Oklahoma, Iowa State Grab Early Leads In Big 12 Outdoor Track Championships


Oklahoma leads the men’s competition and Iowa State is ahead of the women’s field after the opening day of the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships being hosted by Baylor in Waco, Texas.

The Oklahoma men have 31 points after the first day and a 17-point lead over second-place Texas, one of the championship contenders. The Sooners jumped out to the early lead after posting a one-two finish by a pair of Kevins in in the 10,000 meter. OU’s Kevin Schwab won the event in a time of 29:12.84. His teammate, Kevin Williams came in second, eight seconds back of Schwab.

Oklahoma State is in third place in the men’s division, largely on the strength of a victory in the hammer throw by Nick Miller, his second straight conference championship in the event. Miller’s distance of 227 feet, one inch set a newrecord at Baylor’s Hart-Patterson Track.

The Iow State women also scored  big in the 10,000 meters, capturing three of the top five positions in the race, which earned them 28 points. The Cyclones have a 14-point lead for the second-place Lady Longhorns of Texas. Kansas is in third place on the women’s side after Day One.

Kansas State freshman Sara Savatovic was an individual on the first day, winning the women’s hammer throw, setting a new track record in the process with a distance of 210 feet, four inches.

The Big 12 Track & Field Championships continue through Sunday.

 

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