WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.In the opening day of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the weather conditions were not the best, but the handful of Hoosiers that did compete managed to do well. The top performer for Indiana was Jessica Gall in the 10k who finished fourth overall with a time of 35:54.24.
After one day of competition, the Hoosier women are in seventh place with five points, and the Hoosier men are seventh as well with one point. On the women's side Michigan State leads the way with 20 points, followed by Ohio State with 14, Purdue with 10, Wisconsin with 10, Michigan with nine, Illinois with six. Rounding out the women's teams is Penn State with three points and Iowa with one. Leading the men is Wisconsin with 21 points, followed by Minnesota with 16, Purdue with 14, Iowa with 12, Ohio State with 10 and Illinois with four.
Gall said she was able to do so well in the 10k because of her strategy.
I was just trying to keep in contact with the lead group and when they broke away I just had to make sure I went with them and didnt get caught behind," said Gall. "It was hard fighting for position. The hardest part was the tactic and the placement. I wish I had started going faster a little bit earlier. It was good that it went out slow, but I thought it went out way too slow. It was my first Big Ten 10k, so it was a good experience.
Distance coach Judy Wilson was also pleased with Galls performance.
We were looking for a top four or five finish," Wilson said. "With Jamie Krzyminksi (Michigan State), Lindsay Zinn (Purdue) and Leslie Patterson (Wisconsin) we knew it would be tough. They are seasoned people. Jess was really tough tonight. With this kind of race there is a lot of picking up when people start falling back. She hung in there really well.
In the mens 10k, Chris Powers turned in a personal best time of 29:45.14, good for an eighth-place finish. This time also moved Powers up to third on the all-time list in this event. Nate Gooden also ran in this event and finished 14th overall with personal best time of 30:34.17
Also in action for the Hoosiers tonight was Jake Wiseman who competed in five events of the decathlon and currently has 3788 points Wiseman turned in great performances all around, finishing no lower than sixth in the events. He had a personal best heave of 13.05m (42-09.75) in the shot put and a personal best clearance of 1.87m (6-01.50) in the high jump. He currently sits at fourth-place overall heading into tomorrow's competition.
Besides Gall in the womens 10K, Becky Obrecht placed 14th (37:28.18), Heidi Crowley placed 15th (37:56.71) and Allison Miller placed 16th (38:05.39)
The womens pole vault that was originally scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. has been moved to Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Abby Paul, Ashley Stinton and Ellison Tipton are all scheduled to compete in this event.
Big Ten Championships Day One Results:
Decathlon (through five events) Jake Wiseman
100 Meter Dash-2nd- 10.74
Long Jump-4th- 6.71m (22-00.25)
Shot Put-3rd- 13.05m (42-09.75)
Mens 10,000 Meters (Finals) Chris Powers 8th-29:45.15