Ryan Crouser of Texas successfully defended his NCAA outdoor shot put championship and Oklahoma State long distance runner Shadrack Kipchirchir finished second in the men’s 10,000 meters, highlighting Big 12 successes in the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The 6-7, 240-pound Crouser’s winning distance in the shot put was 69-feet, 3 1/2 inches to claim his third consecutive national title in the outdoor event. And he is only a junior. Crouser, who is from an Oregon town not far from Eugene, also won the 2014 indoor title and extended his winning streak in his specialty to 10 consecutive events.
“It feels great and there’s no place I’d rather do it than Eugene in front of friends and family,” Crouser said to reporters afterward.
In addition to Crouser’s winning performance, the Longhorns’ Johannes Hock is in second place in the men’s decathlon after the first day.
Texas is in second place in the team standings, with three more days to go, with 11.5 points in the Day 1 competition.
Oklahoma State’s Kipchirchir came in behind Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek, who put on a sprint in the final lap and the Oklahoma State distance runner followed him, but Cheserek broke the tape first. Kipchirchir was awarded eight points for the second-place finish, which placed the Cowboys in fourth place in the team scoring after the first day of competition.
“He (Kipchirchir) is a great competitor,” Oklahoma State coach Dave Smith said. “The first thing he said after the race was that he feels great and is ready for the 5,000. I’m ready too.”
Kipchirchir is the fourth All-American from Oklahoma State in the past five years at the 10,000-meters distance.
Nick Miller of Oklahoma State is ranked No, 1 in the country in the hammer throw, which is one of the events scheduled for Day 2.
TCU’s Lorraine Ugen, the defending national outdoor champion in the long jump, finished fourth in her specialty in this year’s championships. Ugen, a six-time All-American, jumped 21 feet on her first attempt. Unfortunately, she fouled on her next four attempts, and recorded a distance of 19-feet, 11 3/4 inches on her final jump. The winning distance was 21-feet, 6 inches by Oregon’s Jenna Prandini.
Also on Day 1 of the competition, Avione Allgood of Oklahoma placed second in the women’s javelin. Allgood was eight feet behind the winning throw, with a distance of 182-feet, 4 inches.