AMES, Iowa- Texas won two individual Big 12 indoor championship titles on the first day of competition.
Kristine Blazevica defended his indoor pentathlon title on Friday after winning the competition with 4,308 points. She opened the day with a third-place finish in the 60m hurdles, equaling her personal best of 8.03 seconds.
The second added a second place in the high jump with a mark of 1.72m (5-7.75). After a third-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 12.47m, she added two event victories in the long jump (6.10m/20-0.25) and 800m with a time of 2 :18.14.
Blazevica scored the first 10 team points for Texas ahead of the rest of the competition.
Yaseen Abdalla broke countless records with his 5000m winning time of 13:33.26. The time is considered a Texas, meet, and facility record. Abdalla’s time broke the seven-year Texas record set by Craig Lutz at the Husky Classic.
The men scored 39 team points after five scored events, while the women had 28 points after six.
Warren Miller scored five points in the men’s pole vault after finishing fourth with a mark of 5.17m (16-11.5), while Leo Neugebauer added two with a seventh-place finish at 4.87m (15-11.75). The men’s long jump totaled 12 points led by Stacy Brown Jr. third place with a jump of 7.58m (24-10.5). Neugebauer scored four more points finishing fifth at 7.55m (24-925), while Jathan Belaire finished seventh at 7.33m (24-0.75).
Philip Frank and Demetri Whitsett started competing in the men’s heptathlon, finishing fifth and eighth respectively after four events. The last three events will start on Saturday at 11 a.m., in the 60m hurdles.
Rodger Rivera scored five points in the 5,000m with a time of 13:41.42, which ranks as the second fastest time in program history behind Abdalla. Haftu Knight the time of 13:46.57 ranks as the sixth-fastest time in Texas history and added three points for sixth place.
The last two points scored for the men were scored by DMR who finished seventh with a time of 10:00.69.
Kiana Lowery totaled two points in the shot put with a mark of 18.94m, a personal best that propelled her to No. 2 in Texas history. Tyra Gittens competed in his first Big 12 competition in the long jump and finished fifth with his jump of 6.29m (20-7.75).
The women’s 5000m totaled four points led by by Isabel Hebner sixth place with a time of 16:39.74, while by Alexa Rodriguez eighth place added one at 16:46.76. The last eight points were recorded by the women’s DMR of Alyssa Duhart, David Patterson, Brooke Jaworski and Valery Tobias who ran a time of 11:19.38.
The Longhorns return to action with countless finals and new on-field events highlighted by Tripp Piperi in the men’s shot put.
Texas Track & Field Big 12 Champions
Kristine Blazevica – Women’s Pentathlon
Yaseen Abdalla – 5000m men
The 12 top scorers in the league
Pentathlon – Kristine Blazevica (10 points / 1st place)
Women’s weight – Kiana Lowery (2 points / 7th place)
Women’s long jump – Tyra Gittens (4 points / 5th place)
5000m women – Isabelle Hebner (3 points / 6th place), Alexa Rodriguez (1 point / 8th place)
female DRM – Alyssa Duhart, David Patterson, Brooke Jaworski, Valery Tobias (8 points / 2nd place)
5000m men – Yaseen Abdalla (10 points / 1st place), Rodger Rivera (5 points / 4th place), Haftu Knight (3 points / 6th place)
Men’s long jump – Stacy Brown Jr. (6 points / 3rd place), Leo Neugebauer (4 pts / 5th place), Jathan Bleaire (2 pts / 7th place)
men’s pole vault – Warren Miller (5 points / 4th place), Leo Neugebauer (2 points / 7th place)
DMR man – Camron Herron, Jon Maas, jonathan jones, Brendan Hebert (2 points / 7th place)