The tide turned dramatically on the men’s side on Day Two in the Big 12 Track & Field Championships Saturday, as Texas charged into the lead. Kansas State moved into second place, but are 17.5 points back of the Longhorns with one day remaining in the championships. Kansas took over the lead from Iowa State in the women’s division, looking for its first-ever Big 12 team title of any kind in track and field.
The Longhorn men amassed 60.5 team points over the first two days to jump to the top of the men’s team standings. Freshman Johannes Hock, competiting in his first decathlon, rolled up 8,293 points to win the event and post the best score in the NCAA this year and the second best mark in the world. Hock also won the heptathlon in the conference indoor championships earlier this year. Texas placed four competitors among the top eight in the men’s discus throw, which was won by Clint Harris of the Longhorns with a throw of 88-feet, four inches. The discus event produced 22 team points for the Longhorns.
Erik Kynard of Kansas State won his third consecutive men’s outdoor high jump championship with a winning jump of 7 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Kynard, who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has now captured three straight indoor and outdoor high jump titles, and he is the first high-jumper in the Big 12 to win three straight outdoor championships.
Texas Tech is in third place in the men’s standings after the second day of the 2013 outdoor championships. Oklahoma, the leader after the first day, dropped to fourth, 23.5 points back of the first-place Longhorns. Iowa State currently sits fifth, followed by Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas and TCU.
The Kansas women claimed titles in two events on Saturday, winning the heptathlon and the long jump. Lindsay Vollmer won the heptathlon, adding that championship to the one she captured in the pentathlon in the conference indoor championships this winter. She is the ninth person in Big 12 history to win both events in the same season.
KU’s Francine Simpson won the long jump and her teammate, Andrea Geubelle, finished second, giving the Jayhawks 16 combined points.
Oklahoma senior and Olympian Tia Brooks won her second consecutive shot put title, breaking the track record in the process.
First-day women’s leader Iowa State fell to second after Saturday’s event. The Cyclones are 12 points back of the Jayhawks. Texas is third, heading into the final day, followed by Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia.