Nwokey in First Place After Day One of Heptathlon
Precious Nwokey leapt into first place of the women's heptathlon on Day 1 of the Big 12 Championships.
May 11, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior Precious Nwokey set a personal record in the 200 meter dash to close out the first day atop the standings of the women's heptathlon with 3,431 points Friday at the Big 12 Championships.
The senior transfer from Kentucky ran a time of 23.99 to earn 982 points and climb back into the lead in the overall standings heading into Saturday's final three events.
"I'm just really proud of her," head coach Wes Kittley said. "She had a good hurdles race and turned around to have a better high jump than she did at the Texas Relays. She dropped a little bit in the shot put and then set a personal record in the 200 meters. What I'm so proud of is she has just hung in there and has been very steady and not worried about what happens."
Nwokey found herself atop the standings after two events, but slipped to second after a ninth place finish in the shot put before reclaiming the top spot with her performance in the 200 meter dash.
"That was really important," Nwokey said. "I had to go out there and really compete in the 200 meters. I had to at least break 24 [seconds] to put myself back into the lead and put myself in a good standing to finish out Day 1. I felt like that was really good for me. I was really excited about it."
Action in the heptathlon will conclude Saturday with the long jump, javelin and 800 meter run.
Nwokey, who set the school record in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays earlier this year with 5,333 points, opened the day with a strong performance in the 100 meter hurdles where she placed first with a time of 13.61 to edge out Richelle Farley and defending NCAA Heptathlon Champion Ryann Krais who followed in second and third.
The time of 13.61 was just off her personal record time of 13.59 set at the Penn Relays earlier this year.
Nwokey placed fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.66 meters (5'-5.25") and ninth in the shot put with a mark of 11.21 (36'-9.40").
In the women's 10,000 meter Rose Tanui garnered a third place finish overall with a time of 34:34.32 to earn six points for the Lady Raiders.
Texas Tech will resume competition at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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