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Thrilling Finishes Highlight Day Two
May 13, 2017
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Lawrence, Kan. - The second day of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship from Lawrence, Kan. saw ten more event winners crowned Big 12 Champions, while also providing a glimpse into what is to come on the track during day three.

Texas used three top eight finishes in the men's long jump to move into first place heading into the final day with 45.5 points, holding the advantage over Kansas (41). Kansas State holds on to the lead for the women after picking up 39 points in day two.

The first medals of the day were delivered in the heptathlon where Texas Tech's Kaylee Hinton grabbed the top spot with 5,869 total points. Hinton's point total was a new school record, third best in the conference championship and moved her to fifth in the nation.

In the decathlon, Texas' Steele Wasik scored 7,715 points to take the win by 632 points over Baylor's Chase Hood (7,083 points).

The women's pole vault proved to be one of the most exciting events of day two, as Baylor senior Annie Rhodes grabbed her second-straight Big 12 title in impressive fashion. Rhodes' 4.61m vault is the No. 1 mark in the NCAA this season, fifth best in collegiate history and a new Big 12 record.

Kansas' Sydney Conley marked a long jump of 22'02.25, which is over a foot farther than K-State's Wurrie Njadoe who took second. In the men's long jump OSU's Jacob Fincham-Dukes took home the crown after marking a 25'10.00” jump.

The shot put saw Oklahoma's Jessica Woodard emerge with the victory on the women's side after a toss of 60'03,” and Kansas State's Brett Neelly pulled out the title for the men with a heave of 61'08.50.”

The evening concluded with prelims on the track to set the table for tomorrow night's finals as well as the men's and women's 3,000 meter steeple chase. K-State's Morgan Wedekind, who came into the event with the fourth-best time in the conference, jumped into first place with a time of 10:15.62.

In the men's steeple chase, Texas Tech's Benard Keter held off Oklahoma State's Joshua Thompson to earn back-to-back conference titles. Thompson, who was running in his first ever steeple chase event, caught up to Keter on the home stretch, but the Red Raider kept his stride for the title.

Final day action gets underway on the field with the women's high jump beginning at 2:30 p.m. CT and concludes with the men's triple jump at 6:30 p.m. CT. Finals action on the track starts with the 4x100m relays at 5:00 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 action will be streamed live on FloTrack.

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.

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