BOULDER, Colo. Â The Oklahoma State women’s track and field had a successful first day at the 2008 Big 12 Outdoor Championships Friday, scoring in two events and finishing the day in a tie for seventh place.
Senior Deleanor Kirkpatrick was the first Cowgirl to score. She had a 55.71-meter mark in the hammer throw, giving her a seventh-place finish, two team points and her third consecutive scoring year at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Sophomore Tone Hjalmarsen was the other Cowgirl to score. She scored four team points for the Cowgirls in the 10,000-meter run, which is 25 laps around the track, with a time of 36:52.70. The fifth-place finish marked Hjalmarsen’s second consecutive scoring year at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
“The high altitude in Colorado affected a lot of the girls times in the 10,000 meters,” coach Rene Sepulveda said. “Most of the girls’ times were about three minutes slower than what they normally run.”
Senior Tihana Sarac, who set the school heptathlon record earlier this year, started the day for the Cowgirls in the 100-meter hurdles, the first heptathlon event. Sarac finished the event in sixth place with a time of 14.90 seconds, but suffered a strained hamstring in the process. The injury forced her to withdraw from competition after finishing two more events.
Senior Brandi Broaddus finished 11th in the javelin throw with a toss of 38.72 meters.
The Cowgirls resume competition Saturday for day two of the Big 12 Championships.
2008 Big 12 Outdoor Championships (Day 1)
-- Sarac, Tihana
100-meter hurdles: 6; 14.90 High Jump: 11; 1.42m Shot Put: 3; 11.88m
7 Kirkpatrick, Deleanor 55.71m
11 Broaddus, Brandi 38.72m
5 Hjalmarsen, Tone 36:52.70