NU Women, UT Men Atop Outdoor Championships Leaderboard Heading Into Sunday Finals
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 05/14/2011
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Championships Central

The Husker women recorded a day two-leading 33 points to maintain their lead in the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships while the Texas men, after not posting any points on day one, racked up 54 to vault into first.

After the second day of action at the John Jacobs Track Complex, NU sits in first with a 17-point advantage at 62 points. Oklahoma recorded 25 points on the day to jump to second with 45 points. The defending champion Aggies are in third with 31 total points, 14 of which came in day two action. Trailing the Longhorn men are Nebraksa with 47.50 points in second and Texas A&M in third with 42.50 points.

The Nebraska women were aided by title wins in two of three event on the day.

Entering action in second place, Chantae McMillan defended her title in the heptathlon, scoring the second-most points by a champion in the event with 5951. McMillan is the third competitor to win the title in back-to-back years and seventh-straight Husker. She finished in first in four of the seven events, including the 100-meter hurdles, shot put, long jump and javelin throw.

Mara Griva gave NU its fifth long jump title all-time and first since 2004 with a mark of 6.70 (21-11.75). Although Griva won the women's long jump, Ti'Anca Mock (Oklahoma) tied the conference record with a wind-legal mark of 21-5.25 (6.53) in the third round.

In the only other women's event final on day two, Ifeatu Okafor (Texas Tech) captured the shot put title with a final result of 17.77 (58-03.75). Okafor gives the Lady Raiders their third win in the event in the past four years. It was also the longest distance since 1998 and third-best in Championship history.

In the decathlon, Lars Rise (Missouri) gave the Tigers a repeat in the event, winning with a score of 7808. The senior scored the second-most points all-time and earned the sixth decathlon  title for Missouri. He recorded top scores in four of the nine events, including the long jump, shot put, discus and javelin throw.

In field event finals, the Kansas men secured two event crowns as Mason Finley (Kansas) captured his second-straight shot put title with a mark of 19.63 (64-05.00). The sophomore gave KU its first title in the shot put last season and is the second competitor to win in back-to-back years. Senior Jordan Scott collected his third pole vault crown recording a winning score of 2.27 (7-05.25). KU sits in fourth place with 37 points.

Sophomore Erik Kynard (Kansas State) took the men's high jump crown with a mark of 2.27 (7-05.25) while Texas' Marquise Goodwin established a new Championship record in the long jump with a mark of 8.17 (26-09.75) to defend his title from 2010. The Longhorns have secured the men's long jump crown six times overall. Goodwin's mark bested the old record set in 1997 of 8.14.

The Championship culminates on Sunday with field events beginning at 1 p.m. The track events commence at 5:30 p.m. with the men's 4x400 relay closing out the action at 9:45 p.m.

Tickets for the meet can be purchased by calling the OU ticket office at 405-325-2424 or by visiting SoonerSports.com. Live results for the Championship will be available on Big12Sports.com by visiting the championships central page.

TEAM STANDINGS:
MEN

1. Texas - 54
2. Nebraska - 47.50
3. Texas A&M - 42.50
4. Kansas - 37
5. Oklahoma - 32
6. Missouri - 26
7. Colorado - 25
8. Kansas State - 16
9. Texas Tech - 11
10. Baylor - 9.50
11. Iowa State - 9
12. Oklahoma State - 2.50

WOMEN
1. Nebraska - 62
2. Oklahoma - 45
3. Texas A&M - 31
4. Iowa State - 27
5. Texas Tech - 14
6. Kansas - 13
6. Kansas State - 13
8. Texas - 9
8. Colorado - 9
10. Baylor - 6
11. Missouri - 5

DAY TWO EVENT WINNERS
MEN

Decathlon: Lars Rise, Missouri, 7808
Long Jump: Marquise Goodwin, Texas, 8.17 (26-09.75)
Shot Put: Mason Finley, Kansas, 19.63 (64-05.00)
High Jump: Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 2.27 (7-05.25)
Pole Vault: Jordan Scott, Kansas 5.38 (17-07.75)

WOMEN
Heptathlon: Chante McMillan, Nebraska, 5951
Long Jump: Mara Griva, Nebraska, 6.70 (21-11.75)
Shot Put: Ifeatu Okafor, Texas Tech, 17.77 (58-03.75)

DAY ONE EVENT WINNERS
MEN

Javelin: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 238-03 (72.63)
Hammer Throw: K.P. Singh, Oklahoma, 211-06 (64.46)
10,000 meter run: Joe Bosshard, Colorado, 28:52.85

WOMEN
Javelin: Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, 163-08 (49.90)
Hammer Throw: Victoria Zimmerman, Nebraska, 197-09 (60.28)
10,000 meter run: Jessica Engel, Oklahoma, 33:42.11

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