February 23, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- The Big Ten Championships await the Indiana women's track and field team as the Hoosiers head north to Michigan, the host of the 2005 meet. The University of Michigan Track Building will host the two-day event, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.
Three Big Ten teams are among the top 25 in the latest USATF power rankings, released on Feb. 22. The list is headed by Penn State , who owns the No. 3 power ranking with a team score of 299.62. Minnesota (No. 9) Wisconsin (No. 17) round out the conference teams in the power rankings. According to the latest Trackwire power rankings, two programs are among the top 25 schools in the country. Michigan is No. 8 with an aggregate score of 22 points, while Penn state is tied for 21st with 10 points.
THE HISTORY OF THE BIG TEN
The 2005 women's championship will be the 24th in the history of the Big Ten. The event started in 1982, when Wisconsin won the first ever championship, held in Bloomington, Indiana. Wisconsin has captured a conference-high seven championships, while Michigan and Illinois follow in second and third with six and five, respectively. Indiana has been victorious three times, the latest in 2000, when the Hoosiers totaled a championship record 150 points. Penn State took home the crown last year with 115 points, finishing ahead of Michigan (98.3), Iowa (89) and Ohio State (88.8). IU was fifth with 68 total points.
IU IN THE BIG TENS
Indiana has walked away with three Big Ten titles. The Hoosiers last won the championships in 2000, when IU totaled a Big Ten record 150 points. Only five times in the history of the Big Tens has the Cream and Crimson not placed in the top five of the conference. IU has placed second seven times and third on five different occasions.