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Gophers, Wolverines claim team titles at Big Ten meet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota didn't fold this time.

The Gopher men's track and field team withstood a furious rally by Purdue on Sunday to claim their second Big Ten outdoor title in five years. The Gophers' 168.5 points was a meet record.

Minnesota lost last year's Big Ten outdoor title by 4.5 points to Wisconsin after leading the meet on Saturday.

"I don't care if I ever go to the NCAA championships again," said seven-time All-American sprinter Mitch Potter, who won the 400-meter dash and took third in the 200-meter dash. "Winning this is so much sweeter than all the national awards."

Minnesota, which led by 8.5 points after Saturday, appeared to be in control after Potter, Adam Steele and Andy Wohlin placed first, second and fourth in the 400-meter dash, respectively.

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But Purdue cut a 36.5-point deficit to seven with a sweep of the top four spots in the 100-meter dash.

In the 200-meter dash, Potter and sophomore Robb Merritt took third and fourth, denying the Boilermakers a chance to grab the top three spots and take the lead.

In the women's meet, Michigan jumped from third to first with a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay, the meet's last event. The Wolverines captured their third consecutive conference outdoor crown.

Michigan finished with 137 points, 13 better than Penn State and Indiana, who tied for second.

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