AMES, Iowa – After the first day of competition at the 2015 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship at the Lied Recreation Center, the Kansas State women lead the field while Texas is atop the men’s standings. The Wildcat women claimed two victories and earned 45 points on the day. The Kansas women are in second with 35.5 points. The Texas men racked up 43 points, but Oklahoma State closed hard, winning the final two men’s races of the day to sit in second place with 40 points.
In the women’s field events, Lindsay Vollmer (Kansas) claimed the pentathlon title after first-place finishes in both the high jump (1.78m) and shot put (13.12m) to amass 4,404 points. Vollmer edged out last year’s pentathlon winner Erica Twiss of K-State, who finished second with 4,138 points. Sara Savatovic of K-State earned her second-consecutive Big 12 title in the weight throw with a 67-09.50 (20.66m) throw on her final attempt. Texas’ Kaitlin Petrillose also defended her Big 12 title in the women’s pole vault, breaking the Big 12 Championship record along the way with a mark of 14-04.75, nearly besting the Big 12 Championship record she set in 2014 (14-05.25). K-State junior Akela Jones was the second Wildcat of the day to claim a Big 12 crown, winning the long jump with a mark of 20-10.75 (6.37m).
On the men's side, TCU’s Cameron Echols-Luper took home the long jump crown with a jump of 24-11.75 (7.61m), just edging Basel Fares of Texas, who placed second with a jump of 24-11.25 (7.60). Kansas junior Casey Bowen won the pole vault by clearing a height of 17-11.75 (5.48m). Wrapping up the day’s field events for the men was a dominant performance from Oklahoma State’s Nick Miller in the weight throw. Miller topped out at a throw of 72-03.75 (22.04), with no other competitor breaking the 20-meter mark.
The prelims of the men’s 60 meter dash set up what should be one of the premier events of Saturday’s competition with Trayvon Bromell of Baylor and John Teeters of Oklahoma State both tying the Big 12 Championship meet record with times of 6.57 in their respective heats. Teeters (6.52) and Bromell (6.54) currently hold the top 60 meter times in the nation this season. They are scheduled to meet head-to-head in the finals of that event at 2 p.m. Saturday.
After four events in the men’s heptathlon, Oklahoma’s Thomas Cheval has a narrow lead on the field with a total of 3,1656 points. He is followed by Texas junior Johannes Hock, who finished the day with 3,125 points. The heptathlon will continue Saturday at 11:00 a.m., beginning with the 60-meter hurdles.
Rachel Johnson (Baylor) won the women’s 5,000-meter race, posting a time of 16:00.71. Johnson took control of the race, winning by over 10 seconds. The senior was followed by the Iowa State quartet of Margaret Connelly, Katy Moen, Erin Hooker and Crystal Nelson, who took the next four places, respectively.
Oklahoma State’s Fabian Clarkson claimed the men’s 5,000-meter run, clocking a time of 14:31.13. Clarkson held off Mark Pinales of Texas, who finished in 14:31.43 to take second.
Oklahoma State capped off the first day of competition by winning both the men’s and women’s distance medley relays. On the women’s side, OSU cruised to a win 11:16.86, more than eight seconds ahead of the field.
The men’s distance medley saw the top four teams (Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas) break the previous Big 12 Championship meet record of 9:40.75 set in 2012. The Cowboys crossed the line first in 9:37.31 behind a strong performance from their anchor Chad Noelle.
The event wraps up on Saturday, February 28, with a full schedule, starting with the final portions of the heptathlon at 11 a.m., along with the field and running events. The final day of events will be streamed live on Big12Sports.com.
DAY ONE TEAM LEADERS
1. Texas – 43 points
2. Oklahoma State – 40 points
3. Kansas – 29.5 points
1. Kansas State – 45 points
2. Kansas – 35.5 points
3. Baylor – 34 points