May 15, 2014
Rosemont, Ill. -
Attached, please find the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships release. The event will be hosted by Purdue University from May 16-18 at Rankin Track & Field in West Lafayette, Ind.
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT
This year, the Big Ten is celebrating 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference’s most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” In the 99 years of the Medal of Honor, over 1,300 student-athletes have earned this distinction, including 181 men’s and 60 women’s track & field athletes. Throughout the course of the year, the conference highlighted previous Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, featuring some of the legends of the Big Ten who have earned this prominent achievement.
BIG TEN WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
Rankin Track & Field at Purdue University is set to host the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for Friday through Sunday. Last year, Penn State took home its fourth Big Ten title, and first since winning three straight from 2008-10. The Nittany Lions compiled 133 points en route to the crown. Illinois and Ohio State finished second and third, respectively, while Michigan and Michigan State rounded out the top five.
On the track, Penn State’s Mahagony Jones looks to repeat as the Big Ten Champion in the 100-meter dash and also holds the conference’s top time in the 200-meter dash this season. Fellow Nittany Lion Evonne Britton aims for her second-consecutive Big Ten title in the 100-meter hurdles, while teammates Leigha Anderson and Dynasty McGee have posted the conference’s best times in the 10,000-meter run and 400-meter dash, respectively. Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor aims for Big Ten crowns in the 5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second year in a row, while Ohio State’s Alexis Franklin looks for back-to-back titles in the 400-meter hurdles. This season, Michigan’s Brook Handler boasts the conference’s best time in the 1,500-meter run, while Purdue’s Kari Shoolbraid paces the Big Ten in the 800-meter run.
In the field events, three conference champions return to defend their respective titles. Illinois’ Stephanie Richartz and Penn State’s Laura Kenney are the reigning Big Ten Champions in the pole vault and javelin, respectively, while Purdue’s Dani Bunch took home the shot put crown last season. This season, Nebraska and Penn State pace the Big Ten in the remaining six field events, including Huskers Ellie Ewere (triple jump), Annie Jackson (discus) and Tierra Williams (long jump) and Nittany Lions Brittney Howell (heptathlon), Melissa Kurzdorfer (hammer throw) and India McCoy (high jump).
Heading into the championships, Penn State appears in the latest USTFCCCA National Rankings, checking in at No. 15.
BTN will televise the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 25.