Fort Worth, Texas - The second day of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship from Fort Worth, Texas saw seven more event winners crowned Big 12 Champions, while also providing a preview of what’s to come on the track during day three.
Oklahoma carried its momentum over from day one into the field events on day two, holding the lead heading into the final day on both the men’s and women’s side. The Sooner women have scored 46.5 points through the first two days of competition, a 9.5 point advantage over K-State. The men have accumulated 54 points and lead the second place Wildcats by eight points heading to day three.
The first medals of of the second day were handed out in heptathlon, where Texas Tech’s Natalie Thompson grabbed the gold for the second-consecutive year with 5,471 total points, besting teammate Kaylee Hinton by 184 points for the win. Thompson took victories in the high jump and the 800-meters on the way to defending her title.
In the decathlon, Iowa State’s Taylor Sanderson scored 7,204 points to take the win by 189 points over Texas’ Reese Thompson (7,015 points). Sanderson survived a scare in the pole vault where he nearly no-heighted, but won his appeal and continued on for the victory. He earned two event wins throughout the competition, finishing first in the long jump and the 110m hurdles.
Kansas State’s Akela Jones set a new Big 12 Championship long jump record with a jump of 22’1.75,” matching her mark from the indoor championship, which was also a Big 12 record. Jones also qualified for the 100m hurdles final today.
In the men’s long jump, Texas Tech freshman Charles Brown leaped 25’5.25” to claim the victory. Brown’s mark topped K-State’s Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye by just 0.50” for the win.
The shot put saw K-State’s Dani Winters emerge with the victory on the women’s side after a toss of 57’0.75,” and ISU’s Jan Jeuschede pulled out the title for the men with a heave of 61’2.00.” Jeuschede was able to come through in the clutch for the Cyclones, delivering his winning throw on the sixth and final attempt to beat Oklahoma’s Chase Sammons by 0.75.”
The women’s pole vault proved to be one of the most exciting events of day two, as Baylor junior Annie Rhodes outsoared the competition with a vault of 14’5.50” to claim the title. The mark was good for a 3.75” victory over Texas’ Kally Long (14’1.75”), and also earned the Bears their first conference pole vault victory ever, either men’s or women’s.
The evening concluded with prelims on the track to set the table for tomorrow night’s finals. The current collegiate record holder in the women’s 400m, Texas’s Courtney Okolo (49.71 seconds), cruised around the track to a first-place finish in the prelims with a time of 51.61 seconds.
TCU’s Ronnie Baker, who currently leads the NCAA in the 100-meter dash this season (9.95 seconds), ran an easy 10.17 second race to qualify for the finals. However, Baker’s time was the second-best of the prelims, as Texas’ Senoj-Jay Givans sped to a 10.14 second finish and set up what should be a fast final tomorrow night.
Final day action gets underway in the field with the women’s discus beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT and concludes with the women’s javelin at 6:00 p.m. CT. Finals action on the track starts with the 4x100m relays at 4:30 p.m. and comes to a close around 8:35 p.m. with the 4x400m relays. The team championship presentations will follow at roughly 9:00 p.m. CT. All of the running events will be streamed live on FOX Sports GO.
Full results from the first two days of competition and the complete schedule of events for the final day, as well as championship photos and video recaps can be found on the Championship Central Page of Big12Sports.com. Live results will be provided through Delta Timing, which can also be found on the Championship Central page.