May 11, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – University of Oklahoma senior Brittany Borman won her second consecutive women’s javelin title on the first day of the 2012 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday. Borman won the event with a mark of 181 feet, two inches, besting the previous R.V. Christian Track Complex by more than eight feet. George Alex capped off the opening day with his first Big 12 Conference outdoor title, winning the men’s 10,000-meter run in 29 minutes, 32.61 seconds. Alex was one of four Sooners to finish in the top 10. The Oklahoma men tallied 21 points on the day, while the women earned 10 with Borman's win.
Borman hit her mark, which measured 55.21 meters, on her final attempt after opening with a throw of 179-1 on her first attempt. In addition to the Christian Track record, she also met the Olympic Trials A standard in the event (55.00m).
“I felt pretty good about (the throw),” Borman said. I had a rough week this week. I strained my back earlier in the week, so it felt good to come out and (throw 181-2). The first throw was alright and then I struggled a little bit. I started to pick it back up at the end. Some of the other girls started throwing farther and it got me fired up a little bit.”
Borman is the first Oklahoma female to win back-to-back conference titles in two different events since Kellie Cathey won the 10,000-meter run in 1983 and 1982 and the 5,000-meter run in 1982 and 1981. Borman has won the Big 12 discus title in each of the last two seasons. She is also the fifth Oklahoma female to win four or more individual conference titles in her tenure as a Sooner, joining Cathey, Kay Gooch, Jane Clough and Cecil Hansen on the list.
Alex won his first outdoor title, adding to his impressive season after winning the indoor 3,000-meter title in March. Alex took the lead over Oklahoma State’s Shadrack Kipchirchir with 3.5 laps to go and held on to win the event. He joins Conor Holt (1996) and Noel Berekley (1989) as OU’s 10,000-meter conference champions and is the first to win the event in the Big 12 era.
“I’ve always heard that you want to write your goals in stone and everything else in sand,” Alex said. “I think for all of us that was the entire 10,000-meter race. We had different expectations going into with regards to our race strategy, and we knew right from the gun we were going to have to adapt. It ended up working for the best.”
Holden Mitchell was seventh in the men’s hammer throw with a collegiate-best mark of 191-5, more than five feet better than his previous mark. Claire McConnell finished the first day of the women’s heptathlon in eighth place with 3,186 points. McConnell won her heat of the 100-meter hurdles and set a collegiate best in the shot put with a throw of 34-10.25, two feet better than her previous mark.
Action resumes at Christian Track Saturday morning with combined events. The women’s heptathlon begins its final three events at 10:30 a.m. CT. Field events begin at 2 p.m., followed by track preliminaries at 3 p.m. Live results can be found via a link at SoonerSports.com.
2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Day One Results
R.V. Christian Track Complex – Manhattan, Kan. – May 11, 2012
Men’s 10000m Run: 1. George Alex, 29:32.61; 3. Bill Kogel, 29:35.48; 6. Kevin Schwab, 30:00.25; 9. Aaron Sherf, 30:14.94; 15. Ryan Poland, 30:43.03; Women’s Hammer Throw: 15. Rylee Rackley, 170-1; Men’s Hammer Throw: 7. Holden Mitchell, 191-5; Women’s Javelin: 1. Brittany Borman, 181-2 (stadium record, old record: 173-6); Women’s Heptathlon (through four events): 8. Claire McConnell, 3186 (100H: 14.24, HJ: 5-4.25, SP: 34-10.25, 200: 24.86)