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Several Penn Staters Take Home Titles In Big Ten Track & Field Championships

It was a huge weekend for Penn State track and field athletes in Iowa City at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. In addition to several top finishes in various competitions, a number of athletes cemented themselves in the Penn State record books.

Morgan Shigo highlighted day one by winning the men’s hammer throw Big Ten Championship for the first time in Penn State history. Shigo advanced to the finals with his throw of 69.57 meters, and won the event with his best throw of 72.04 meters. The throw was also a facility record at the University of Iowa’s Cretzmeyer Track.

Kathryn Munks and Julia Paternain also had successful days by finishing fifth and sixth in the women’s 10,000-meter final. Their finishes put them at second and third all-time at Penn State in the women’s 10,000-meter run, respectively.

Noah Swaby finished third in the decathlon thanks to a personal-best performance in the 1,500-meter run. The sophomore finished with a time of 4:35.17 seconds in the final event of the decathlon.

The Nittany Lions dominated the women’s 400-meter run final. Alexis Holmes won the event, running a Kretzmeyer Track record of 52.17 seconds, while Kiara Lester finished third.

Danae Rivers continued Penn State’s winning ways by taking home the title in the women’s 800-meter run for the second year in a row. Rivers ran a time of 2:04.71 seconds, which set a new facility record at Kretzmeyer Track.

Domenic Peretta finished second in the men’s 800-meter run final with a time of 1:48.75 seconds, continuing to keep the Nittany Lions at the top of the leaderboard in track events.

Freshmen Alexis Holmes and Justin Ofotan both finished fifth in the women’s 200-meter and men’s 100-meter dashes, respectively. Holmes ran a time of 23.83 seconds in the 200-meter, while Ofotan ran a collegiate-best 10.39 seconds in the 100-meter.

The men’s team finished ninth overall in total points while the women’s squad finished in sixth place.

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Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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