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May 15, 2005

Recap |  Results

Melissa Talbot, Wisconsin
Big Ten men’s heptathlon champion

On winning a Big Ten championship
“It feels good. Things went a lot better than last year. Coming in (to this year), I was kind of iffy because I didn’t know how it was going to work out because I’ve had to take some time off lately.”

What was unexpected?
“In hurdles I didn’t expect to hit my (personal record), but I did. In the 200 (meter dash) I crushed my PR. I ran quite a bit better than I have been.”

Katrina Rundhaug, Wisconsin
Big Ten women’s 10,000 meter champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It is really exciting. Last year, I finished 10th in the same event, so to make this kind of improvement and win is something I am very proud of.”

Tim Nelson, Wisconsin
Big Ten men’s 10,000 meter champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It feels good. Most of the credit goes to my teammate, (second-place finisher) Simon Bairu. I was just trying to get points for the team. Second or first would have been the same. I didn’t expect to get first because Simon is on another level than I am. He did all the work. We both kind of relaxed until the last 200 meters and I ended up having more energy at the end.”

Aarik Wilson, Indiana
Big Ten men’s long jump champion

On winning rhe 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It feels good. Certainly winning is something to be proud of. There was excellent competition. Today gave me some added confidence as I prepare for the national championship meet.”

John Albert, Minnesota
Big Ten men’s high jump champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It feels great to be the champion. This is a really great honor. I got off to a bad start in my first jump but rebounded really well and was able to secure the win.” Tim Broderson, Iowa
Big Ten men’s discus champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It is an amazing feeling to be the champion of the conference. I thought I threw pretty well in each attempt. I threw 58 meters in my last throw which is pretty close to my personal best, so that also gave me a good feeling.”

Liz Podominick, Minnesota
Big Ten women’s shotput champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. But, I am really happy. I threw very consistent and just caught a few good breaks.”

Travis Brandstatter, Minnesota
Big Ten decathalon champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It is a great feeling but I am very lucky to have won. I only had two good events this year so I am very fortunate I was able to win.”

Rosalind Goodwin, Ohio State
Big Ten women’s long jump champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“It feels good. This is vindication for me because winning the Big Ten is a goal I have had since I was a freshman so now that pressure to win is gone.”

Cassie Hunt, Illinois
Big Ten women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“I am very happy with my performance. Winning the Big Ten is something you strive for when the season starts. All season long I have been pushing myself to get here and win the championship. Now, all my hard work has paid off.”

Tom Burns, Indiana
Big Ten 3,000-meter men’s steeplecahse champion

On winning the 2005 Big Ten Championship
“This feels great. For me it is about time. This was a great race that was a battle throughout. Everyone who was in there deserved to win this race.”