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Magle Claims Big 12 High Jump Title

May 14, 2005

             MANHATTAN, Kan.- University of Colorado senior Anna Magle became the program's first women's high jump conference champion in 14 years when she won the event in a jump-off  here Saturday during the second day of the ninth annual Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Kansas State's R.V. Christian Track Complex.  After seven final events, the Colorado women are tied for sixth place with 25 points while the men are in 10th with 12.


            Magle,  who finished sixth a year ago, becomes just the third Buff to win the event and first since Karol Damon won the 1991 Big Eight crown in Lincoln, Neb. Annette Tannender was the first in 1979.


            "I'm happily surprised," said Magle.  "At 5-8.75 it was kind of nerve wracking. I came here ranked fourth with the goal to finish among the top three highest finishers.  To win in a jump off is pretty cool."


            Magle, Kansas' Sondra Rauterkus and two other jumpers had cleared 1.75m (5-8.75) for a four- way tie for first place, but only Magle and Rauterkus had advanced without any misses at previous heights, forcing the jump off between the two.  When both were unable to clear 180 cm, the bar was lowered to 177 cm with the same result.  With the bar now lowered to 174, Rauterkus came up short on her attempt, leaving Magle with the opportunity for the win which she capitalized on.


            The women's shot put christened the Buffs' afternoon, with junior Carly Newlands throwing a 13.83m (45-4.50) in her final attempt, falling short of the finals, to finish 10th in the event.  Also denied a trip to the finals in the women's long jump, Amberly Casey finished sixth in the third flight and 10th overall with a 5.91m (19-4.75) on her first leap.


            Christine Bolf and Stephen Pifer were the only two of five runners that will advance to Sunday's 1,500-m finals.  Bolf finished second in the opening heat, and will qualify with the fourth fastest preliminary time of 4:29.42. 


            It was a pretty good race," said Bolf who advanced easily.  "I didn't know how many people were behind me. I just wanted to stay in front and finish in the top three to advance to the finals. And I did what I needed to do."


            Pifer, who won the third heat at the finish line in 3:52.18, goes into Sunday's final with the third fastest time trailing Leonel Manzano of Texas (3:46.86) and Brian Duplechain of Texas A&M (3:47.95).  Fighting his way to the inside lane in tight quarters on the opening straightaway, Pifer had one of his shoes kicked off and ran the remaining three and a half laps with the shoe off his heel.  By the second lap he was wavering between second and third place with Nebraska' Peter van der Westhuizen before taking the lead during the third lap.  During the bell lap it was Pifer, van der Westhuizen, and Texas A&M's Jonathan Thomas jockeying for position. Pifer, in second in the final straightaway, outkicked van der Westhuizen at the finish.


            "The definite objective today was to make the finals while expending as little energy as possible to," explained Pifer on his race tactics.  "I got the job done, and I'm glad to be in my first 1,500-m finals at a Big 12 Championship.  Not having been here last year, I'm blessed to be here this year."


            Brent Vaughn, who was the fastest runner not to advance, finishing fourth in the opening heat, ninth today in 3:49.40. After starting the race in the middle of the pack, he made a move to the outside and up in the final turn of the third lap and fought to take the lead before Kansas State's Christian Smith went by him with 200-m to run before being outkicked by Oklahoma State's David Pomies at the finish.


            In the second heat, Anthony Chiulli finished fifth in the heat, 13th overall in 3:51.60, ahead of teammate Daniel Kenney who was 10th, 22nd overall in 3:56.29.


            Colorado fell short of advancing any athletes in the men's sprints and 800-m.  Nate Terry ran a season best 48.36 to finish fifth in the opening heat of the 400-m, but the effort wasn't enough to get him into Sunday's finals as he finished 16th overall today.  George Pincock (48.76) was third in his heat and 18th overall, and Chris Abuan (48.30) sixth and a team best 14th, respectively.


            Pincock nearly made his second straight 200-m finals based on time as the sophomore finished third in the third heat in 21.39, but his time dropped him to 11th overall.  In the same heat, Eric Lee-O'Brien finished sixth in 21.85 and finished 17th overall, just ahead of teammate Sam Napp who was seventh in his heat and 19th overall (22.42).


            The Buffs were closer, to no avail, in the 800 as Jason Zichterman (1:52.74) and Derek Winton (1:52.79) finished 12th and 13th overall after Zichterman finished fourth in the second heat and Winton fifth in the third.


            With preliminary Saturday in the books, "finals Sunday", the third and final day of the meet, will feature Casey and Liza Negriff in the women's triple jump at 1 p.m. local time, followed by Newlands and Cortney Hutmacher in the discus, the men's 400-m and 1,600-m relays, 3,000-m steeplechase, Pifer and Bolf in the 1,500-m, Zach Hazen in the discus, Andy Miller in the men's high jump and the men's and women's 5,000-m.


            "The highlight of the day was certainly Anna's win in the high jump.  It was a sound performance, nearly the highest jump ever of her career, but more importantly, well executed in the heat of battle.  It was a good, solid, courageous performance which I hope the rest of the team will pay attention to during tomorrow's finals," said head coach Mark Wetmore.  "Christine advances as expected, Stephen Pifer advances in the 1,500-m after a lot of traffic problems. I'm disappointed that Brent (Vaughn) didn't, but in retrospect, it was an entry mistake on my part. This is a very strong 1,500-m conference and I don't think he was ready.


            "In a couple of other places we stumbled and are behind, so hopefully some people will rise up tomorrow."




R.V. Christian Track Complex (Manhattan, Kan.)

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES (after 7 events): 1. Nebraska, 45.66-points; 2. Texas A&M, 32; 3. Kansas, 29; 4. Texas Tech, 27; 5. Kansas State, 26; 6. COLORADO, 25; 6. Oklahoma State, 25; 8. Baylor, 20; 8. Texas, 20; 10. Iowa State, 10. Missouri, 11; 12. Oklahoma, 1.33.

Women's 1,500-m (prelims): 4. Christine Bolf, 4:29.42Q.

Women's High Jump (finals): 1. Anna Magle, 1.75m (5-8.75)

Women's Shot Put (finals): 10. Carly Newlands, 13.83m (45-4.50).

Women's Long Jump (finals): 10. Amberly Casey, 5.91m/19-4.75.


MEN'S TEAM SCORES (after 7 events): 1. Nebraska, 49-points; 2. Kansas State, 36; 3. Kansas, 31; 4. Texas A&M, 30.50; 5. Texas, 30; 6. Missouri, 28; 7. Iowa State, 24; 8. Texas Tech, 19.50; 9. Oklahoma, 13; 10. COLORADO, 12.

Men's 200-m (prelims): 11. George Pincock, 21.39; 17. Eric Lee-O'Brien, 21.85; 19. Sam Napp, 22.42

Men's 400-m (prelims): 14. Chris Abuan, 48.30; 16. Nate Terry, 48.36; 18. George Pincock, 48.76.

Men's 800-m (prelims): 12. Jason Zichterman, 1:52.74; 13. Derek Winton, 1:52.79

Men's 1,500-m (prelims): 3. Stephen Pifer, 3:52.18Q; 9. Brent Vaughn, 3:49.40; 13. Anthony Chiulli, 3:51.60; 22. Daniel Kenney, 3:56.29.


Q?advances to Sunday's finals