SPIRE Institute to Host Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships

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Geneva, Ohio - Februrary 28, 2020 - SPIRE Institute will host the 2020 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships Februrary 28-29. Fans can expect new concessions and giveaways including the chance to win a week of camp at SPIRE in any sport!

Where:

The meet will be held in PSIRE's Track adn Field Building, which houses 8 lane 300 meter track with 10 lane striaghtaways. Two Long Jump Pits, two High Jump Pits, two Pole Vault Pits, two Shot Put circles centeres field, and one Weight Throw Cage. 

Meet Schedule:

Friday events begin at 10:50 am with the Combined Events . Field and running events to follow an hour later. 

Saturday Events start at 11 am.

Tickets:

All Session Tickets:

 - Adult $25

 - Senior/Student $15

Single Session Tickets:

 - Adult $15

 - Senior/Student $8

 - Children and Active Military (with ID) are Free

Field to Include:

University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, Univeristy of Michigan, Michigan State University, Univeristy of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Univeristy of Wisconsin.

The University of Nebraska Men and the Ohio State University Women will be defending their titles as Conference Champions. 

Here are some returning champions from 2019 and other notes to watch for (reigning Big Ten event champion in parentheses):
 
Men

 - Indiana’s Adam Coulon (pole vault)

 - Iowa’s Jaylan McConico (60 hurdles)

 - Michigan’s Andrew Liskowitz (shot put)

 - Nebraska’s Mayson Conner (high jump – was also Big Ten Indoor Freshman of the Year)

 - Penn State’s David Lucas (2018 NCAA Champion in weight throw and two-time All-American in weight throw)

 - Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare (mile, plus helped DMR to win; was the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter champ in 2018 en route to being Big Ten Athlete of the Championships)

 - Nebraska’s 93-91 win over Indiana last year was the closest Big Ten Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championships since 2003 (Wisconsin over Minnesota, 133.5-131.5)

Women

 - Indiana’s Jenna Jungels (long jump)

 - Iowa’s Jenny Kimbro (60 hurdles; also has the nation’s third-highest heptathlon point total in the nation this year at 4,269 points, with Penn State’s Madeline Holmberg fifth at 4,171 points, Minnesota’s Ayesha Champagnie seventh at 4,113 points, Michigan State’s Asya Reynolds eighth at 4,079 points and Ohio State’s Alexus Pyles 10th at 4,040 points)

 - Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga (currently second in nation in shot put this year at 17.96m/58-11.25 … Indiana’s Madison Pollard and Khayla Dawson and 

 - Ohio State’s Adelaide Aquilla are fourth-sixth nationally in the shot put this year, part of a group of nine Big Ten throwers among the top 16 marks in the nation this year)

 - Michigan State’s Sophia Franklin (pole vault)

 - Ohio State’s Anavia Battle (200 meters in record time of 22.80 – currently has world’s fastest 200 time this year at 22.66 seconds in Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational; also second in the 60 last year and was the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year)

 - Penn State’s Danae Rivers (800 meters in record time of 2:03.45 and reigning NCAA indoor 800-meter champion)

 - Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson (3,000 and 5,000 meters – reigning Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Track Athlete of the Championships, as well as reigning NCAA indoor 5,000-meter champion … currently has nation’s second-fastest 3,000 time this year at 8:53.69 in Feb. 8 at 113th Millrose Games in New York)

 - Should be noted Ohio State’s Sade Olatoye, a two-time Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships, three-time Big Ten shot put and two-time Big Ten weight throw champion indoors (as well as shot put record holder last year at 17.88m/58-8), plus the 2019 NCAA weight throw champion, only has a season of outdoor eligibility remaining, so while she’s listed on their roster, she isn’t able to compete during indoor season.

 - Ohio State’s 112-83 win over Indiana last year was the largest in the Big Ten Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships since 2011, when OSU won its first-ever Big Ten indoor women’s title, 122.5-86 over Penn State.

About the Big Ten

Known as one of intercollegiate sports’ most successful undertakings, the Big Ten is home to a lineage of legendary names and an ongoing tradition of developing strong leaders. Even in its infancy, the conference established itself as the preeminent collection of institutions in the nation, where the pursuit of academic excellence prevailed as the definitive goal.

The history of the Big Ten traces back more than 120 years to the Palmer House hotel in Chicago, where on January 11, 1895, then-Purdue president James H. Smart and leaders from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin set out to organize and develop principles for the regulation of intercollegiate athletics. More than 120 years after its inception, the Big Ten remains a national leader in intercollegiate athletics on and off the field. Big Ten programs have combined to win more than 450 team and 1,800 individual national championships, consistently taking home individual honors for athletic and academic accomplishments and fulfilling the Big Ten’s mission of academic achievement and athletic success.

About SPIRE Institute

Constructed on 177 acres of expansive land, at 750,000 square feet, SPIRE IA is among the largest and best-equipped indoor sports facilities in North America. SPIRE Academy serves as a national/international college preparatory academy for high school and postgraduate athletes. It provides physical, mental and nutritional performance training as well as sports-specific training/competition programming in swimming, track and field, basketball and e-sports. SPIRE’S experienced coaching staff conducts academy, camp, club and skill development programs in all of these sports; and it offers exceptional league play in soccer and volleyball. SPIRE also hosts countless sport competitions including those organized by the NCAA, the Big East, the Big Ten, and the Atlantic 10 conferences. Spire has also hosted Olympic trials and world championship qualifiers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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