With a strong day one performance under its belt, the men’s team turned its momentum into a third place Big Ten finish Saturday, on the heels of some impressive individual performances.
Sophomore Robby Creese, freshman Brannon Kidder, and senior Casimir Loxsom paced the team with their three individual victories.
Loxsom stole the show, winning the men’s 600-meter in record setting fashion. His time of 1:15.42 is a new Penn State record, a new Big Ten record and the fastest time ever run by an American.
Creese, after anchoring Penn State’s Big Ten Champion distance medley relay on Friday, continued his championship caliber weekend by winning the mile run with a time of 4:01.51 to bring home Penn State’s first Big Ten championship in the mile.
Kidder, also a member of the Penn State distance medley relay, brought home Penn State’s fifth 800-meter Big Ten title in the last six years with a time of 1:49.73.
Penn State’s total of 87 points was just three off of Wisconsin’s Big Ten Championship total of 90.
The Nittany Lion women also put forth a solid team effort to amass a total of 73 points on the weekend, good for a fourth place finish.
Juniors Mahagony Jones and Marlene Rickets paved the way for the Lions, earning silver medals on Saturday in the 60-meter dash and the triple jump respectively.
Jones had a busy weekend and earned points in both events she competed in. Jones finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.42, and fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 23.56.
Ricketts turned in a lifetime-best 42-04.75 in the triple jump for a second place finish. Her effort is good for second best in the Penn State record books.
Jones and Ricketts were backed by a number of top five finishes in track events as well as a fifth place finish from junior captain Melissa Kurzdorfer in the weight throw.
Illinois took home the women’s Big Ten Team Championship with a point total of 115 edging out second place Wisconsin by just three points.
Full men's and women's 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships results can be found here.