Buckley Wins Big Ten Shot Put Title
May 17, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior Kyla Buckley came into the 2013-14 season with a goal to win the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships in the shot put. Mission accomplished. Buckley and senior Robby Nierman earned medals on day two of the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.
Through the first two days of competition the Indiana women are in seventh-place with 19 points and the men are in seventh-place with 22 points.
Buckley threw a season-best mark of 17.19m (56-4.75) to win her first outdoor Big Ten Championship and her third total Big Ten Title. Since 2009 the Hoosiers have won eight women’s Big Ten shot put titles. The throw for Buckley is the eighth best in the NCAA this season.
Buckley's throw also broke the previous Big Ten Outdoor Championship record of 17.13m set last year by Purdue junior Dani Bunch.
Senior Robby Nierman raced to his second consecutive Big Ten Outdoor Championships medal performance with a second-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase, as he crossed the finish line in 8:49.72. Junior Nolan Fife finished sixth in the race in 8:54.95 and freshman Jason Crist was seventh in 9:00.93.
In the women’s steeplechase, senior Samantha Ginther finished in fifth-place in a season-best time of 10:17.86. Brianna Johnson was 11th with a time of 10:27.14.
Dylan Anderson finished in sixth-place in the decathlon competition with 6,807 points for the 10 events.
In field events freshman Ari Nelson finished eighth in the long jump with a mark of 5.98m. Junior Drew Volz finished ninth in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.10m. Junior Matt Gerbick was eighth in the high jump with a season-best leap of 2.06m.
In the trials of the men’s 1500m run junior Rorey Hunter finished second in his heat in a very tactical race, to advance to the final in 3:59.76. Senior Kelsey Duerksen also advanced to the final of the women’s 1500m run as she crossed the finish line in 4:30.70.
The Hoosiers had two advance to the final in the men’s 800m as freshman Tre’Tez Kinnaird finished second in his heat in 1:51.06 to automatically qualify, and sophomore Jordan Gornall got in on time in 1:51.28.
The meet will resume competition tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s javelin, which will have Indiana’s own Matt Birk.
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