Brian Mason will be posting regular updates from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as the first day of the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships get underway Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
The men's decathlon begins at 11 a.m. (Central time) with the running of the 100 meters, while the women's heptathlon starts with the 100-meter hurdles at 11:15 a.m.
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The Badgers' multi-event athletes (both the men's decathletes and women's heptathletes) have been on the track warming up for about 40 minutes. The men's team arrived in Columbus via bus at around 2 p.m. Central time yesterday, while the women's squad flew in from Madison and arrived later in the afternoon.
Everyone got a good night's sleep, and the breakfast area of the hotel was absolutely packed this morning. The Badgers are sharing their hotel, which is only a short walk from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, with the men's and women's teams from Michigan and Illinois, as well.
I'll be back throughout the day with updates after each event in the decathlon and heptathlon concludes. Look for a photo gallery and quotes from the UW coaches and athletes, as well, later today.
Also, be sure to check out my story on the Badger men's first Big Ten championship under head coach Ed Nuttycombe, which came right here in Columbus 25 years ago. I had the chance to catch up with Coach Nuttycombe and a couple of his former athletes to discuss that 1984 meet over the past couple days. It's a pretty amazing story.
The opening event is in the books in the decathlon, with Derek Steinbach leading the way in the 100 meters. He had the fourth-fastest time of the event at 11.27 seconds to earn 801 points. Seth Pelock ran 11.40 for a score of 774 points, while Ian Jansen clocked in at 11.54 for a score of 744 and Brennan Boettcher ran 11.79 to score 693.
In the women's heptathlon, freshman Jessica Flax ran a time of 14.54 seconds to score 903 points in the day's first event, the 100-meter hurdles.
The decathlon long jump has wrapped up and we're awaiting results as the men head to the shot put, while the high jump is still going on for the heptathletes. I'll be back with updates in a little while.
Here are your results from the men's decathlon long jump for the Badgers:
8. Brennan Boettcher; 21-6 3/4 (713 points)
9. Derek Steinbach; 21-6 1/4 (711 points)
10. Seth Pelock; 20-11 3/4 (673 points)
11. Ian Jansen; 20-10 1/2 (666 points)
So, the standings through two events:
1. Joey Schwecke, Minnesota; 1,662
5. Derek Steinbach, Wisconsin; 1,512
7. Seth Pelock, Wisconsin; 1,447
10. Ian Jansen, Wisconsin; 1,410
11. Brennan Boettcher, Wisconsin; 1,406
Here's something interesting that I forgot to mention: junior Seth Pelock had the most unfortunate draw of any athlete when it came to the assignment of competitor numbers for the meet. He was issued No. 666.
Flax clears a personal-best 5 feet, 4 1/4 inches to score 771 points in the high jump. She made a first-attempt clearance on each of the first seven bars she attempted and then made it over 5-4 1/4 on her third try at that height.
Flax is now in a tie for fifth in the standings, just 20 points out of fourth place.
Updated heptahtlon standings:
1. Liz Roehrig, Minnesota; 1,889 points
T-5. Jessica Flax, Wisconsin; 1,674 points
The decathlon shot put also has concluded, and I'll bring you those results when I have them.
Just finished up the first round of photos from today. You can see them in the photo gallery below. Also, the results are in for the decathlon shot put:
3. Derek Steinbach; 45-10 3/4 (728 points)
5. Seth Pelock; 41-8 (649 points)
12. Ian Jansen; 35-8 3/4 (539 points)
15. Brennan Boettcher; 33-6 3/4 (499 points).
Updated standings, through three events:
1. R.J. McGinnis, Minnesota: 2,390 points
4. Derek Steinbach, Wisconsin: 2,240
6. Seth Pelock, Wisconsin: 2,096
12. Ian Jansen, Wisconsin: 1,949
14. Brennan Boettcher, Wisconsin: 1,905
The heptathlon shot put is underway now, and the decathlon high jump is about to begin. I'm off to take more photos.....
The heptathlon has wrapped up for the day, and Flax stands seventh after four events. The shot put is far from her best event, and she posted a mark of 34 feet, 7 inches for 565 points. She then ran seventh-fastest in the 200 meters to conclude the first day, clocking in at 26.05.
The 200 was reversed because of the wind, so Flax's heat had a stiff 3.7 meters-per-second breeze at its back. Had it not been for the 1.6 mps headwind her heat battled in the 100 hurdles to start the day, Flax's score certainly would be a little bit higher, but she is in fine shape heading into the second day.
So, updated standings through the first day in the heptathlon:
1. Liz Roehrig, Minnesota: 3,610 points
7. Jessica Flax, Wisconsin: 3,032 points
On the men's side, the decathlon high jump is still (yes, still) going on. It's warm and there have been no clouds to block the sun, so most of the competitors are using umbrellas for shade between jumps. Seth Pelock had an interesting high jump experience, though, as he hit one of the standards that supports the bar with his head and had to get some stitches.
I'll have those results from the high jump when they are available.
The women's hammer throw also is underway at the satellite throws area right now, with Rebecca Fritz and Johanne Verpil competing for the Badgers. I'll have those results soon, as well.
The decathlon has concluded for the day, as well. I would have had the results to you earlier, but a protest in the 400 meters led to a delay in the results being released.
Boettcher tied for the fifth-best mark in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 6 inches to score 785 points. Pelock jumped 6-1 1/4 for 679 points, Steinbach cleared 6 feet to score 653 and Jansen made it over the bar at 5-9 3/4 for 602 points.
The first day of the decathlon wrapped up with the 400 meters, which Steinbach finished in 51.32 to pace the Badgers and score 755 points. Jansen ran a 51.60 (742 points), Pelock clocked in at 51.63 (741 points) and Boettcher finished in 52.20 (716 points).
The decathlon standings after five events:
1. R.J. McGinnis, Minnesota: 3,965
5. Derek Steinbach, Wisconsin: 3,648
9. Seth Pelock, Wisconsin: 3,516
12. Brennan Boettcher, Wisconsin: 3,406
15. Ian Jansen, Wisconsin: 3,293
In the hammer throw, Verpil put the UW women on the board by scoring in the event with an eighth-place finish. She threw 163 feet, 2 inches, while Fritz took 16th place with a mark of 138-4.
The only events remaining tonight are the men's and women's 10,000-meter races. Senior Gwen Jorgensen is a title threat for the Badgers in the women's event, while Christian Wagner enters the men's race as the No. 2 seed.
I'll be back with more as the 10K races draw closer.
Junior Hanna Grinaker gave the Badgers their second scoring performance of the day as she ran to a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters. Grinaker clocked in at 35:09.09, nearly a minute slower than her personal-best time that has her provisionally qualified for the NCAA championships, but clocked in below the previous Owens Stadium record of 35:26.85 that had belonged to former UW teammate Katrina Rundhaug.
Minnesota's Megan Duwell won the race in 34:45.70.
Senior Gwen Jorgensen, who had been running with the group of seven runners that broke away from the rest of the pack, dropped out late in the race. She is the No. 2 seed for Sunday's 5,000 meters.
The men's 10K is underway on the track and I'll be back with a final update soon.
Senior Christian Wagner gave the Badgers men their first points of the meet by finishing fifth in the 10,000 meters. He clocked in at 30:46.73.
Minnesota sophomore Hassan Mead ran a stadium-record time of 30:03.21 to take the win.
UW's Landon Peacock did not finish the race.
Check back a little while later for my full recap of the day's events.