Penn State wins Distance Medley Relay title for third consecutive year; Nittany Lions sixth heading into day two of Big Ten Championship competition
Action is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the women's weight throw and mixed 1 mile run
Nittany Lions to open indoor campaign Jan. 11 at Penn State Relays
Nittany Lion men earn Top 15 finish in team standings
Jones, Britton, Bower, men's and women's 4x400-meter relays finish in Second Team All-America standing
On the National Scene ... || 2013 Outdoor || Continued to prove his place as one of the nation's top middle distance athletes, taking sixth in the 1500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning All-America status ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships thanks to a PR 3:41.03 at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round ... Was a member of a pair of "Championship of America" winning relays at Penn Relays, including a sensational anchor leg (3:58.9 split) on the distance medley, as well as an outstanding lead-off leg on the winning 4x800 ... Helped the DMR to a school-record 9:24.68 at Penn ... Competed at the USATF Championships in the 1500. || 2013 Indoor || Anchored the Nittany Lions' second-place DMR at the NCAA Championships ... Was also an NCAA finalist in the mile for the second-straight season ... Capped off Penn State's sizzling school-record 9:26.60 for the DMR at the Alex Wilson Last Chance ... The time stands as the second-fastest in indoor collegiate history. || 2012 Cross Country || Finished 42nd overall in his first appearance at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, covering the 10K course in 31:30. || 2012 Outdoor || Made a big splash at Penn Relays, anchoring the Lions' to a victory in the 4x800 (7:19.76), solidifying Penn State's first victory in the event since 1987 ... Placed fifth in the 1500 at the USATF Junior National Championships ... Came up just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, placing 17th in the 1500 at the NCAA First Round. || 2012 Indoor || Named USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Track Athlete of the Year ... Took the NCAA by storm, setting Collegiate and American Junior records in the 1000 at the Nittany Lion Challenge, running 2:19.53 ... Was the lone freshman in the NCAA mile field, where he finished 11th overall for Second Team All-America honors ... Clocked sub-4:00 miles on two occasions, including a PR 3:58.94 at the Alex Wilson Last Chance ... Became just the third Nittany Lion to break the four-minute barrier.
At the Big Ten Championships ... || 2013 Outdoor || Placed second in the 1500, picking up his second-straight medal finish in the event. || 2013 Indoor || Scored a pair of Big Ten titles, taking the mile individually, and anchoring the winning DMR for the second-straight year. || 2012 Cross Country || Was the Nittany Lions' top runner at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in 24th overall in 24:29 for 8K. || 2012 Outdoor || Earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors ... Placed third in the 1500 (3:42.87, PR). || 2012 Indoor || Made two trips to the medal stand, anchoring the Nittany Lions to the program's first Big Ten victory in the DMR (9:44.40), before coming back to finish third individually in the mile ... Was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
On the Course ... || 2012 Cross Country || Took top honors at the Lock Haven Dolan Duals, which was good for Big Ten Athlete of the Week accolades ... Placed 34th at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. || 2011 Cross Country || Redshirted the 2011 season ... Ran unattached in two competitions ... Highest finish was 49th at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.
Around the Track ... || 2013 Indoor || Won the 1500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic with a stadium record 3:41.32 ... Took second in the 800 at the Crimson Tide Invitational at Alabama (1:48.98) ... Finished 10th in the 1500 at the Mt. SAC Relays. || 2013 Indoor || Posted a sensational 3:57.11 as the top collegiate finish at the Husky Classic at Washington ... Won the 800 (1:49.13) and anchored the winning DMR at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... Was named John Lucas Athlete of the Meet for his efforts. || 2012 Outdoor || Set a stadium record with an effort of 3:43.79 for the 1500 at the Bison Outdoor Classic ... Ran a season-best 1:49.92 for the 800 at the LSU Invitational. || 2012 Indoor || Had a sensational freshman campaign, earning first or second-place finishes in all regular season appearances ... Was on the winning DMR at the Penn State National, while also finishing second in the 800 at the same competition (1:48.64) ... Clocked 4:00.68 to finish second in the mile at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup ... Dipped under the 4:00-barrier for the first time at the Washington Husky Classic, running 3:59.52 to take second-place overall.
Before Penn State ... Place sixth in the 2011 Penn Relays mile ... Enjoyed an outstanding weekend at the Maryland State AA Championships as a senior, turning in a victory in the 3200-meters, as well as second-place efforts in the 800- and 1600-meters ... Claimed a trio of Maryland state indoor titles in 2011, winning the 800, 1600, and 3200 ... Would go on to finish 11th in the mile run at New Balance Indoor Nationals as a senior ... Owned personal bests of 1:54.00 in the 800, 4:10.60 in the mile run, and 9:17.28 for the 3200 coming out of high school. || Personal || Son of Denie and Rob Creese ... Born August 30, 1993 ... Plans to major in Mathematics.
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