After the first day of competition at the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the R.V. Christian Track Complex, Texas A&M is in first on the men's side, while Iowa State and Texas A&M share the lead for the women.
The Aggie men have a team total of 23 points after claiming a victory in the javelin throw, putting them just one point ahead of Oklahoma State. The Cowboys tallied the other two wins in the three events Friday, earning victories in the hammer throw and 10,000-meter run. Oklahoma sits in third with 21 points.
The Iowa State and Texas A&M women have 21 points apiece, while Kansas sits one point out of the lead with 20. The Missouri Tigers put up a team score of 14 on the day, placing in fourth.
Two athletes broke meet, facility and school records in their events as Kansas' Alena Krechyk tallied her second Big 12 outdoor hammer throw title in three years and Texas A&M's Sam Humpheys captured his third-straight outdoor javelin crown. Krechyk recorded a toss of 226-05 (69.02m) in the hammer throw. Humphreys' first toss of 253-11 (7.39m) in the javelin broke the meet and facility record, while his second throw of 259-01 (78.98) set a new school record that he established earlier in the season.
In the women's field events, defending javelin champion Brittany Borman (Oklahoma) set a new R.V. Christian Track Complex record with her throw of 55.21 meters (181-02), claiming the crown for the second-straight year. The mark also meets the Olympic A standard.
In her first 10,000-meters race of her career, Natosha Rogers (Texas A&M) earned the outdoor title, winning the race in a time of 34:18.66. She is the first Aggie since 2004 to win the event (Melissa Gulli, 35:08.92) and second in league history.
Texas Tech senior Precious Nwokey is at the top of the heptathlon standings after four events on Friday. Nwokey has a combined 3,431 points after tabbing two victories out of the four events. She is followed by Texas A&M's Annie Kunz who trails by 53 points. Kansas' Lindsay Vollmer is in third with 3,326 points.
On the men's side, Oklahoma State freshman Nick Miller earned the Cowboys' first outdoor hammer throw crown with his throw of 216-06 (66.00m). Miller's mark also meets the Olympic B standard in the event.
George Alex became the first OU men's athlete to nab the 10,000 meters outdoor title. He beat out OSU's Shadrack Kipchirchir by .38 of a second in a time of 29:32.61. Teammate Bill Kogel came in third with a mark of 29:35.48.
Through five events in the decathlon, Texas' Isaac Murphy leads the field with 4,121 points. He has racked up three victories including the 100- and 400-meter dashes, as well as the long jump. K-State's Tomas Kirielius sits in second, 161 points behind Murphy (3,960). Freshman Longhorn Petter Olson rounds out the top three with 3,949 points.
The second day of competition begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the 110-meter hurdles for the decathlon. Field events begin at 2 p.m. with the women's long jump and shot put, while the preliminaries for the running events start at 3 p.m. with the women's 1,500 meters.
DAY ONE TEAM LEADERS
1. Texas A&M, 23 points
2. Oklahoma State, 22 points
3. Oklahoma, 21 points
T1. Iowa State, 21 points
T1. Texas A&M, 21 points
3. Kansas, 20 points
DAY ONE EVENT WINNERS
Javelin: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 259-1 (78.98)
Hammer Throw: Maston Wallace, Texas, 17-08.50 (5.40m)
10,000 Meters: George Alex, Oklahoma, 29:32.61 10,000
Javelin: Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, 181-02 (55.21m)
Hammer Throw: Alena Krechyk, Kansas, 226-05 (69.02m)
10,000 Meters: Natosha Rogers, Texas A&M, 34:18.66