Penn State wins Big Ten conference title, Jones wins 100-meter dash
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Bolstered by event victories from juniors Mahagony Jones and Evonne Britton, Penn State captured top honors in the team standings on Sunday at the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio State. The Nittany Lions totaled 133 points on their way to the program's fourth outdoor conference team title, besting Illinois, which came in second with 120.
The Nittany Lions, who have now taken home seven Big Ten team titles in track and field and cross country, have won the conference outdoor crown on four of the last six occasions, picking up victories in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013.
Jones solidified her position as one of the top sprinters in the conference and the nation, taking top honors in the 100 meters, thanks to a time of 11.32. Jones wasn't done, however, coming back to earn a silver-medal finish in the 200 meters with a time of 23.37. Jones won the sixth Big Ten 100 title in program history, following all-time Nittany Lions athletes Connie Moore and Shavon Greaves. Moore won conference century crowns in 2002, 2003, and 2004, while Greaves won two in a row in 2009, and 2010.
Britton was equally as outstanding, speeding to a season-best 13.13 to win the 100-meter hurdles and capture her first-career Big Ten victory. She also picked up a scoring finish in the 400-meter hurdles, adding to one of the Lions' most prolific performances of the afternoon. Led by a second-place finish from freshman Kiah Seymour, the Nittany Lions amassed 17 points in the 400 hurdles, with Seymour in second in 58.90, Britton in fourth in 59.21, and redshirt freshman Shelley Black in fifth in 59.63.