February 29, 2008
Lincoln, Neb. - The Colorado men are in first place with 34 points on the first day of action at the 2008 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships, while Nebraska currently leads the women's fi eld with 49.5 points.
The Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships kicked off Feb. 29 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. The return to the Bob Devaney Sports Center marks the eighth time in conference history.
The men's weight throw competition featured the nation's top two competitors squaring off head to head. Two-time defending champion Egor Agafonov of Kansas edged out Missouri's Chris Rohr with a NCAA automatic qualifying mark and nation-leading throw of 74 feet, 4˝ inches (22.67m.) Rohr also fi nished with a NCAA automatic-qualifying mark and school record throw of 73'-06.75" (22.42m.)
On the women's side, Loren Groves of Kansas State shattered the Big 12 record in the event with a mark of 70'-03" (21.41 m.). Her NCAA automatic-qualifying throw beat the previous meet record by .47m. Groves currently ranks third in the nation.
Kansas' Kate Sultanova defended her title in the women's pole vault with a height of 13'-06 ˝ (4.13m). She became the fi rst in Big 12 Championship history to win the event crown back to back.
Julianne Kennedy of Texas Tech is the Big 12 Champion in the pentathlon for the second year in a row. Kennedy's 4085 points breaks her personal best and the school record. The mark also automatically qualifi es her for the NCAA Championships.
Crystal Manning was the third Kansas competitor to win top honors on the day by winning the long jump with a leap of 19-10.25 (6.05m). For the men, Julian Reid of Texas A&M had a provisional-qualifying mark of 25-05 ˝ (7.76m). His jump places him in the top 10 in the nation. Iowa State's Lisa Koll cruised to a fi rst-place fi nish in the 5,000 meter run with a provisional-qualifying time of 16 minutes, 18.87 seconds. She completed the race nearly 24 seconds ahead of second-place fi nisher and teammate Grace Kemmey.
The Colorado men dominated the men's 5,000 meter race by placing all four competitors in the top four spots. Brad Harkrader led the way for the Buffs with a time of 14:11.09.
The Texas men's distance medley relay team that set a set a world record of 9:25.97 in the distance-medley relay at the 2008 Tyson Invitational. The team consisting of Danzell Fortson, Kyle Miller, Jacob Hernandez and Leo Manzano set a meet record and NCAA automatic-qualifying time (9:45.39).
Baylor's women's distance medley team of Nichole Jones, Brittany Bruce, Leigh Anne Ganzar and Lauren Hagans posted a provisional-qualifying time of 11:19.06.
The championships resume Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the combined events. A single-day ticket can be purchased for $8. Purchase tickets at Huskers.com, the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Offi ce or by calling 800-8BIGRED. For complete results visit the Big 12 web site at big12sports.com.
TOP THREE TEAMS
1. Colorado (34), 2. Missouri (23), 3. Texas Tech (20)
1. Nebraska (49.5), 2. Kansas (33), 3. Kansas State (26)