AMES, Iowa – The Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships opened Feb. 26 at Lied Recreation-Athletic Center with five conference meet records broken in final events on the first day.
Nebraska led on the men’s side with 41 points, while Texas Tech’s women tallied 48.5 points for the lead.
The Husker men earned a first place finish from David Adams in the 5,000 meters, clocking a 14:03.04. Nebraska also got a lift from placing second in field events – Nicholas Gordon in the men’s long jump (25-10.00/7.87m) and Brett Suckstorf in the men’s weight throw.
Texas Tech’s women’s team was highlighted by Shade Weygandt’s win in the women’s pole vault. She posted a NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 14-2.50 (4.34m), setting a Big 12 meet record. Fellow teammate Amanda Alley finished third in the event, clearing at 12-8.75 (3.88m). The Red Raiders also got a boost with top three finishes in event finals – Ozioma Okolie finished second (61-10.25/18.85m) and Kelsey Lloyd came in third in the pentathlon (3,889 points).
Nebraska’s women’s squad finished the day in second with an event win from Chantae McMillan in the women’s pentathlon with 4,151 points, an automatic qualifier for NCAA Indoors.
The long jump highlighted the field events. Bryce Lamb broke a Big 12 meet record while claiming the men’s long jump with a mark of 26-8.50 (8.14m). Texas’ Chantel Malone grabbed the women’s long jump title en route to setting a conference meet record at 21-4.25 (6.51m).
Also in the field events, Kansas’ Alena Krechyk’s claimed a crown in the weight throw with a mark of meters 64-1.25 (19.54m). On the men’s side, K.P. Singh became Oklahoma’s first conference champion in the event, tossing a 68-11.25 (21.01m). In the men’s pole vault, Kansas’ Jordan Scott landed the title, clearing 17-9.25 (5.42m).
In the running events, Lisa Koll captured the women’s 5,000 meters with, clocking a 15:41.57 and setting a new Big 12 meet record.
Baylor cruised to first place and a meet record with a time of 9:41.88 from Gavyn Nero, Thaddeus Gordon, James Gilreath and Chris Gowell in the men’s distance medley relay. The women’s race saw Texas Tech take the title for the second straight year with a time of 11:16.53 from Gladys Kipsang, Taylor Evans, Purity Biwott and Caroline Karunde.
The championship resumes with the final day of competition on Saturday, Feb. 28 with combined events at 11 a.m.