Cyclones notch two titles on day one of Big 12 Championships

Chris Wolff

While most of day one of the Big 12 Championships was used on prelim races, and a few field events, it was the final two races of the night that stole the show.

The 5000-meter run and the distance medley relay events are the only finals races on day one of the Big 12 Championship and the ISU’s women’s track team took home the titles in each event.

Winning the 5000-meter run was senior Sam Bluske. Bluske outlasted the field to take over down the final stretch for the win. Iowa State’s Katy Moen finished the race in third, and freshman Bethanie Brown took sixth.

The distance medley relay team of Ejiro Okoro, Kendra White, Maggie Gannon and Perez Rotich also won a Big 12 Championship title. Okoro, who typically runs the 800-meter leg, slid back to the one mile anchor leg.

Okoro didn’t disappoint. The senior overcame a significant deficite with a blistering final 200-meters of the race, and was able to clip Baylor’s anchor by .68 seconds at the line.

Team-wise, Iowa State sits in third place with a team score of 29 points. Kansas State and Texas are tied for first with 38 points after one day of competition.

Tommorrow’s action from the Big 12 Championships will resume at 11 A.M.