Lincoln, Neb. – Limited to field event finals on the second day of the Big 12 Track and Field Championships at Ed Weir Stadium, the Aggies added points on the women’s side in the high jump and long jump.
Caroline Wolf cleared 5-11.25 (1.81) to place fourth in the high jump while Ashika Charan finished fifth in the long jump with an effort of 20-2.5 (6.16). Charan hit her best mark in the final round jump, moving up one position and claiming another point.
A clean slate through the first two heights Wolf attempted held her in good standing, but a miss at 5-11.25 opened the door for Nebraksa’s Epley Bullock, who needed a second attempt at 5-8.75 and 5-10. A first-jump clearance by Bullock at 5-11.25 allowed her to move ahead of Wolf for third place when both jumpers left the competition with misses at 6-0.5.
“At first I thought I had third place since I only had one miss,” Wolf said. “But it came down to that one miss, which knocked me back to fourth place.
“It was a good day, and I was feeling good. I felt like I should have made the clearance at 6-0.5, I just needed to do a couple of technical things. I had the height, so now I need to ready for regionals so I can get that height.”
Texas A&M has 11 points in the meet through two days of competition, placing them in a tie for ninth.
Sunday, though, will feature 11 finals for each gender on the track, where the A&M women have 14 qualifiers in the sprints and hurdles and will also contest the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. Among the field events on the second day, the Aggies have five jumpers in the triple jump and five javelin throwers.
Nebraska currently leads the women’s team race with 74 points, but only has four track qualifiers outside of the relays and 5,000 meters for Sunday’s events. Texas Tech is in second place with 41 points while Kansas (27), Oklahoma (23), Kansas State (22) and Missouri (22) round out the top five. Texas women currently have 21 points in seventh place and advanced eight qualifiers for day three finals.
The Aggie men, who have six points, advanced seven athletes to the finals and will feature solid entries in both relay events on Sunday. In addition they have potential point scorers in the javelin, shot put, triple jump, pole vault and high jump.
Kansas sits atop the men’s leader board with 37 points with Texas in second at 28, followed by Nebraska (27), Missouri (25), and Oklahoma (18).
Simone Facey led qualifiers in both the 100 and 200 on Saturday, recording times of 11.24 and 22.83. Alexandria Anderson of Texas was the second-fastest qualifier to Facey with marks of 11.25 and 22.86.
The 11.24 clocking by Facey lowered her school record of 11.27 and marked the third time this season she has broken the Aggie standard in the 100. The 22.83 became the second-fastest time recorded by an Aggie female, behind the 22.77 Facey posted earlier this season.
“I just wanted to do my best in the first round to advance to the finals,” noted Facey. “Sunday should be my day to take the track and show everyone what I can do. I was really happy with the times.
“The 100 meters kind of warmed me up for the 200. Hopefully tomorrow I can run even faster.”
Joining Facey in the 100 final are Porscha Lucas (11.45) and Elizabeth Adeoti (11.53). Rachel Foster just missed as the ninth qualifier with her season best time of 11.67, which was 0.01 off of her career best of 11.66.
In the 200 final three A&M sprinters joined Facey. They include Lucas (23.05), Tresha Henry (23.28) and Katie Baker (23.53). All three set career bests in advancing to the final.
Baker recorded the fastest qualifying time in the 400, running 52.96 to win her heat. Clora Williams, who has won all three Big 12 400 titles she has contested indoors and outdoor the past two years, was second fastest with a winning heat time of 53.86. Sandy Wooten also advanced to the final with a 54.74.
Another event which had three Aggie women reaching the final was the 100 hurdles. Jennifer Williams (13.46), Henry (13.74) and Whitney Holmes (13.76) advanced with the second, fourth and fifth best qualifying marks. Lindsey Adams tied for the ninth spot with a 13.93.
Jennifer Williams also advanced in the 400 hurdles, running a career best of 59.29 to post the fourth-fastest qualifying mark. She moved to No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list.
Three Aggie men advanced to the final of the 400, joining four Baylor Bears. A.C. Robinson set a season-best in winning his heat with a 46.25 clocking. Bryant McCombs recorded a career best of 46.63 to qualify while Justin Oliver managed a 46.71 from lane one to advance as the last qualifier.
In the 400 hurdles two advanced for A&M with Nick Robinson (51.64) and Cade Liverman (51.93) reaching the final. Liverman lowered his career best from a 52.74 he set earlier this season.
Richard Adu-Bobie qualified in the 100 (10.44) while Nick Toohey advanced in the 800 (1:50.27). Chris Dykes aggravated a hamstring injury running in lane one of the 200 qualifying rounds. He finished with a 21.38, but did not advance.