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Indoor Track & Field Off to a Flying Start
February 26, 2016
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Ames, Iowa - An eventful day one of the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship came to a close with the Oklahoma State men and Texas Tech women out in front of the field. An all-around solid effort that included a win in the 5,000-meter has the Cowboys in the lead, while a first, second and third in the women’s pentathlon highlighted the Red Raiders’ first-place effort.  

The Oklahoma State men (37 points) hold a narrow lead over Kansas State (35 points) and Texas (34.5 points), while Texas Tech’s 43 points are two better than Texas on the women’s side.

In the women’s pentathlon that opened the day, Texas Tech took the top three spots to give the Red Raiders the first-ever 1,2,3 finish in women’s pentathlon in Big 12 Indoor Championship history. Shanice Stewart took the crowns with 4,104 total points thanks to victories in the 60-meter hurdles, shot put and the long jump. Teammates Natalie Thompson and Kaylee Hinton came in behind her with 4,028 and 4,026 points respectively, with Thompson grabbing the victory in the high jump.

After day one of the men’s heptathlon, Iowa State’s Taylor Sanderson leads with 3,121 points, thanks to a tie for first place in shot put and a top four finish in the other three events (60m, long jump & high jump).

In the women’s field events, Texas’ Kaitlin Petrillose took first while breaking the Big 12 meet record in pole vault by clearing 4.41m, and Kansas State’s Akela Jones also broke the meet record while finishing first in the long jump with a 6.75m leap. Additionally, Kansas’ Daina Levy won the weight throw by more than a meter with a toss of 21.52m, narrowly missing the Big 12 Championship record by 0.02m.

Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye of K-State took home the first men’s field championship, winning the long jump with a leap of 7.70 meters. The weight throw and pole vault followed with tightly contested contests. K-State’s Brady Gruder pulled out the win in weight throw with a 20.49m toss, 0.09m further than Texas’ Alan Zapalac. In the pole vault, UT’s Reese Watson came away victorious, clearing 5.34m with one fewer miss that Texas Tech’s Kyle Thompson.

On the track, Kansas’ Sharon Lokedi raced to the 5,000m title in 16:05.54, blowing past the rest of the competition by nearly 15 seconds. On the men’s side it took all 5,000 meters, but Oklahoma State’s Cerake Geberkidane pulled ahead in the last 150-meters to take the title in 14:08.55.

The prelims of the men’s 60-meter dash set up what should be one of the premier events of Saturday’s competition with John Teeters of Oklahoma State and TCU’s Ronnie Baker both tying the Big 12 Championship meet record with times of 6.57 in their respective heats (a mark Teeters tied in the 2015 Championship). Teeters is currently tied for the fastest time in the nation this season (6.54) and Baker checks in fourth (6.58). They are scheduled to meet head-to-head in the 100m finals at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Day one concluded with the a state of Oklahoma flavor in the distance-medley relays, with the Oklahoma State women grabbing the title in 11:30.65, and the Oklahoma men winning in 9:40.15.

The second day of action beings tomorrow with the men’s heptathlon 60m hurdles at 11 a.m. CT and concludes with the awards ceremony at approximately 6 p.m. CT. Stay tuned in live with FloTrack all day and keep up with live results and coverage on Big12Sports.com.

 Women's Team Scores

1 Texas Tech 43
2 Texas 41
3 Kansas State 29
4 Kansas 28.5
5 Iowa State 28
6 Oklahoma 22.5
7 Oklahoma State 22
8 Baylor 17
9 West Virginia 2
10 TCU 1

Men's Team Scores

1 Oklahoma State 37
2 Kansas State 35
3 Texas 34.5
4 Oklahoma 25
5 Texas Tech 20.5
6 Kansas 20
7 Iowa State 14
8 TCU 7
9 Baylor 2

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