Manhattan Kansas University senior thrower Alena Krechyk broke multiple records and claimed her second career conference title in the hammer throw on Friday at the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Kansas State University.
Krechyk’s win propelled the Jayhawks women’s team to second place after the first day of competition. The KU men’s team sits in sixth place.
Krechyk, who won the same event in 2010, threw for 69.02 meters, which improved upon her own KU record and set new Big 12 meet and K-State facility records. The distance was the third-best mark in the NCAA this season.
Other KU athletes to place in the meet included Heather Bergmann (second place, women’s javelin), Johann Swanepoel (third place, men’s javelin), Jesse Vaughn (fourth place, men’s javelin) and Allison Mayfield (seventh place, women’s javelin).
KU’s Lindsay Vollmer sits in third place after the first four of seven events in the heptathalon. Vollmer took first place in the event’s high jump competition.
The Big 12 Outdoor Championships continue today with track, shot put, pole vault and long jump events before wrapping up on Sunday.