5-11.25), after claiming the indoor title in February at the same height. Indiana's Christina Archibald placed second with a clearance of 1.78 (5-10), followed by Penn State's Heather Yedinak at 1.73 (5-8). Also clearing 1.73 was Purdue's Tiffany Colvin, who was awarded fourth.
The triple jump results reflected that of the Big Ten Indoor's finish, with Ohio State's Rosalind Goodwin winning the title over Penn State's Aduba and Michigan State's Sherita Williams. Goodwin won the event with a mark of 13.17m (43-02.50), while Aduba was second with 13.06m (42-10.25) and Williams was third at 12.95m (42-06).
In the discus, Michigan's Melissa Bickett captured the Big Ten title with a launch of 52.08m (170-10). Penn State's Christen Clemson was second at 51.11m (167-08), and Ohio State's Amarachi Ukabam finished third at 50.17m (164-07). The top-nine finishers in the discus all reached the regional qualifying mark.
In the final event of the Championships, Illinois claimed the 4x400-meter relay title with a track record of 3:38.76. The Illini's time was nearly three seconds better than the previous record of 3:41.16, which was set by Ohio State in 1999. Mensah, Pickett and Camile and Carlene Robinson led the Orange and Blue around the track, ahead of Michigan and Ohio State. Michigan earned regional qualifying marks with a time of 3:42.80, followed by third-place finisher Ohio State with 3:43.33.