DII women's track and field: West Texas A&M sit first in the standings
BRADENTON, Fla. – The Lady Buffs dream season continued on Friday afternoon at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Champions as they finished the second day of competition in first place in the standings with 25 points. The Lady Buffs entered the championships ranked fourth and sit one point ahead of indoor runner-up Hillsdale courtesy of two runner-up finishes. It marks the first time in WT history that either the men's or women's team has stood atop the standings after two days of competition.
"It is great to be in this position after the second day," WT head coach Darren Flowers said. "There is still a lot of track & field left and a lot of points to be scored. Some of the teams behind us have a lot of ammunition to work with and we just need to maximize what we can do tomorrow. We will need a lot of help in order to finish the championships at the top of the standings. If we continue to stay loose and have fun we will be successful regardless of the outcome."
Kaputin picked up her second All-American honor in as many days finishing second in the triple jump. She moved up to second on her final jump of the competition with a mark of 42-0.75 (12.82m) while Malika Ouedraogo finished third. The two athletes combined to score a crucial 14 points in the event.
Kaputin sat third after her first three jumps with her best jump coming on her second attempt when she leaped 41-4.25 (12.60m). She was moved down to fourth when Ouedraogo jumped 41-11.25 (12.78m) on her fourth attempt.
Kaputin moved up to third on her fifth attempt jumping 41-10.5 (12.76m) and moved in front of Ouedraogo on her final jump of the competition. Her leap not only broke the school record but also broke the national record for Papa New Guinea.
Cunigan was one of two freshman to earn All-American honors in the discus. The Wills Point native started the competition off strong with a personal best mark of 172-4 (52.54m) on her first attempt. She entered the finals with a slim lead over Heavin Warner of Central Missouri. Cunigan held that lead until Mariah Garcia of Central Oklahoma threw 172-8 (52.64m) on her fifth attempt to move Cunigan to second place. She was unable to beat out Garcia and became the first Lady Buff to earn All-American honors in the discus.
Cunigan broke her own freshman and school record during the competition. She becomes the first freshman in WT history to finish runner-up in both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Shanice Cameron and Libby Strickland both competed in the 200-meters running 24.26 and 24.42 respectively. Cameron finished 10th while Strickland finished 13th. Victoria Rausch ran 14.27 to finish 19th in the 100-meter hurdles in her first NCAA Championship appearance.