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May 22, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After the first day of competition in the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Purdue University, the Boilermakers lead the way for the women, while Michigan State holds the edge on the men’s front. %^$Alexis Schulist (Jr., Muskegon, Mich.) had a third-place performance in the women’s 10,000 meters, giving the Buckeyes their lone top three performance on the day. Competition resumes on Sat., with some of the strongest Ohio State competitors still to take the blocks.%^$

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Team Scores After Day One-Women%^$1. Purdue 45%^$2. Minnesota 25%^$3. Wisconsin 18%^$4. Michigan 10%^$5. Indiana 8%^$6. Ohio State 6%^$7. Michigan State 3%^$8. Iowa 2%^$

Team Scores After Day One-Men%^$1. Michigan State 26%^$2. Iowa 17%^$3. Michigan 14%^$4. Purdue 13%^$5. Illinois 4%^$ Minnesota 4%^$

Individual Event Winners%^$Men’s Hammer Throw%^$1. Arno VanDerWestuizen, Iowa 61.64m%^$11. Andrew Saurer, Ohio State 48.72m%^$15. Rusty Azbell, Ohio State 45.32m%^$

Women’s Hammer Throw%^$1. Toyinda Smith, Purdue 55.38m%^$14. Karen Keys, Ohio State 42.88m%^$15. Katy Craig, Ohio State 41.70m%^$

Women’s 10,000 Meters%^$1. Erica Palmer, Wisconsin 25:13.36%^$3. Alexis Schulist, Ohio State 26:24.13%^$16. Karyn Kelly, Ohio State 28:37.24%^$%^$