Hunter Captures Big Ten Championship
May 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Rorey Hunter continued a strong tradition of success among distance runners at Indiana as he became the fourth straight IU track & field student-athlete to win the 1,500m at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Senior Kelsie Ahbe (pole vault) and freshman Tre'Tez Kinnaird (800m) also earned medals on the final day of competition.
The Indiana men's team finished in eighth-place with 51 points and the women's team finished ninth with 39 points. Wisconsin won the men's title with Penn State taking the women's title.
Hunter outlasted the top-ranked 1,500m runner in the country as he crossed the finish line first with a facility record of 3:44.59. Hunter becomes the fourth straight outdoor Big Ten Champion for the Hoosiers with Ben Huber win in 2011 and Andy Bayer taking titles in 2012 and 2013.
Freshman Tre'Tez Kinnaird went to the front from the beginning and held off all but one athlete, earning the silver medal for his second-place finish in the 800m run in 1:48.72.
Senior Kelsie Ahbe added to her medal count with a second-place finish in the pole vault. Ahbe, the indoor conference champion in the event cleared 4.08m in the competition.
Fellow senior Samantha Ginther came back from a fifth-place finish the previous day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to finish fourth in the 5,000-meter run in a season-best time of 16:20.37. In the men's 5,000-meter run freshman Matt Schwartzer finished fourth in a time of 14:11.01.
Sophomore Matt Birk scored four points for the Hoosiers with a fifth-place finish in the javelin throw with a mark of 62.88m. Also finishing in the five spot were senior Mia Mackinnon and sophomore Sarah Maxson in the high jump as both cleared 1.71m in the event.
Up next several Hoosiers will compete in the NCAA East Preliminary Round, May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla., with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
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