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Big 12 T&F Notches Seven Medals Through Two Days of NCAA Championships
June 07, 2012
Through two days of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, seven Big 12 competitors have earned medalist honors, while 20 have placed in the top eight of their respective events. The league has claimed titles in four of the 12 events completed.

On Wednesday, Brittany Borman became Oklahoma's first student-athlete to win back-to-back outdoor national titles in any event, as she claimed the javelin title. Her mark of 184-7 (56.27m) was more than four feet better than the next competitor and came on her second attempt in the event. She is the sixth female to win back-to-back NCAA crowns in the javelin and is the third Big 12 athlete to win the javelin title.

Along with Borman, teammate Alexandra Acker took fifth place in the pole vault. Missouri's Kearsten Peoples placed sixth in the discus while Baylor's Skylar White came in seventh. Kansas' Heather Bergmann earned sixth in the javelin.

On the men's side, Marquise Goodwin took home his second national long jump crown with a leap of 27-0 (8.23m), a personal best. The Longhorn also secured the 2010 outdoor long jump title. He is the eighth athlete in UT program history to win multiple titles in a career and the second to do it in the long jump along with Eric Metcalf (1986 and 1988). K-State's Mantas Silkauskas finished seventh in the event with a jump of 25-4.5.

The Big 12 took second, third and fourth honors in the discus as Mason Finley (Kansas), Luke Bryant (Oklahoma) and Ryan Crouser (Texas) placed, respectively. Finley produced his second-farthest throw of his career in the finals, with a heave of 200-2 (61.02m). The national runner-up finish is the second for Finley in his KU career. Texas A&M's Dalton Rowan finished eighth.

Texas claimed another top eight performance on the day as Ryan Dohner finished seventh in the 10,000 meters.

On Thursday, Natosha Rogers (Texas A&M) took the gold in the 10,000 meters in a time of 32:41.63. She is the first Aggie during the Big 12 era to claim the 10K title, and is the fourth league athlete overall to win the crown. Iowa State's Meaghan Nelson came up short from the podium, as she finished fourth.

In addition, Kansas juniors Francine Simpson and Andrea Geubelle earned fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump while teammate Alena Krechyk picked up a sixth-place showing in the hammer throw.

Through four events in the women's heptathlon, Precious Nwokey (Texas Tech) is in second with 985 points.

Erik Kynard defended his outdoor high jump title when he cleared 7-8 (2.34m) to win the event, a K-State and Drake Stadium record. The victory marks the fifth men's outdoor high jump title in K-State history. His mark ties for fifth all-time in NCAA history outdoors and currently ranks No. 2 in the world heading into the Olympic Trials at the end of the month.

Texas' Isaac Murphy finished seventh in the decathlon with 7,818 points.

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2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Long Jump
1. Marquise Goodwin, Texas, 27-0 (8.23m)

2. Mason Finley, Kansas, 200-2 (61.02m)
3. Luke Bryant, Oklahoma, 199-11 (60.94m)

High Jump
1. Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 7-8 (2.34m)

2. Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 261-3 (79.62m)

1. Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, 184-7 (56.27m)

10,000 Meters
1. Natosha Rogers, Texas A&M, 32:41.63

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