COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Nittany Lion men’s track and field squad enjoyed a successful second day of competition on Saturday at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Leading the way was sophomore Brian Leap, who turned in a lifetime best to finish fifth in the long jump. Also adding scoring finishes were Will Barr (Urbana, Ohio) in the discus, as well as junior Jon Hendershot and senior Sean Reilly in the high jump.
Leap, who will also compete in the triple jump Sunday, posted a lifetime-best 24-0.25 (7.32) en route to a fifth-place finish in the long jump, marking his first career scoring performance in the event.
Barr also picked a perfect time for a season-best performance, going 181-7 (55.34) to take eighth against stacked competition in the men’s discus.
Hendershot and Reilly picked up sixth and seventh-place finishes in the high jump, respectively. Both Nittany Lions cleared 6-9.50 (2.07) on the afternoon, competing in cold and windy conditions.
On the track, the Nittany Lions enjoyed their highest success rate in the men’s 800-meters, advancing a total of three competitors to tomorrow’s final. Leading the way were seniors Casimir Loxsom and Ricky West,who both automatically advanced thanks to heat victories. Coming away with spot in the final as a time qualifier was sophomore Ryan Brennan, who clocked 1:49.38 to finish second in his preliminary section.
Also taking to the track on Sunday will be sophomore Robby Creese and freshman Brannon Kidder ,who both cruised through the rounds of the 1500 meters. Creese turned in an effort of 3:44.93 on his way to a heat victory, while Kidder clocked 3:47.13 to finish second in his heat and automatically advance.