May 18, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas - The seventh Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships continued today at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. Behind a strong performance from heptathlete Jordan Willmann the women are in seventh place with 16 points. The men are hoping for a strong showing in the finals on Monday.
Willmann had another stellar day in the heptathlon. After recording personal best marks in three of the four events on Saturday, she recorded two more best marks today to tally a school record total of 5,499, breaking Kerry O'Bric's total of 5,481. Willmann, who broke the school record in the pentathlon at the conference indoor championships, finished third overall. The junior was one point shy of automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Willmann started the day with a long jump distance of 18-1 ?. She proceeded to record a season best javelin throw of 105-10. In the final of the seven events, she won the 800 in a time of 2:12.01.
"I always looked up to Kerry (O'Bric) like she was on a pedestal and to be at her level was not even a goal of mine at the beginning of the season," Willmann said.
Head coach Clyde Hart praised his multi-event specialist saying: "Jordan had a tremendous performance. Breaking the school record as a junior is exceptional."
Lakadron Ivery tied the school record of 11.29 in the prelims of the 100-meter dash, easily winning her heat to advance to the finals. She She Crawford also clocked an 11.29, doing so in 1992. April Holliness also advanced to the finals in the event with a time of 11.76. Ivery also advanced in the 200, running a 23.46.
Freshman Shanta Bibbs got the Bears started in the running preliminaries. She advanced to the finals in the 400 with a season-best time of 55.81 to take second in her heat. In the men's quartermile, Darold Williamson and Jeremy Wariner each won their heats to advance. Williamson had the faster time, recording a 46.14. Wariner had a 46.42. Joel Martin also advanced to the finals, clocking a 47.29. Three Bears also advanced in the men's 400 hurdles, moving on with the fastest three qualifying times. Seth Billy ran the fastest time, winning his heat with a 51.69. Brian McDonald also won his heat, clocking a 52.05. Jordan Lewis was second in that heat with a 52.34. Danielle Myricks had the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the women's 400 hurdles, recording a 1:00.53. Freshman Wil Fitts advanced in the 800 with a time of 1:50.02. Wariner also advanced in the 200, finishing second in his heat with a 20.92.
"We had some good things and we had some bumpy things," Hart added. "We had several athletes put themselves in great position for the finals, so we'll see tomorrow."
In other running prelims, Nick Devenport took 11th in the 1,500 with a time of 3:54.25. With a season-best time of 13.94, Janelle Mulkey finished 10th in the 100 hurdles. Jasmine Opusunju took 13th in the 400 (56.04), followed by Tiffany Wise in 15th with a 56.29. Robbie Quiroga ran a season-best time of 48.41 to finish 16th in the men's 400. Elizabeth Wilson finished 11th in the 100 with an 11.94 followed by Marquisha Sefas (12th; 12.03), Mulkey (14th; 12.24) and Lindsey Ramey (16th; 12.56). In the men's 100, Jamen Saziru took 11th, clocking a 10.64. Sefas took 15th place in the 200 with a time of 24.51. She was followed by Wilson (16th; 24.65), Bibbs (22nd; 25.68) and Ramey (23rd; 25.97). Saziru competed in the men's 200 clocking a 21.22.
In field event finals, Holliness recorded an 18-8 ? to finish 12th in the long jump. Amber Barnes took 16th in the shot put with a heave of 39-8 ?. Rachel Roessler was 18th in the event, recording a throw of 38-5. In the pole vault, Rebecca McPherson cleared a personal-best height of 11-0 ?.
The Bears hope for drastic increases in point totals on both sides as the meet concludes on Monday. Field events will get underway at 4 p.m. with the running finals slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.