Steele Wasik became the second athlete to win back-to-back Big 12 titles in the decathlon and the Longhorns track and field teams took four wins overall on the second day of the Big 12 Championships in Waco Saturday.
Wasik, John Rice, Tripp Piperi and Kally Long each recorded victories to lead the men’s and women’s teams to second place through two days of action. The men have 51 points, short of Kansas State by 15. The women have 60 points and trail Kansas State by five.
Wasik scored 7,588 points in the decathlon to edge Aaron Booth of Kansas State by 80 points. Wasik notched wins in the 110-meter hurdles and the javelin to propel him to his second straight title.
“Steele battled through every event,” associate head coach Ty Sevin said. “He’s just a warrior. There’s not enough that can be said about what this kid means to this team to come back after the decathlon and make the final in the hurdles.”
Wasik, along with John Burt, Medric Roberson and Isaiah Lucas, qualified for the final of the 110-meter hurdles.
Piperi, a freshman, set a record for Clyde Hart Stadium, posting a mark of 66 feet, 3 inches in the shot put. He won the event by nearly three feet.
John Rice notched the third victory for the men’s team as he took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He finished in 9 minutes, 2 seconds, nearly six seconds faster than second place.
Kally Long highlighted the women’s side of the action. She posted a height of 14-2 3/4 with no misses in the pole vault for her first Big 12 title.
Ashtin Zamzow fell short of a Big 12 title in the heptathlon but earned eight points with her second-place finish. Meghan Lloyd finished the 3,000 steeplechase in fifth to score four points.
A bevy of Longhorns also qualified for Sunday’s event finals. The Big 12 Championships conclude Sunday.
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