COLUMBUS, Ohio Sarah Foster earned the only four Buckeye points on the day as the Ohio State women’s track and field teamed kicked off the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Foster ran a time 35.27.21 in the 10000m run to take fifth behind fourth-place finisher Hanna Grinaker of Wisconsin. Minnesota junior Megan Duwell ran a stadium record and NCAA provisional time of 34.45.70 to take the victory, with fellow Gopher Amy Labowske finishing in second at 34:51.85. Third-place went to Indiana’s Wendi Robinson, who crossed the finish line in 35.02.34.  

Ohio State sophomore Alana Gray sits in fourth-place in the heptathlon at the end of day one with 3164 points. Minnesota senior Liz Roehrig leads the field with 3610 points, followed by Bettie Wade of Michigan with 3485. Gayle Hunter, Penn State senior, is third at 3479. Gray’s best finish on the day was her fourth-place run in the 200m dash at 25.44.

The Big Ten record fell in the pole vault, with Minnesota junior Alicia Rue shattering her own Big Ten record mark of 4.26m with her winning vault of 4.35m, which also broke the Jesse Owens Stadium record. Indiana claimed second and third, with Vera Neuenswander and Stephanie Chin both clearing 4.05m.

Rue and the Golden Gophers lead the field heading into day two with 38 points, followed by Indiana with 27 points. Ohio State’s four points puts the Buckeyes in eighth heading into Saturday’s competition, which begins at 9:30 a.m. ET with the decathlon 110m hurdles.

Team Rankings Three Events Scored

1) Minnesota 38
2) Indiana 27
3) Purdue 14
4) Penn State 10
4) Michigan 10
6) Wisconsin 6
6) Michigan State 6
8) Ohio State 4
9) Iowa 2
10) Illinois NTS