Big Ten Championships Up Next For Track & Field
May 14, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Seniors Kelsie Ahbe and Kyla Buckley both won Big Ten Titles at the indoor championships earlier this year and will lead the Indiana track & field team as they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., May 16-18 for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, hosted by Purdue.
Competition will begin on Friday the 16th at 11:00 a.m. with the men’s decathlon. Field events contested on day one will be the men’s pole vault and men’s and women’s hammer throw. The only running event outside of multi-event competition will be the men’s and women’s 10,000-meter races, scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. respectively.
Day two will feature trials in multiple events, multiple field events and the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The final day of competition will get underway at 10:00 a.m. with the men’s javelin throw.
Ahbe and Buckley have had productive outdoor seasons up to this point, with Buckley holding the second best mark in the Big Ten and ninth best nationally (17.08m) in the shot put. Ahbe comes into the competition with the best mark in the Big Ten and sixth best mark in the NCAA (4.35m) in the pole vault. Redshirt sophomore Sarah Maxson, who finished second at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, currently has the third best mark in the conference in the high jump at 1.76m. Freshman Ari Nelson has also had a productive season with a career-best long jump of 6.19m, currently the fourth best mark in the Big Ten.
On the men’s side freshman Tre’Tez Kinnaird has the top time in the 800m run (1:47.99) and junior Rorey Hunter has the third best time in the 1,500m run (3:40.36). Hunter also holds the sixth fastest time in the 5,000m run (13:55.20). Another place where the Hoosiers will look to score points is in the steeplechase, where they hold spots five-eight in the event. In field events, junior Drew Volz has the fourth best mark in the conference in the pole vault at 5.30m.
This meet will be a final opportunity for several athletes to have another chance to set qualifying marks to get into the NCAA East Preliminary Round, May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla. The top-48 marks in each event advance to regional competition, with the top-12 from there advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore. The Hoosiers currently have a combined 19 student-athletes in the top-48 of their individual events.
The Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be tape delayed and shown on the Big Ten Network on Sunday May 25 at 6 PM.
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