Big 12 Indoor Championship - Day Two Update

Feb. 25, 2006


The second day of the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championship got underway with a provisionally qualifying performance in the heptathlon from junior Josh Kirk. The Olathe, Kan., native entered the day in seventh place but put together strong performances in the pole vault and 1000-meter run to give him a two-day total of 5,373 points, good for fifth overall.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Kansas also got its second individual champion of the Big 12 meet today. Senior Sheldon Battle completed a Jayhawk sweep in the men’s throwing events by winning the shot put with a throw of 65 feet, 3 ¼ inches. Battle, who finished second in the weight throw yesterday behind sophomore Egor Agafonov, was last year’s Big 12 indoor runner-up in the shot.

“It felt really good to win after losing on my last throw last year,” Battle said after the competition. “This year, (Texas shot putter Brian Robison) stepped up on his last throw. It’s the same thing over every year with him in indoors and outdoors. Stepping up and winning was a big deal.”

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles finals, senior Aaron Thompson turned in a time of 7.95, giving him a seventh place result. The Lenexa, Kan., native improved upon his eighth place result at this meet a year ago.

Senior Tiffany Cherry, who broke her own school record in the 60-meter dash yesterday with a time of 7.41, finished eighth in the 60-meter finals today with a time of 7.43.