May 3, 2013
WACO, Texas - Senior Kevin Schwab ran away with the 10,000 meter title to highlight the first day of the Big 12 Championships for the Oklahoma track and field teams at Hart-Patterson Complex on Friday.
In the final event of the day, Schwab set a stadium record by finishing in 29:12.84. The senior looked back the last few meters to greet fellow Sooner Kevin Williams in second place, greeting Williams later at the finish as OU finished 1-2 in the event. Williams finished in a career-best time of 29:16.62, good for fourth on the OU men's outdoor performance list.
"The plan was if I started feeling good to string it out a bit and these guys would just follow along and that's exactly what happened," said Schwab, who finished second in the event at the conference meet in 2011. "We came here five years ago trying to make Oklahoma the best distance program in the country and we're getting pretty close."
Also scoring for the Sooners in the 10,000 were senior Aaron Sherf, finishing in seventh at 29:29.64, and sophomore Ryan Poland at eighth with a time of 29:30.33. Senior Kyle King also placed 11th in 30:06.31.
Altogether, the race netted the Sooners 21 points, pushing the OU men to 31 points overall on the day, first overall and 16 points ahead of second-place Texas.
In the men's hammer finals, OU racked up its other 10 points, getting six from a third-place finish by senior Holden Mitchell, who went 59.87 meters, besting his previous career high of 58.80 by more than a meter. Freshman Austin Perry garnered the other four points for the Sooners, finishing fifth with a throw of 54.82 meters.
With throws that moved them up the OU all-time outdoor performance list, freshman Sarah Tolson finished sixth and sophomore Rylee Rackley finished seventh in the hammer throw to earn the OU women's team five early points. Both Sooners set personal bests, with Tolson's fourth attempt going 56.03 meters and Rackley's third attempt good for 55.48 meters. Freshman Brooke Garner also finished 10th for OU with a throw of 52.69 meters.
In the women's pole vault, freshman Rachel Bolton career high of 3.91 meters, finishing sixth and collecting three points for Oklahoma. Senior Jacy Bennett finished 10th, halting at a height of 3.61 meters.
Senior Claire McConnell competed in the first four events of the heptathlon, ending the first day with 3,326 points, good for second overall. McConnell finished second in the high jump and 200 meters, third in the shot put and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Overall, the women's side ended the day with eight points, good for fifth. Iowa State leads with 35 points.
The Big 12 Championships continue on Saturday, including finals in the heptathlon, decathlon, men's and women's long jump, men's high jump and discus and women's shot put.