Ahbe, Buckley Win Big Ten Championships
Feb. 28, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio. – Two seniors made memorable moments in their final Big Ten Indoor Championships as Kelsie Ahbe won the pole vault and Kyla Buckley defended her shot put title on day one of the Big Ten Indoor Championships Friday at the SPIRE Institute.
After the first day of competition the IU women are in second-place with 35 points with six scored events and the men are in seventh-place with 12. 5 points, with five events scored.
Buckley came in ranked second in the conference in the shot put, but came out strong with a second throw of 17.17m (56-4) to win the competition. Her mark is second best in school history and is currently the fifth best mark in the NCAA this season.
Buckley adds to the tradition of throwers at IU, as assistant coach Jermaine Jones has coached student-athletes to five straight Big Ten Indoor Championships in the shot put. The Hoosiers have now won a Big Ten indoor crown in a women’s throwing event in seven straight seasons.
Ahbe cleared each of her first four heights on her first attempt to capture the championship with a clearance of 4.20m (13-9.25). Her mark is second best in school history, with the only better mark coming when she jumped 4.21m at the 2012 Meyo Invitational.
Ahbe was not alone on the award stand as teammate redshirt sophomore Sophie Gutermuth also cleared a career-best 4.20m and finished second in the competition. Sophomore Sydney Clute also had a career day as she set a personal record with a clearance of 4.10m (13-5.25).
Freshman Tre’Tez Kinnaird set a school record in the 600m run as he won his heat and advanced to the final of the event in 1:17.42.
In the men’s 800m run junior Rorey Hunter and sophomore Jordan Gornall both advanced to tomorrow’s final. Hunter automatically advanced with a second-place finish in his heat in 1:51.60. Gornall finished third in his heat and advanced on time, running 1:51.47.
Freshman Bethany Neeley and senior Robby Nierman both advanced to the final in the mile. Neeley finished second in her heat and sixth overall in a career-best 4:47.58. Nierman won his heat and finished with the second fastest prelim time in 4:04.58.
Sophomore Cornelius Strickland advanced to the final of the men’s 60m dash as he finished third in his heat and seventh overall in a season-best of 6.84.
In the women’s 3,000m run senior Erica Ridderman finished eighth in a career-best time of 9:27.72, the 10th fastest time in school history. Freshman Amanda Behnke finished 10th in a career-best time of 9:30.24, the 12th fastest time in school history.
The men’s distance medley relay capped off the first day of competition for the Hoosiers with a third-place finish in 9:46.67.
The Big Ten Indoor Championships will resume tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the continuation of the heptathlon.
Women - Team Rankings - 6 Events Scored
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