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Track & Field Championship Off to a Fast Start
May 13, 2016

Championship Central

Fort Worth, Texas - Day one of the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship is in the books, with several excellent performances taking place from Lowdon Track and Field Complex on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

Oklahoma holds the lead on the men’s side with 41 first-day points thanks to an impressive 24-point performance in the javelin. Kansas sits in first place on the women’s side with 21 points, just one point up on Oklahoma.

The day began with Kansas’ Daina Levy grabbing the title in the hammer throw by over eight feet with a toss of 218’3.” On the men’s side, Nick Miller earned his third Big 12 hammer title thanks to a record-breaking toss of 245’05,” besting his own mark from 2014. Miller has won the hammer throw in all three seasons he has competed at the Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma finished one-two-three in the men’s javelin, with Tyler Renton winning it with a 236’9.50” heave. Sooners Garrett Snow (220’2.50”) and T. J. Noonan (198’7.50”) finished second and third, respectively.

In the men’s pole vault, Kansas’ Jake Albright and Nick Meyer finished first and second (10 points and eight points), vaulting 18’0.5” and 17’10.50” respectively. Additionally, KU’s Nick Maestretti finished sixth (three points) to give the Jayhawks 21 total points, which was good for a Big 12 Championship record for points scored by a school in the pole vault.

The final event of day one, the men’s and women’s 10,000-meter, saw Kansas’ Sharon Lokedi take home the win for the women (34:59.58) and Oklahoma State’s Cerak Geberkidane win it on the men’s side (30:13.43). Both Lokedi and Geberkidane were victorious in the 5,000-meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championship this past February.

Day one of the decathlon saw Iowa State’s Taylor Sanderson lead after the first five events with 3844 points. He holds a 178 point advantage over Texas Tech’s Michael Samuels (3666 points), thanks in part to Sanderson’s first place finish in the long jump (6.96m).

The heptathlon concluded day one with Texas Tech’s Natalie Thompson leading with 3306 points. She won the high jump with a 5’9.25” leap, and sits in first place by 87 points over Oklahoma’s Makayla Stephens.

Tomorrow’s action gets underway with the multi-events, beginning with the heptathlon long jump at 10:00 a.m. CT, and the day concludes with the prelims of the running events. Running events are estimated to begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until roughly 9:00 p.m. CT.

Full results and the schedule of events for the final two days can be found on the Championship Central Page. Live results will be provided through Delta Timing, which can also be found on the Championship Central page on Additionally, the running events on Sunday, May 15 will be streamed live on Fox Sports Go.


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