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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 6/9/2024, Last updated: 6/17/2024
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NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field: June 8

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Rose Yeboah, ILL / Photos courtesy of Illinois Athletics


TRACK TOWN, USA — The 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday with the final day of women's competition at Hayward Field.

Another national champion was crowned in the Big Ten Conference as junior Rose Yeboah of Illinois cleared an NCAA meet and school record 1.97 meters (6-5.5) in the high jump to share the title with Georgia's Elena Kulichenko. Both athletes chose not to compete in a jump-off.

Yeboah, the Illini women's first national champion since 2013, qualified for the Paris Olympic Summer Games representing Ghana. Yeboah capped her freshman season by earning All-American honors for outdoors and indoors in the high jump.

Illinois teammate Darja Sopova placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 14.01 meters (45-11.75). The junior transfer from Texas was an outdoor and indoor All-American in her first season with the Illini. Nebraska junior Jenna Rogers finished fifth in the triple jump with a PR of 1.87 meters (6-1.5).

The best finish of the day on the track for a Big Ten athlete belong to Michigan junior Savannah Sutherland. Last year's winner in the 400 Hurdles, Sutherland ran like a champion in defense of her title, leading for most of the race before finishing second in a time of 53.36 (PR).

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Savannah Sutherland, MICH / Photo by Walt Middleton for Michigan Athletics

The Big Ten recorded a pair of Top-5 finishes in the discus with Minnesota junior Shelby Frank taking fourth (61.01 meters/200-2) and senior Corinne Jemison of Michigan claiming fifth (60.07 meters/197-1). Penn State sophomore Hayley Kitching also secured a fifth-place showing in the 800 (2:01.05) with Ohio State sophomore Aniya Mosley finishing seventh in the same event (2:01.23).

Other notable performances included senior Aasia Laurencin of Michigan seizing sixth place in the 100 Hurdles in a time of 12.86 and Ohio State junior Leah Betrand placing seventh in the 100 with a time of 11.05.

Nebraska recorded a Top-10 finish in team scoring, placing ninth with 25.5 points. Illinois finished 16th with 20 points and Michigan placed 18th with 15 points. Arkansas won the team competition on the last event with 63 points, four points ahead of Florida. Host Oregon, which finished fourth, will join the Big Ten this summer.

All told, the Big Ten won five individual national titles (three women, two men) this week in Eugene. The Big Ten had 51 female athletes compete at the NCAAs, producing 57 All-America honors, which will be made official in the coming days by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

First Team (places 1-8)
Rose Yeboah, Illinois, 1st, High Jump
Rhema Otabor, Nebraska, 1st, Javelin
Chloe Timberg, Rutgers, 1st, Pole Vault
Darja Sopova, Illinois, 2nd, Triple Jump
Savannah Sutherland, Michigan, 2nd, 400 Hurdles
Axelina Johansson, Nebraska, 3rd, Shot Put
Shelby Frank, Minnesota, 4th, Discus
Corinne Jemison, Michigan, 5th, Discus
Jenna Rogers, Nebraska, 5th, High Jump
Eniko Sara, Nebraska, 5th, Javelin
Hayley Kitching, Penn State, 5th, 800
Aasia Laurencin, Michigan, 6th, 100 Hurdles
Tori Thomas, Illinois, 7th, Pole Vault
Shelby Frank, Minnesota, 7th, Hammer
Velecia Williams, Nebraska, 7th, Long Jump
Leah Bertrand, Ohio State, 7th, 100
Aniya Mosley, Ohio State, 7th, 800
Amber Simpson, Illinois, 8th, Hammer

Second Team (9-16)
Jessica McDowell, Illinois, 9th, 400
Bara Sajdokova, Illinois, 9th, High Jump
Kayla Thorpe, Maryland, 9th, Javelin
Ashley McElmurry, Nebraska, 10th, Triple Jump
Marcia Sey, Nya Bussey, Fatouma Conde, Leah Bertrand, Ohio State, 10th, 4x100
Diarra Sow, Minnesota, 11th, Triple Jump
Zoie Dundon, Minnesota, 12th, Steeplechase
Fatouma Conde, Chanler Robinson, Columba Effiong, Bryannia Murphy, Ohio State, 12, 4x400
Asia Thomas, Sophia Beckmon, Tacoria Humphrey, Jessica McDowell, Illinois, 13th, 4x100
Paige Magee, Iowa, 13th, 100 Hurdles
Emma Yungeberg, Michigan, 14th, Javelin
Rhianna Phipps, Nebraska, 14th, Triple Jump
Florence Caron, Penn State, 14th, 10,000
Mirta Kulisic, Nebraska, 15th, Javelin
Kalynn Meyer, Nebraska, 15th, Discus
Janela Spencer, Ohio State, 15th, 100 Hurdles

Honorable Mention (17-24)
Anthonett Nabwe, Minnesota, 17th, Shot Put
Olivia Roberts, Wisconsin, 17th, Hammer
Riley Ammenhauser, Michigan, 18th, Triple Jump
Odell Frye, Minnesota, 19th, 100
Emanuela Casadei, Nebraska, 19th, Javelin
Faith Bender, Ohio State, 19th, Discus
Celine Brown, Rutgers, 21st, Long Jump
Mia Morello, Illinois, 22nd, Pole Vault
Hillevi Carlsson, Nebraska, 22nd, Hammer
Nya Bussey, Ohio State, 22nd, 100
Odell Frye, Victory Godah, Zariayh Black, Alliyah McNeil, Minnesota, 23rd, 4x100