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May 22, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field teams opened the first day of competition today as the host institution for the Big Ten Championships in historic Ohio Stadium. With only one scoring event of the day, the Wolverines are off to an early start with both the mens and womens squads in first place with 15 points each.

%^$Capping off the first days competition, the conference crowned two Big Ten champions in the 10,000-meter run. Wolverine John Mortimer (So., Londonderry, N.H.) defended his title clocking a 30:17.00. He is also the defending champion and favorite in the 3,000 steeplechase which he will run tomorrow, May 23, at 4:50. Badger Angi Kujak (Sr., LaCrosse, Wis.), five-time Big Ten champ and five-time All-American, was the winner of the 10,000-meters with a time of 35:26.62. She has won this event four consecutive times at the conference championships.

%^$After five of the ten decathlon events, Purdue’s Sam Killin (Sr., Lebanon, Ind.) leads the competition with 3,995 points. Wisconsins defending champion Greg Gill (Sr., Appleton, Wis.) is close behind Killin with 3,894 points.

%^$Defending her heptathlon title, Wolverine Tania Longe (Sr., Sellebakk, N.J.) leads the competition after completing four of the seven events. Buckeye Desiree Jones (Fr., Akron, Ohio) has set the pace for her teammates with an impressive first-day showing. She resides until tomorrow in second place, trailing Longe by 271 points. Jones is OSU’s school record holder in the indoor pentathlon and finished second to Longe at the indoor championships (pentathlon).

%^$OSU and the rest of the conference will resume competition tomorrow, Saturday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m.%^$

%^$Track & Field Results%^$1998 Big Ten Championships%^$Ohio Stadium%^$Columbus, Ohio%^$May 22, 1998%^$Day One of Three

%^$Men’s Standings After Day One%^$1. Michigan 15%^$2. Wisconsin 14%^$3. Iowa 5%^$4. Michigan State 4%^$5. Minnesota 1%^$%^$Men’s Individual Results%^$Hammer Throw (Exhibition)%^$ 1. Chris Brown – Purdue 60.76m

%^$Decathlon – 100-meter dash %^$ 1. Sam Killian – Purdue 10.97

%^$Decathlon – Long Jump %^$ 1. Brad Mohns – Wisconsin 7.30m

%^$Decathlon – Shot Put %^$ 1. Greg Gil – Wisconsin 14.41m

%^$Decathlon – High Jump %^$ 1. Sam Killin – Purdue 2.02m %^$ 1. Greg Gill – Wisconsin 2.02m

%^$Decathlon – 400 Meter Dash %^$ 1. Sam Killin – Purdue 48.91

%^$After Day 1-Leading Decathlete%^$ 1. Sam Killin-Purdue 3,995

%^$10,000 Meter Run%^$ 1. John Mortimer – UM 30:17.00%^$%^$Women’s Standings After Day One%^$1. Michigan 15%^$2. Wisconsin 10%^$3. Michigan State 6%^$4. Penn State 4%^$5. Minnesota 4%^$%^$Women’s Individual Results%^$Hammer Throw (Exhibition)%^$ 1. Toyinda Smith – Purdue 55.60m%^$13. Karen Keys – Ohio State 39.28m

%^$Heptathlon – 100-meter hurdles%^$ 1. Tania Longe – Michigan 13.89 %^$ 2. Desiree Jones – OSU 14.54

%^$Heptathlon – High Jump%^$ 1. Tania Longe – Michigan 1.67m %^$ 2. Desiree Jones – Ohio State 1.58m

%^$Heptathlon – Shot Put %^$ 1. Tania Longe – Michigan 13.40m%^$ 2. Desiree Jones – Ohio State 13.17m

%^$Heptathlon – 200 Meter Dash %^$ 1. Olive Ikeh – Michigan 25.54%^$ 1. Lisa Kincaid – Wisconsin 25.54%^$ 4. Desiree Jones – OSU 26.37

%^$After Day One-Leading Heptathlete%^$ 1. Tania Longe-Michigan 3,390%^$ 2. Desiree Jones-Ohio State 3,119

%^$10,000 Meter Run%^$ 1. Angie Kujak – Wis. 35:26.62%^$