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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 6/6/2024, Last updated: 6/7/2024
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NCAA Men's Outdoor Track & Field: June 5

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Jason Swarens, WIS / Photo: Aimee Sinacola, Oregon Athletics


EUGENE, Ore. — The 2024 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships began Wednesday at iconic Hayward Field, which is hosting the event for the 15th time.

The Big Ten produced seven First Team All-Americans (detailed below) and saw three freshmen make podium finishes.

Wisconsin junior Jason Swarens recorded the highest finish of the day for the conference with a runner-up showing in the shot put. Swarens registered a season-high mark of 20.38 meters (66-10.5) as three Big Ten throwers placed among the top eight spots. Illinois senior Tyler Sudduth took seventh, becoming the first Illini All-American in the event this century, and Nebraska senior Kevin Shubert placed eighth.

Freshman Angelos Mantzouranis, earned six points for Minnesota with a third-place finish in the hammer throw, recording a distance of 75.50 meters (247-8). Freshman teammate Charles Godfred finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 7.90 meters (25-11). Godfred will compete in the Nigerian National Championships later this month. Minnesota is alone in eighth place in the team standings with nine points.

Freshman Cody Johnston of Illinois placed fifth in the pole vault, clearing 5.52 meters (18-1.25). In the process, he became the first freshman in school history to earn All-America honors and score at the national meet.

Iowa sophomore Mike Stein finished seventh in the javelin with a throw of 72.81 meters (238-10). Fellow Hawkeye Austin West stands third in the decathlon after four disciplines completed with 4,272 points.

Big Ten runners also qualified for the finals of the 200, 1,500 and the 110 Hurdles. Cheickna Traore of Penn State clocked the fastest time in the 200 prelims (20.02) while Wisconsin's Adam Spencer (3:37.32—1,500) and Nebraska's Darius Luff (13.31—110 hurdles) registered the second-fastest heat time in their respective events.

Angelos Mantzouranis, Peter Miller, MINN
Photo courtesy of Minnesota Athletics