Hoosiers Earn Two More Medals at B1G Championships
March 1, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio – Senior Robby Nierman finished in second-place in the mile and sophomore Sarah Maxson finished runner-up in the high jump as the Indiana track & field team closed out competition at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute.
The Indiana women’s team finished in 10th place with 46.5 points, while the men finished ninth with 40.5 points. Penn State won the women’s team title and Wisconsin won the men’s team championship.
Nierman stayed in the front of the pack for most of the race and coming into the last lap several runners were in contention. Nierman closed with a good last lap and finished just .23 behind the leader as he crossed the finish line in 4:15.96.
Maxson came within a centimeter of her personal best as she cleared 1.77m (5-9.75) on her final attempt to take the silver medal in the event. Junior Mia Mackinnon also scored points for the Hoosiers in the high jump as she cleared a season-best height of 1.71m (5-7.25).
A day after setting the school record in the 600m prelims in 1:17.42, freshman Tre’Tez Kinnaird came back to finish fourth in the 600m final in 1:17.45.
Sophomore Stephen Keller finished in fifth-place in the heptathlon as he set the third best point total in school history with 5,365 points. Keller also tied with teammate Matt Gerbick for eighth in the high jump with a clearance of 2.05m (6-8.75).
Junior Richard Rouse and redshirt freshman Nakel McClinton each scored points for the Hoosiers in field events. Rouse finished in eighth-place in the triple jump, matching his season-best in 15.08m (49-5.75) and McClinton finished eighth-place in the weight throw with a mark of 18.21m (59-9.00).
In the women’s 5,000m run a trio of Indiana runners set personal records and top-10 times in school history. Senior Erica Ridderman led the way as she finished 11th in 16:31.50, the fifth fastest time in program history. Redshirt junior Samantha Ginther finished 12th in 16:35.55, the seventh fastest time in school history and freshman Amanda Behnke took 20 seconds off her previous best as she finished in 15th place in the race in 16:39.72, the 10th fastest time in program history.
The Hoosiers placed two student-athletes on the Women’s All-Big Ten First Team (Kyla Buckley and Kelsie Ahbe) and two on the All-Big Ten Second Team (Sophie Gutermuth and Sarah Maxson). On the men’s side Indiana placed two on the Men’s All-Big Ten Second Team (Robby Nierman and Richard Rouse).
Up next for the Hoosiers is the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Women - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
1) Penn State 114.5
2) Michigan 104
3) Nebraska 92
4) Minnesota 64.5
5) Purdue 53
6) Ohio State 51
7) Michigan State 50
8) Iowa 49.5
9) Illinois 47
10) Indiana 46.5
11) Wisconsin 29
Men - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
1) Wisconsin 122.5
2) Nebraska 118
3) Penn State 72
4) Illinois 71.5
5) Purdue 61
6) Minnesota 57
7) Ohio State 55
8) Michigan State 51
9) Indiana 40.5
10) Iowa 30
11) Michigan 23.5
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