April 29, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. - Baylor senior Jordan Willmann (Llano, Texas) scored 3,288 points in four events to stand third in the heptathlon after the first day of the 2004 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday at John Jacobs Field.
Willmann, an two-time All-American, ran a 14.36 in the 100-meter hurdles, then posted 1.73 meters (5-8) in the high jump for the third-best marks in each event. Willmann closed to within 24 points of the overall lead by winning the shot put with a throw of 11.93 meters (39-1 ?), but dropped to third after finishing fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.82.
Willmann trails Big 12 indoor pentathlon champion Janelle Wright (3,403) of Kansas State by 115 points and Jessica Stockard (3,338) of Missouri by 50 points. The competition will conclude with the long jump, the javelin and the 800 meters on Friday. The race could be tight as Wright is the favorite in the long jump, but Willmann could close the gap in the javelin and the 800 meters.
"I was pleasantly surprised today - I surprised myself because I came in not knowing what to expect," Willmann said. "I was really happy with my high jump, because I've struggled with that in my previous heptathlons but this was a breakthrough performance for me. I just tried to carry that momentum the rest of the day, because usually when I have a bad high jump, I have a bad shot put, but I had a good first throw, then I was happy with my 200 time."
"I'm sitting third, but I'm feeling good because I know I should run a good 800 tomorrow. I think I can get a good jump in the long jump and usually do well in the javelin throw. If all goes well, hopefully I can place second or even first - I'm just going to go out and do my best. I've lost some weight since my last competition and that definitely helped in the high jump and the 200 and I think it will help in the long jump and the 800 as well, so I'm feeling pretty confident right now - I'll definitely sleep well tonight."
In the men's hammer throw, freshman Chris Cardwell (Abilene, Texas) broke the school record with a heave of 43.42 meters (142-5) to finish 14th, while freshman Blake Havran (Ft. Worth, Texas), who set the old record two weeks ago in Waco at 41.79 (137-1), finished 16th with a mark of 37.62 (123-5).
Senior Megan McCoin (Houston, Texas) finished ninth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:11.30.
The rest of the Bears will be in action when the championships resume Friday. Action starts with Willmann competing in the heptathlon at 11 a.m., followed by the field events at 2 p.m. Preliminary heats for the running events begin on a rolling schedule at 4:30 p.m. Live results can be followed on baylorbears.com, soonersports.com and big12sports.com.