Mullen Crowned Big Ten Champion
Feb. 23, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - University of Iowa track and field athlete Jordan Mullen took the Big Ten Title in the men's 60-meter hurdles at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon. The men's team tallied 49 points to finish seventh, while the women finished 11th with 11 points. The Big Ten Indoor Championships were held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Mullen took the title in the 60-meter hurdles when he crossed the line in a school record setting time of 7.70. The senior's time was also a new SPIRE Institute record. This marks the third time Mullen has broken his own school record in the event this season.
Senior Josh Larney reached the victory stand in the men's 60 meters. Larney clocked a time of 6.75 to finish second. His time ties his personal best, and ranks third all-time at Iowa. Junior Raven Moore grabbed a sixth-place finish in the women's 200 meters. Moore crossed the line in 24.29.
Sophomore Babatunde Amosu grabbed a second-place finish in the men's triple jump. Amosu recorded a personal best leap of 50-10 ¾ (15.51m). That mark ranks fifth all-time at Iowa. Klyvens Delaunay finished fourth in the event. The freshman posted a mark of 50-10 (15.49m). Freshman David Nsabua finished eighth when leapt to a personal best mark of 48-9 (14.86m). That mark ranks eighth all-time at Iowa. Carisa Leacock posted an 11th place finish in the women's triple jump. The junior recorded a mark of 39-7 ¼ (12.07m).
"I felt a lot better at the end of the meet than I did at the end of the first day," Larry Wieczorek, director of track and field, said of the men's team. "We fought hard today like I wanted us too. We are not near the type of team we want to be this year, but we are certainly building momentum heading into the outdoor season."
Khanishah Williams reached the victory stand in the women's high jump. The sophomore cleared a height of 5-9 ¾ (1.77m) to finish third. Junior Zinnia Miller (13th; 5-6; 1.68m) and freshman Tayo Oladele-Ajose (17th; 5-4 ¼; 1.63m) also competed in the event.
Senior Ethan Holmes grabbed sixth-place finishes in both the 60-meter hurdles and 200 meters. Holmes clocked a hurdles time of 7.88, and a personal best 200 meters time of 21.38. His 200 meters time ranks seventh all-time at Iowa.
Senior Kyle Reid broke his own heptathlon school record when he tallied 5,354 points, breaking his previous school record by nearly 100 points (5,257). Reid recorded personal best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (7th; 8.48) and pole vault (3rd; 16-6 ¾; 5.05m) to capture a seventh-place overall finish in the event. His pole vault mark ranks third all-time at Iowa. Reid also recorded a first-place finish in the heptathlon's 1,000 meters when he crossed the line in 2:39.97.
Junior Jack Eckert recorded personal best marks in the 60-meter hurdles and the 1,000 meters to earn an 11th place overall finish in the men's heptathlon. Eckert's hurdles time of 8.73 earned him an 11th place finish, while he finished second in the 1,000 with a time of 2:40.06. Eckert tallied a personal best point total of 5,071. That total ranks fourth all-time at Iowa.
The men's 1,600-meter relay team clocked their fastest time of the indoor season. The team of Holmes, sophomore Kaleb VanCleave, and seniors Keaton Rickels and Ryan Weir finished seventh with a time of 3:10.32. The women's team of freshman MonTayla Holder, Moore, freshman Kaitlyn Nelson, and junior Adrianne Alexia also clocked their season best time. The quartet finished ninth with a time of 3:43.80. That time ranks 10th all-time at Iowa.
Sophomore Kevin Lewis ran to a sixth-place finish in the men's 5,000 meters. Lewis recorded a personal best time of 14:16.74, shattering his previous best of 14:27.28 set on Feb. 9. Senior Jon Michael Brandt finished 21st in the event with a time of 14:41.45.
Holder earned an eighth place finish in the women's 600 meters. The freshman crossed the line in 1:31.31.
Junior Jasmine Simpson's weight throw toss of 61-2 ¾ (18.66m) earned her an eighth-place finish. Junior Ashlyn Gulvas finished 15th in the event (58-1; 17.70m), while senior Majesty Tutson (54-6; 16.61m) and sophomore Annemie Smith (54-3 ¼; 16.54) finished 19th and 20th, respectively.
"This was a disappointing championship performance in what has been a disappointing season," head coach Layne Anderson said of Hawkeye women's team. "We need to get a lot of individuals healthy for outdoor, and turn our performance around. Our placing this weekend does not reflect the potential of our program. It starts with me as the head coach. I certainly expect more of myself, our staff, and the team. This is an unacceptable level of performance."
The Hawkeyes will return to action March 2, when they split competitors between Last Chance Meets in Ames, Iowa, and Notre Dame, Ind.