May 13, 2005
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Baylor sophomore Brittany Brockman (Houston, Texas) pulled away with a burst on the final lap to take second and earn All-Big 12 honors in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:14.31 on the first day of competition Friday at the 2005 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at R.V. Christian Track Complex.
With Sara Slattery pulling away with the lead early, Brockman and Oklahoma State's Mary Davies battled for second until the final 300 meters, when Brockman found one last kick and crossed the line nearly nine seconds ahead of Davies. Slattery set the Big 12 record by nearly 1:05 with a winning time of 33:43.10.
"I went out and decided to run with Sara as long as I could," Brockman said. "When she pulled away, I decided to settle back and run with the rest of the group and see what happened. The last lap felt amazing, I didn't know if I still had that speed, but when I hit that 300 it felt good, and it's a lot harder to go catch someone, so I decided to get out in front. I was mentally prepared for this race and I think I will be a lot more prepared for NCAAs."
Assistant track coach and head cross country coach Todd Harbour was also pleased with Brockman's race. "Any other year, she would have won the Big 12," Harbour said. "It took a great effort by Sara Slattery to beat Brittany. Brittany ran well enough to score well for the team and set herself up for a good showing, possibly All-American, at nationals. She just ran a very smart race and knows what she needs to do to have a chance to win next year."
Sophomore Brittany McGuire (Humble, Texas) finished 12th in the race with a time of 37:24.52. Senior Matt Chance (Colleyville, Texas) finished 14th in the men's race in 31:22.07. Sophomore Chris Cardwell (Abilene, Texas) finished 20th in the hammer throw with a mark of 46.57 (152-9).
The Bears return to action at the championships Saturday beginning with senior April Holliness
(Duncanville, Texas) in the women's long jump at 2 p.m. The championships conclude Sunday.