HOOSIERS FINISH FOURTH AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 22, 1999 HOOSIERS FINISH FOURTH AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Madison, Wisconsin - The Indiana Men's Track and Field team finished fourth with 76 points at the Big Ten Championships at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in Madison, Wisconsin. That is the Hoosiers best finish since winning the indoor championship in 1992.
IU junior Kurt Krick started the Hoosier scoring by repeating as the Big Ten indoor shot put champion with a mark of 18.18m (59-7 3/4). Krick is currently rated fourth in the NCAA with a best of 18.99m (62-3 3/4).
The first day ended with the biggest Hoosier surprise. The Distance Medley Relay team won the Big Ten indoor championship in 9:54.01. Sophomore Mikko Simos started the race with the 1200m leg, senior Trent Davis followed with the 400m segment, junior Dan Billish took the 800m stretch, and sophomore Aaron Gillen closed the race with a 4:08 split in the 1600m.
The sprints helped the Hoosier scoring as freshman Raheem Ellis won the 200m championship in 21.42 and grabbed third in the 60m at 6.80. Junior Russell Brooks also score in the 200m and 60m. Brooks took fourth (21.78) and tied for sixth (6.84), respectively. Junior Nick Sears ran the 60m hurdles in 8.21 to finish tied for fifth and conclude the sprinters scoring.
Junior Chris Ekman was the Hoosiers only middle distance scorer. Ekman ran a 1:53.10 to edge out two other runners at the finish line in the 800m. The margin between second and third was just four hundreths of a second.
IU scored three in the field. Freshman Greg Yeldell accomplished a personal best 15.78m (51-9 1/4) to place third in the triple jump. The mark is an NCAA provisional mark and moves Yeldell to fourth on IU's all-time triple jump list. Freshman Jon Lange and senior Jeremy Rochford tied for fifth in the high jump by clearing 2.14m (7-0 1/4). The mark is a personal best for Lange.
Senior Tom Chorny scored in both the 3000m and 5000m. Chorny took fifth in the 3000m by finishing in 8:21.27 and ran the 5000m in 14:33.48 to finish eighth.
The 4x400m relay team finished the scoring with a seventh place finish in 3:18.32. Freshman Ryan Huber, senior Russell Collins, junior Sean Cleary, and junior Michael Frazier made up the relay team.
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