Day One of Big Tens
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Indiana completed day one of the 2003 Men's Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships at the U of I Armory Track in fifth place with a total of 16 points. The Hoosiers advance seven to tomorrow's finals. Aarik Wilson posted a personal-best mark in the long jump event capturing first place overall. Ohio State leads all competitors after day one with 36 points as Wisconsin trails close behind with 30.
"We had some great performances today," head coach Marshall Goss said. "We qualified seven guys for the finals. We would like to be in the lead but we are enjoying the competition. Our kids competed really hard. They were all excited about today."
Wilson won the long jump with a mark of 7.62m. He bettered a mark of 7.61m he set on Feb. 14 at the Cannon IV Classic finals in Plainfield, Ind. Ohio State's Drew Carter placed second with a jump of 7.55m.
Hoosiers Sean and John Jefferson advanced to the finals in the Mile run. Sean placed first in his heat with a time of 4:06.90 and John placed second in his heat with a time of 4:11.90. The brothers will race tomorrow in the finals at 1:50 p.m.
Junior Contrell Ash had a solid performance for Indiana, qualifying in both the 60 and 200-meter dash finals. His 60-meter time of 6.87 was a personal best. In addition, Ash's 200-meter dash time of 21.61 was the best in his heat and second overall. Also turning in a stellar performance for the Hoosiers was junior Rodney Hollis. Hollis finished the 600-meter dash in a time of 1:19.62 and moved on to the finals.
Senior Matt Harris tied Wisconsin's Jon Mungen for second place in the 60-meter hurdles advancing him to Sunday's finals where he will face tough competition against Ohio State's Joel Brown and Purdue's Prentice Stovall and Jerod Void, all of whom posted sub-8.00 times.
Junior Daniel Martin ran a great 400 meter dash for Indiana, coming in first in his heat and fifth overall with a time of 48.94. Martin will compete in Sunday's final.
Indiana finished third overall in the Distance Medley Relay, behind Minnesota and Wisconsin, in a time of 9:56.72.
The 2003 Men's Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships will continue Sunday with the first event, the weight throw, beginning at 9 a.m.. All results can be viewed on the Big Ten website throughout the day.
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