2006 Big Ten Indoor Championships Quotes - Day Two

Feb. 26, 2006

High Jump
Winner: Kevin Netzer (Minnesota)
“I’ve been struggling all year long, so to actually come out here today with a win, it’s nothing I was really expecting but I knew once I got ready to go and fired up it would be fun.”

One mile run
Winner: Mike Woods (Michigan)
“It’s a really good feeling. Last year I came dead last in the finals because I fell so it’s definitely a relief.”

60 meter
Winner: Demi Omole (Wisconsin)
“Last year I remember cramping up so I’m just glad to get my first indoor victory out of the way.”

Weight Throw
Winner: Leonard Jatsek (Ohio State)
“It’s been my goal to win the whole year. The whole off-season paid off, it’s what I’ve thought about the whole time. It’s just amazing.”

Winner: Nathan Brown (Wisconsin)
“It’s been a tough day for a lot of people on the field, but everybody came out, did well, and I’m happy to end up on top. But everybody put in a lot of effort. It was good competition all around.”

800 meter
Winner: Trent Riter (Minnesota)
“It feels great, especially being a fifth year guy to get one for the team.”

600 meter
Winner: Trammel Smith (Illinois)
“It felt great. Going into it I knew that I had a pretty good change to win the 800 but coach wanted to switch it up a little and put me in the 600.”

60 hurdles
Winner: Ricky Pinkney (Purdue)
“It feels great to be the two-time champ. I didn’t come in the number one seed, but I kept having this dream that I was going to win. I’ve been training for it for a long time and my hard work has finally paid off.”

200 meter run, 400 meter dash
Winner: David Neville (Indiana)
“I just go out there, run, do what I have to do and I came out with a victory”

5000 meter run
Winner: Chris Solinsky (Wisconsin)
“My goal from the beginning was to take the lead early in the race. I give Brian a lot of credit he made me scared at the end, but luckily I was able to hold on and finish strong. Main point is I was able to help the team big time.”

4×4 relay
Winner: Illinois
“We’ve been together for the past three years, we’ve been running fast. This is our third victory and we are just very pleased to come out and win.”

Wisconsin Head Coach Ed Nuttycombe:
“We knew we’d have a good team if we came in and competed well, but we had about four or five things yesterday that didn’t really go like we planned. We started out the day and had one guy fall down in the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles that could have scored some points. We had things to overcome and in the middle of the day, the guys just did not let up. They did not quit. I can’t say enough about them. They don’t know how to not win.”

About the NCAA Indoor Championships:
“The next round we’ve just got to qualify. I know we are seeded high, but the only way to score is if you are there. I think we picked up a couple this weekend, but we have to go next weekend and get a few more. If you get enough people there, you can do something.”

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