"We're pretty much right where we need to be, maybe even a little ahead of where I was hoping," OSU coach Dave Smith said. "We had a couple spots where we didn't get what we thought we could, but there were a couple guys who did better than we thought they would. It balanced out well. We have a long way to go, but we have a lot of guys in the finals tomorrow. We're right where we need to be."
The shining performance of the night came in the 5,000 meters, where Kirubel Erassa (first place), Shane Moskowitz (second) and Brian Gohlke (fourth) combined to score a colossal 23 team points.
"Kirubel Erassa and Shane Moskowitz are incredible athletes," Smith said. "They're confident and experienced. They really want to win this team title, and they're going to have a very busy weekend to try to help us do it. It was a great start for them. Brian Gohlke was awesome. He ran a great race. He did a little better than we expected. He helped us get one step closer to where we need to be."
In the men's weight throw, Miller, the defending Big 12 champion, entered the competition with marks that were far superior to his competition, and he didn't disappoint. He won the event with a launch of 20.63m/67 feet, 8.25 inches, almost 2.5 meters farther than the second-place throw.
The finals of the two events involving the speedy Hill will be streamed live on big12sports.com and those events are scheduled as follows:
Men's 60-meter dash finals - 2 p.m.
Men's 200-meter dash finals - 4:10 p.m.