Arkansas men, Texas women lead
Freshman Irwin wins pole vault for Razorbacks
NAMPA, Idaho -- Arkansas freshman Andrew Irwin won the pole vault at 18 feet, 2 1/2 inches to help the Razorbacks top the men's standings, and Texas led the women's points race Friday night after the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
With more than half of the event finals remaining, Arkansas had 22 points. Texas was second with 20, and Arizona third with 16. Two-time defending champion Florida, which has the bulk of its meet-high 12 athletes competing Saturday, had seven points.
Texas topped the women's standings with 17 points, followed by Iowa State with 15 and Arizona with 13. Oregon, seeking its third straight title, was tied for 10th with eight points.
TCU senior Whitney Gipson won the women's long jump at 22-8, tying the collegiate record and the best indoor mark of the year. Russia's Olga Kucherenko also jumped 22-8.