Thomas wins hammer throw on day one of Big Ten championships

Go Buckeyes! Alexis Thomas won the Big Ten title for the hammer throw.
Go Buckeyes!
Alexis Thomas won the Big Ten title for the hammer throw.
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May 11, 2012

MADISON, Wisc. - The Ohio State women's track and field team sits in a tie for second after scoring 13 points during the first day of competition at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

The Nittany Lions have the lead with 18 points through two events scored. Ohio State is tied at 13 with Nebraska while Iowa and Michigan State are tied for fourth with nine points.

Alexis Thomas started the meet off right for the Scarlet and Gray by recording a stellar mark on her third throw in the hammer competition to capture the gold medal. The junior's throw of 64.62m (212 ft.) is now the new Ohio State record and the newest Big Ten meet record. Former Buckeye Veronica Jatsek set the meet record back in 2007 with a mark of 63.46m. This is the first Big Ten title for Thomas who topped Penn State's Melissa Kurzdorfer (63.33m/207-9) who had the leading mark in the conference entering the meet and Michigan State's Beth Rohl (62.87m/206-3) who was the defending champion. Picking up three more points for Ohio State in the hammer was Maggie Mullen (60.07m/197-01) in sixth. 

Also representing Ohio State was Carly Pendleton (49.08m/161 ft.) in the hammer and Sarah Lowe (38:27.75) in the 10000m run. Penn State senior Kara Millhouse (34:25.78) successfully defended her 2011 10000m title as she claimed the gold medal again. 

The second day of action begins for the Buckeyes with the 4x100m relay trials at 3:10 p.m. ET. Saturday.