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Big Ten Athletics | May 18, 2014

DI M T&F: Wisconsin claims third Big Ten title in a row

  Zach Ziemek helped Wisconsin's cause with his second consecutive Big Ten decathlon title on Saturday.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Wisconsin claimed the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Rankin Track & Field. The Badgers posted three individual crowns en route to their third consecutive title and 26th overall. Wisconsin becomes the first team to win three consecutive conference championships since the Badgers won four in a row from 2004-07.

Wisconsin totaled 121 points to claim the championship, while Illinois (109 points) and Nebraska (106 points) came in second and third, respectively. Ohio State finished in fourth place with 80 points, while Purdue rounded out the top five with 79 points.

The Badgers picked up first-place finishes from Mohammed Ahmed (5,000-meter run), Reed Connor (10,000-meter run) and Zach Ziemek (pentathlon). Wisconsin claimed the top three spots in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, as Connor and Malachy Schrobilgen followed Ahmed in the 5,000-meters and Ahmed and VanVoorhis finished behind Connor in the 10,000-meters.

The Illini and Huskers also tallied three first-place finishes at the championships. Illinois’ Vanier Joseph (100-meter hurdles), Joe McAsey (800-meter run) and Stephon Pamilton (400-meter dash) each won Big Ten titles, while Nebraska’s Miles Ukaomoa (400-meter hurdles), Chad Wright (discus) and the 4x400-meter relay team of Jacob Bender, Levi Gipson, Cody Rush and Drew Wiseman also claimed conference crowns.

Also earning first-place finishes were Indiana’s Rorey Hunter (1,500-meter run), Iowa’s Keith Brown, Tevin Cee-Mincy, James Harrington and O’Shea Wilson (4x100-meter relay), Michigan’s Bradley James (high jump), Minnesota’s Zach Seigmeier (pole vault) and Trevor Yedoni (long jump), Ohio State’s Jackson Neff (3,000-meter steeplechase), Penn State’s Darrell Hill (shot put), Michael Shuey (javelin) and Steve Waithe (triple jump) and Purdue’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi (hammer throw) and Raheem Mostert (100- and 200-meter dashes).

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