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Updates from the Big Ten Championships - Sunday

Updates from the Big Ten Championships - Sunday

Brian Mason (Athletic Communications Assistant)

Brian Mason will be posting regular updates from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as the 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships conclude Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

The men's pole vault began at 9:30 a.m. (Central time), while running events begin with the finials of the women's 4x100-meter relay at 11:45 a.m.

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9:14 a.m.
The men's pole vault is just a few minutes away, so here's a quick update for the day.  The weather has cooled off a lot, with the high expected to be only in the low 60s by this afternoon, but the clouds have peeled back and it is sunny out on the track.

Big Ten Network apparently has taken over the stadium, because there are camera positions and BTN banners everywhere you look. Their big production truck is on-site now, as well. The network will show the championships on a tape-delay basis at 3 p.m. next Sunday (May 24).

The Badgers will have Mickey DeFilippo and Wes Kavelaris in the pole vault to open things up. It was a comfortable ride over from the hotel, as it was just me, Mickey, Wes and athletic trainer Kristy Walker on the bus for the first shuttle of the day at 7:45 a.m. (Central).

I'll have updates as the competition gets going.

12:10 p.m.
Quick update between events ... the men's 4x100 relay team finished sixth in 41.28 off a great anchor carry by Kyle Jefferson ... Mickey DeFilippo is one of four competitors remaining in the men's pole vault after clearing a personal-best 17-1 3/4 ... Chavon Robinson finished fourth in the women's triple jump at 42-3 1/4

12:45 p.m.
Craig Miller has given the Badger men their second championship of the weekend, winning the 1,500 meters in 3:57.57 over teammate Jack Bolas, who was second in 3:57.72. Miller is already a five-time All-American and was regional champion in the 1,500 last year, but now has an individual Big Ten title to his credit.

The race went out slowly with both UW runners hanging toward the back, but the pace was blistering over the final 600 meters.

Junior Nate Larkin scored a runner-up finish in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.23.

On the women's side, Egle Staisiunaite ran a personal-best time of 13.69 to finish sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, improving her NCAA regional mark in the process. She also will run the 400-meter hurdles later today.

I also forgot to mention earlier that Jordan Helgren -- a freshman -- took sixth in the women's triple jump.

I'm off to check on the progress of the women's high jump and men's pole vault, which has now resumed after being delayed because the event is using the backstretch of the track, which was also needed for several races, for a runway.

4:05 p.m.
A few updates quickly from the bus: Robert Dehn took second in the men's javelin, the men's 4x400-meter relay team took third to wrap up the meet ... Zach Beth (fifth) and Steve Ludwig (seventh) both scored in the 800 meters ... Egle Staisiunaite took seventh in the women's 400-meter hurdles to go along with her sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.

I'll have complete recaps for both the men's and women's teams, as well as a photo gallery, as soon as possible.

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