COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After the first day of competition at the 2012 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium, the Texas men and Kansas women lead the field. The Longhorns claimed two victories and have a team total of 39.5 points, putting them 13.5 points ahead of Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks put up a team score of 52, almost 20 points ahead of second place Texas A&M. Three Big 12 meet records were broken, along with one facility record.
In the men's field events, Maston Wallace (Texas) claimed the pole vault title, clearing a height of 17-08 (5.40m) and tying his career indoor best. Texas also secured its second win of the day with Marquise Goodwin's leap of 25-04.75 (7.74m) in the long jump, tabbing his second-consecutive title in the event.
Texas freshman Petter Olson is the leader in the men's heptathlon after four events. Olson has 3,072 points, followed by fellow Longhorn Isaac Murphy with 2,985 points.
Setting a new Big 12 record in the 5,000 meters, Shadrack Kipchirchir (Oklahoma State) clocked a 13:49.4 mark.
The Aggie corps of Will Barry, Oscar Ramirez, Michael Preble and Henry Lelei edged the defending distance medley relay winners Baylor by posting a 9:40.75, breaking the previous Big 12 indoor meet record set by Texas in 2009.
Kansas State's Ryann Krais claimed the women's pentathlon title with a total of 4,079 points. The senior finished second last year and bested her top total on the season by five points. She is the third female Wildcat to take the pentathlon title at the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Four women notched top five national times in the 200-meter preliminaries, with Kamaria Brown (Texas A&M) running the nation's best time of 23.05. Her mark automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Brown's teammates of Dominique Duncan and Ashley Collier, along with Texas' Allison Peter also clocked collegiate-leading marks.
Betsy Saina (Iowa State) broke the Gilliam Indoor Stadium record when she clocked a 15:50.20 to win the women's 5,000 meters for the second year in a row. She bested her 2011-winning time by almost 25 seconds. The Cyclones claimed three of the top five spots in the event. Texas A&M''s Natosha Rogers broke her sixth school record of the season with 15:52.40 time in the 5K, earning her second place.
Laura Asimakis surpassed the Aggie indoor record that she set earlier this year when she cleared a height of 13-11.25 (4.25m) to garner top honors in the event.
Breaking another Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship record on the day, Kelly Closse (Texas Tech) notched a weight throw of 70-08.00 (21.54m) to take the title.
Defending their distance medley relay title from last season, the Oklahoma State women were victorious for the second-straight year, besting Baylor by two seconds with a time of 11:19.42.
The Championships wrap up on Saturday, February 25, with a full day of events, starting with the final portions of the heptathlon at 3 p.m. along with the field and running events.
DAY ONE TEAM LEADERS:
1. Texas, 39.5
2. Oklahoma State, 26
3. Texas A&M, 24
1. Kansas, 52.0
2. Texas A&M, 33.0
3. Texas Tech, 31.0
DAY ONE EVENT WINNERS:
Weight Throw: Jacob Bullinger, Missouri, 63-02.25 (19.26m)
Pole Vault: Maston Wallace, Texas, 17-08.50 (5.40m)
Long Jump: Marquise Goodwin, Texas, 25-04.75 (7.74m)
5,000 meters: Shadrack Kipchirchir, Oklahoma State, 13:49.04
DMR: Texas A&M, 9:40.75
Weight Throw: Kelly Closse, Texas Tech, 70-08.00 (21.54m)
Pole Vault: Laura Asimakis, Texas A&M, 13-11.25 (4.25m)
Long Jump: Francine Simpson, Kansas, 20-07.75 (6.29m)
5,000 Meters: Betsy Saina, Iowa State, 15:50.20
Pentathlon: Ryann Kraiss, Kansas State, 4,079 points
DMR: Oklahoma State, 11:19.42