Otuonye, Jones and Grunder Nab Titles on Day One of Big 12s

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AMES, Iowa
– Seniors Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye and Akela Jones each won long jump titles while fellow senior Brady Grunder won the men’s weight throw title as day one of the Big 12 Championships came to a close at the Lied Recreation Center  on Friday. 

After six scored events, the seventh-ranked Kansas State women are in third place with 29 total points, while the men currently sit in second place with 35 points, leaving them just eight points shy of matching their 43 total points scored at last season’s conference meet. 

En route to her second-consecutive long jump title, Jones’ final mark of 6.75m/22-01.75 broke the Big 12 meet record of 6.59m/21-07.50 set by Francine Simpson of Kansas and Lorraine Ugen of TCU. Her mark also set a new Lied Recreation Center record, breaking the previous mark of 6.62m/21-08.75 in 1998 by UNLV’s Shunta Rose. 

Grunder also set a new personal best in weight throw to win the men’s weight throw. Trailing Texas’ Alan Zapalac heading into the fifth attempt, the senior used a mark of 20.49m/67-02.75 to topple the Longhorn thrower. Otuonye won his first conference title in long jump with a mark of 7.70m/25-03.25, a mark which he recorded on his first attempt of the competition. 

The Wildcats will have plenty of opportunities to earn points on Saturday as nearly every athlete qualified for Saturday’s finals in each event. 

The throwers had a dominant day overall, placing all of its weight throwers inside the top-10 of the finals, including personal best throws from Janee’ Kassanavoid (19.64m/64-05.25) and Kyle Smith (18.82m/61-09.00).

Sprinters Terrell Smith and A’Keyla Mitchell just missed their personal bests with strong runs in the 60 meter dash with times of 6.70 and 7.40. Both also recorded solid finished in the 200 meter dash with marks of 21.04 and 23.32, respectively.

The distance and mid-distance group also had a strong first day of competition. Sonia Gaskin and Tia’ Gamble took first and second place in the 600 yard run with times of 1:20.09 and 1:21.62, respectively. Freshman Kurt Loevenstein also notched a strong performance in the 1000 meter run with a first-place finish, recording a time of 2:25.48. 

K-State will also look for a strong start to the second day of competition from its combined events group. Freshman Simone Fassina currently sits in third place in the heptathlon, followed by junior Adam Deterding in fourth place with three events remaining. 

Saturday’s action resumes at 11 a.m. with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. Field events will kick off at noon with the women’s high jump and men’s triple jump, while track events are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. with the women’s 60 meter hurdles finals. 

The final day of the Championships event can be viewed here via FloSports online streaming service. Live results from the Championship will also be available via Delta Timing by clicking here. 

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTF on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateTF or on Facebook. 

Big 12 Championships Day 1
Lied Recreation Center
Ames, Iowa

Women’s 60 Meter Dash Semifinals
6. A’Keyla Mitchell – 7.40Q

Men’s 60 Meter Dash Semifinals
3. Terrell Smith – 6.70Q

Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles Semifinals
2. Akela Jones – 8.20Q

Men’s 60 Meter Hurdles Semifinals
6. Adam Deterding – 8.23Q

Women’s 200 Meter Dash Prelims
2. A’Keyla Mitchell – 23.32Q

Men’s 200 Meter Dash Prelims
3. Terrell Smith – 21.04Q 

Women’s 600 Yard Run Prelims
1. Sonia Gaskin – 1:20.09q
2. Tia’ Gamble – 1:21.62q (PR)

Men’s 600 Yard Run Prelims
3. Kevin Jantsch – 1:11.08q

Men’s 800 Meter Run Prelims
5. Kain Ellis – 1:51.61Q

Men’s Mile Run Prelims
7. Lukas Koch – 4:10.49q (PR)

Men’s 1000 Meter Run Prelims
1. Kurt Loevenstein – 2:25.48Q
8. Blake Goodin – 2:26.08q

Women’s DMR Finals
6. Doll-Parks-Wren-Wedekind – 11:42.66

Men’s DMR Finals
6. Koch-Patterson-Sandquist-Donahue – 10:02.05

Women’s Long Jump Finals
1. Akela Jones – 6.75m/22-01.75 (School, Facility and Big 12 Meet Record)
8. Claudette Allen – 5.94m/19-06.00
9. Alyssa Kelly – 5.82m/19-01.25

Men’s Long Jump Finals
1. Ifeanyichukwu Otyonye – 7.70m/25-03.25 (Big 12 Champion)

Women’s Pole Vault Finals
15. Megan Vanderpool – 3.68m/12-00.75

Men’s Pole Vault Finals
11. Zack Supple – 5.04m/16-06.50

Women’s Weight Throw Finals
2. Sara Savatovic – 20.30m/66-07.25
3. Janee’ Kassanavoid – 19.64m/64-05.25 (PR)
8. Dani Winters – 18.40m/60-04.50

Men’s Weight Throw Finals
1. Brady Grunder – 20.49m/67-02.75 (Big 12 Champion)
4. Kyle Smith – 18.82m/61-09.00 (PR)
5. Mitch Dixon – 18.72m/61-05.00 
6. Tyler Merkley – 18.50m/60-08.50

Heptathlon 60 Meter Dash
8. Max Estill – 7.23 (PR)
9. Adam Deterding – 7.25 (PR)
11. Simone Fassina – 7.37 (PR)

Heptathlon High Jump
3. Simone Fassina – 1.95m/6-04.75
5. Adam Deterding – 1.89m/6-02.25
9. Max Estill – 1.80m/5-10.75

Heptathlon Long Jump
3. Simone Fassina – 6.90m/22-07.75 (PR)
4. Adam Deterding – 6.72m/22-00.75 (PR)
11. Max Estill – 6.31m/20-08.50

Heptathlon Shot Put
3. Adam Deterding – 12.72m/41-08.75 
5. Simone Fassina – 12.36m/40-06.75
13. Max Estill – 10.06m/33-00.25 (PR)