Women's Track Tallies Six All-Conference Honors on Day One
Feb. 24, 2006
Lincoln, Neb. - After day one of competition at the 2006 Big 12 Indoor, the women's squad is sitting in third place with 28 points. The men's squad has yet to score in an event. The Nebraska women are leading with 55.5 points and the Kansas men are leading with 29 points.
Julianne Kennedy earned the first all-conference honor of the meet with a fourth-place finish in the pentathlon. Kennedy scored 3,737 points, the second-best mark in school history. She recorded a time of 8.94 in the 60M hurdles, a clearance of 5'-7.75" in the high jump, a toss of 37'-1.25" in the shot put, a leap of 17'-1.25" in the long jump and a personal best time of 2:29.25 in the 800M.
Tori Polk finished in fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 19'-9.75. Polk, currently third in the nation in the event, only marked one legal jump. She fouled on her first attempt and, after marking 19'-9.75", passed on her last four jumps because of an injury.
In the women's 5000M, Violet Chemakwila and Irene Kimaiyo combined for 11 points with second- and third-place finishes and all-conference honors. Chemakwila clocked a provisional qualifying time of 16:36.32 while Kimaiyo ran a provisional 16:37.25.
Tech will have three representatives in the finals of the 60M hurdles on Saturday. Shawon Harris was the top qualifier with a new school record of 7.85. Marlon Odom was the second-fastest qualifier with a 7.86. Daryl Burgess was the fourth-fastest qualifier with his time of 7.88.
In the prelims of the men's mile, Kevin Chelimo finished sixth overall with a clocking of 4:20.25. Chelimo's time was good enough to qualify him for the final of the event on Saturday.
In the 60M dash prelims, Melissa Branch finished sixth overall with a time of 7.47. Her time is good enough to qualify her for the finals of the event on Saturday.
In the 600Y, defending Big 12 Champion Andrae Williams finished sixth overall with a clocking of 1:10.93. His time is good enough to qualify him for the finals of the event on Saturday.
Zach Glavash, at his first Big 12 Conference event, was the top finisher in the 800M prelims. He clocked a time of 1:51.47.
Michael Mathieu will compete in the finals of the 200M on Saturday after posting a qualifying time of 21.52. He had the seventh-fastest qualifying time.
All-Big 12 Honors
Violet Chemakwila, 5000M, 3rd
Irene Kimaiyo, 5000M, 4th
Amanda Alley, pole vault, 5th
Lindsey Walesheck, pole vault, 5th
Tori Polk, long jump, 4th
Julianne Kennedy, pentathlon, 4th