Butler, Bayer win on Final Day at Big Tens
May 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Indiana track and field had a strong final day at the Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers got individual titles out of Kind Butler in the 200 meters and Andy Bayer in the 1,500 meters, moving the team's meet total to four champions. The Indiana men finished third with 115 points, and were just half a point out of second. The IU women tied with Purdue for 10th with 40 points.
Butler won the 200-meter title in 20.51 seconds, earning his first outdoor Big Ten crown. He is the first Big Ten outdoor champion in the event for IU since David Neville won in 2004, and the title is the 18th in school history at the distance. He won the event indoor as well, becoming the fourth Hoosier with multiple conference titles in the 200. Adding this title to his indoor 200 title this year and an indoor 60m title in 2011, Butler is now a three-time Big Ten Champ.
Bayer won the fourth Big Ten title of his career and his first in the 1,500m, clocking a time of 3:41.21 to outkick Ohio State's Cory Leslie, much like he did in the mile indoors this year. Bayer brings the 1,500m title to Indiana for the second-straight season, as Ben Hubers took the title in 2011. Indiana now has 13 titles all-time at 1,500m, along with 27 in the mile. Danny Stockberger took fourth in the race, clocking a time of 3:42.98, which was just .11 out of third.
Butler also helped the men's 4x100m relay team that included Tyler Sult, Chris Vaughn and Nick Stoner to second place, clocking a time of 39.82, which ranks fifth in IU history. The Hoosiers finish second in the Big Ten final in the event for the second consecutive year. Butler added a third place finish in the 100 meters, clocking a time of 10.47 seconds.
Vaughn clocked a time of 45.48 seconds for second in the 400. Vaughn crushed his career best from the start of the weekend, shedding more than 1.5 seconds. He now ranks third in IU history behind only Olympic Gold Medalists David Neville and Sunder Nix, and his time ranks sixth in Division I this season. Vaughn entered the weekend ranked 92nd in Division I. Vaughn's time is tied for 26th in the world this season and 13th among Americans.
Jordan Gray took second place in the women's 800 meters, clocking a time of 2:06.89, which ranks ninth in IU history. Gray narrowly qualified for the final, taking the ninth and final qualifying spot, but she made the most of the opportunity, taking second place and finishing just .22 out of the win.
Vaughn anchored the Hoosiers to third in the men's 4x400m relay in 3:05.69, which is the fourth-fastest time in IU history, ranks fifth in the East region and 11th nationally this season. Stoner handed off to Butler, who handed to Sult to set up Vaughn's anchor.
Bayer added a fourth-place finish in the men's 5,000m, clocking a time of 13:52.50, which was less than .01 out of third. Andrew Poore (14:05.02) and Ben Hubers (14:09.39) added three points by finishing seventh and eighth respectively in the 5K.
Samantha Ginther took fifth in the women's 5,000 meters, clocking a time of 16:35.95, which ranks eighth in IU history. The IU women were sixth in the women's 4x400m relay in 3:38.76, a time that ranks fourth in school history. Emma Kimoto took sixth in the women's high jump, clearing 1.74m (5-8.5).
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