COLUMBUS, Ohio – Maggie Mullen won the first conference title of her career Saturday at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., helping the Ohio State women’s track and field team to fourth-place overall at the end of the second day of competition.
Mullen’s title-winning throw was also record breaking – the sophomore’s 50.65m (166-02) mark shattered her own school record of 48.30m set earlier this year, while at the same time placing her among the Top 15 Division I performers in the javelin. Penn State’s Karlee McQuillen, the top athlete in the event headed into the weekend, finished second at 48.34m (158-7.25).
As a team, Ohio State finds itself in fourth-place after day two at Indiana University with 33 team points. Minnesota leads the championships with 52 points, with Wisconsin four points back. Two-time defending champ Penn State is in fifth (24 pts.), with most of its top events still to come.
Other highlights for the Buckeyes on day two:
- Kelcey McKinney finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.98m (19-7.50), a personal best that added four points to Ohio State’s point total. Minnesota’s Todea-Kay Willis finished first at 6.33m (20-9.25).
- Ashley Galbraith finished fifth in the heptathlon with 4851 points, good for four points toward the team score. Galbraith recorded Top 5 finishes in the high jump (second), 800m dash (fourth) and 100m hurdles. Dorcas Akinniyi of Wisconsin won the championship with a total of 5584 points.
- Christina Manning and Letecia Wright qualified 1-2 in the 100m hurdle preliminaries. Manning took first in 13.10, followed by Wright in 13.17.
- Defending Big Ten indoor champ Shaniqua McGinnis posted the top 400m preliminary time (53.53, a season-best) ahead of rival Fawn Dorr of Penn State (54.27). Latoya Sanderson will also run tomorrow after taking fifth in 54.72.
- Manning qualified second behind Penn State All-American Shavon Greaves in both the 100m and 200m dashes – her time of 23.78 in the 200 is a season-best.
- The Buckeye 4x100m relay team qualified third for the 4x100m relay in a season-best time of 45.02. Illinois sits in first headed into tomorrow’s championship run (44.71), with Penn State in second (44.82).
- Freshman Victoria Brink broke Melanie Price’s school record in the 3000m steeplechase with a PR and 11th-place time of 10:44.99. Penn State’s Bridget Franek won the event in a Big Ten championship record time of 9:48.28, the top DI time in the country this season.
Competition resumes tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ET with the triple jump finals.
2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships
Results – Day Two
1) Minnesota – 56 pts.
2) Wisconsin – 52
3) Indiana – 41
4) Ohio State – 33
5) Penn State – 24
5) Illinois -24
7) Purdue – 22
8) Michigan – 15
9) Michigan State – 5
10) Iowa – 1