Cooper Williams brings home Big Ten title in 800 meter race

Indiana Track & Field concluded it's stint at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday afternoon. Leah Moran, Ben Veatch, and Cooper Williams earned their first career Big Ten Championships in their respective events.

Posted: May. 12, 2019 11:13 PM

IOWA CITY, Iowa— Indiana Track & Field concluded it's stint at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday afternoon. Leah Moran, Ben Veatch, and Cooper Williams earned their first career Big Ten Championships in their respective events.

In the team competition, both squads were runners-up. The men scored 103 points while the scored 95 points.

Moran saw an outdoor best jump in the triple jump to earn gold with distance of 12.98m (46' 7"). After taking silver in the 10K, Veatch returned to the track to compete in the 5K where he was able to hold off teammate Kyle Mau for the victory in a time of 14:35.45. Cooper Williams walked away a champion in the 800m as he fended off two opponents in the last 100m to clock a time of 1:48.69.

Earning medal on the final day were Katherine Receveur, Mau, and Eric Bethea. Receveur competed in the 5K where she clocked a 15:58.05 to take home bronze. Mau gave it all he had in the last 100m of the men's 5K as he finished with a time of 14:35.60 which was just .15 second shy of Veatch as he took silver. The redshirt junior also placed third in men's 1500m final with a time of x Also taking silver was Eric Bethea in the triple jump as he jumped a solid 16.09m (52' 9.5).

15 individuals and two relay squads scored for the Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon. Joe Murphy, Teddy Browning, Kenneth Hagen, Rikkoi Brathwaite, Daniel Kuhn, Daniel Michalski, Maggie Allen, Haley Harris, Kelsey Harris, Joely Pinkston, Maddy Pollard, Khayla Dawson, Hope Purcell, and Natalie Price all picked up individual points. The men's 4x100 and 4x400 relays also contributed to the overall team score.

Murphy, Browning, and Hagen all competed in the final of the men's 1500m where they finished back-to-back-in fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. Murphy clocked a time of 3:44.96 while Teddy Browning picked up a time of 3:45.20. Hagen rounded out the field with a time of 3:45.68. On the women's side, Haley Harris placed fourth in a time of 4:21.02.

Brathwaite returned to the track for the finals of the 100m as he finished in sixth and clocked a time of 10.39.

Kuhn dug deep and found a way to out kick his opponents to pick up a podium with a time of 1:50.23 in the 800m. In the women's field, Harris (2:06.11) and Pinkston (2:07.84) placed fourth and sixth, respectively.

Rounding the men who scored was Michalski who ran his first 5K of the season. The graduate transfer was able to race to fifth place with a time of 14:36.57. On the women's side Allen returned to the oval after her Big Ten Championship 10K to place fourth in the 5K with a time of 15:59.02.

Price got the points rolling for the women as she finished in fifth in the 400m finals with a time of 54.87.

Turning to the field, Dawson and Pollard made it to the finals of the women's discus. Pollard saw a distance of 50.13m (164' 5") to take sixth while teammate Dawson finished right behind her in seventh with a throw of 49.54m (162' 6"). The junior's throw was also a college best.

After competing in the heptathlon, Purcell returned to compete in the women's high jump competition. The freshman cleared a height of 1.70m to place fifth.

Up next, a group of Hoosiers will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete at NCAA East Regionals. Competition is slated to begin on Thursday May 23

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