MANHATTAN, Kansas – In winning a third consecutive Big 12 javelin title on Friday, Texas A&M junior Sam Humphreys broke the facility, meet and Aggie school records with a victorious mark of 259 feet, 1 inch (78.98).
“I wanted to come out here and make it a three-peat,” said Humphreys. “I’ve always had a better season mark that surpassed the Big 12 meet record since my freshman year, so I finally wanted to break that record this time. I’m so happy that I also set a school record.”
In the opening round Humphreys claimed the lead quickly with a 253-11 (77.39) that bettered the Big 12 meet record of 251-5 (76.64) set in 1999 by Nebraska’s Scott Warren as well as the facility record of 247-0 (75.29) at the R.V. Christian Track Complex set in 2004.
Humphreys threw further in the second round with a heave of 259-1 (78.98), or the equivalent of 86 yards, topping his own A&M school record of 256-6 (78.19) set back in March of this season.
A&M frosh Devin Bogert finished second to Humphreys with a season best of 222-10 (67.91) to supply the Aggies with an early 18 points in their team title defense. Bogert improved on his previous best this season of 217-6 (66.30) and came within two feet of making the Aggie all-time top 10 list.
“It’s very nice to get 18 points with Devin placing second,” noted Humphreys. “For him to come out here in his freshman year and get second, I love it.
Bogert added: “It was a great feeling getting first and second and scoring that many points. Performance-wise I felt I had a lot more today, but I’ve been battling some little injuries.”
Only taking two more throws in the competition Humphreys had marks of 243-3 (74.15) and 258-3 (78.71) in the third and fourth rounds, producing one of his best series ever.
“It’s the best weather I’ve ever had for a Big 12 meet,” stated Humphreys. “Right now, I wish I would have taken all six throws. I wanted to get an extra meter to get 80 meters, but we have regional and nationals coming up and those are the bigger meets.
Humphries currently ranks second on the U.S. and collegiate lists in the javelin, trailing a 266-9 (81.31) by defending NCAA champion Tim Glover of Illinois State. On the 2012 world list, Humphries is currently 22nd.
While Humphreys is the second person to win three javelin titles, he becomes the first to claim three consecutive titles. Scott Russell of Kansas, who held the stadium record, won three Big 12 javelin titles over a five-year period in 1998, 2000 and 2002.
“Going into NCAAs now I have a bit more confidence from winning another Big 12 title. I’m very happy with the consistency I had today. That’s the best series I’ve ever had in my life.
“In practice I’ve been working on pushing through my crossovers, when in the past I would just let it go. So today I wanted to push through and hit the block a little bit harder.”
Bogert opened with a 209-5 (63.84) and then improved to a career best of 222-10 to better his previous best of 221-8 set in 2010 during high school. After a 216-1 (65.86) in round three Bogert passed his final three attempts.
“Even throwing that far today, I felt I still had some more in me,” noted Bogert. “You are always a little nervous passing on some throws waiting to see what others are going to do. Today, it worked out well.”
In the women’s javelin Texas A&M accumulated 11 points with Laura Asimakis placing third while Jena Hemann finished fifith and Bonnie Richardson was eighth.
Asimakis, the 2009 Big 12 champion, recorded a best of 162-7 (49.56) to finish with the bronze medal behind winner Brittany Borman of Oklahoma (181-2 / 55.21) and runner-up Heather Bergmann of Kansa (168-7 / 51.39).
Hemann, who is also competing in the heptathlon today, threw 145-2 (44.26) to claim four points in fifth place. Richardson supplied a mark of 138-5 (42.18).
Lauren Berg finished ninth with a 136-2 (41.50) while Kelly Czumble (129-8 / 39.52) and Aly Daily (128-7 / 39.20) placed 11th and 12th. Also placing 12th in the men’s javelin was Jon Gomez (188-6 / 57.46).
The first day of the heptathlon has the Aggie freshman trio in second, seventh and 10th place. Annie Kunz is in second place with 3,378 points while Hemann is seventh with 3,198 points. Chelsea Utley has scored 3,047 points and is in 10th place among a field of 19 entrants.
Kunz ran 14.05 in the 100 hurdles, cleared 5-6.5 in the high jump, had a shot put toss of 41-4.5 and ran 25.26 in the 200. Hemann’s marks included 14.70, 5-7.75, 40-2.75 and 26.44. Utley’s marks were 15.15, 5-6.5, 34-3 and 25.68.
Texas Tech’s Precious Nwokey leads with 3,431 points while Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas is third with 3,326.