Precious Nwokey cemented herself as one of the best heptathletes in Texas Tech history early Saturday afternoon.
In the second day of the 2012 Big 12 Championships, the senior broke her own school record, finishing the women's heptathlon with 5,600 points and a second place finish. It marked the highest heptathlon finish in school history at the Big 12 Championships and proved to be a spark for Tech in the first full day of competition at the R. V. Christian Track Complex.
"She has just given us a big boost," head coach Wes Kittley said. "She had a very steady meet, probably her most steady that she has ever had. I was real pleased with her."
Tech went on to advance 14 athletes out of the preliminaries and into to the finals which will begin Sunday at 1 p.m . Four athletes qualified in multiple events.
Nwokey broke her previous school record of 5,333 points which she set March 29 at the Texas Relays. She finished just 60 points behind defending NCAA National Champion Ryann Krais of Kansas State.
Senior Taylor Evans qualified for both the finals of the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Evans recorded a personal best time of 23.23 in the 200 meter dash to finish sixth overall in the preliminaries. She also placed sixth in the 100 meter dash earlier in the day with time of 11.62.
Tech had a total of five athletes qualify for finals in the hurdles. After breaking the school record in final three events of the heptathlon, Nwokey placed fifth overall in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.62. Teammate Katie Grimes finished second overall with a time of 13.65.
Shane Brathwaite and Jamele Mason each qualified in the 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles while freshman Jordan Burgess qualified in the 400 meter hurdles as well with a personal best time of 52.81.
Meanwhile, Caroline Jepleting qualified in both the 1,500 and the 800 meters.
In the field events, junior Ifeatu Okafor finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 16.50 meters (54'-1.75"). Senior Kole Weldon placed eighth in the men's shot put with a throw of 17.58 meters (57'-8.25").