Tiffany Lott, BYU All-American heptathlete, nabbed the first-day lead of the heptathlon competition at the Texas Relays Wednesday.
At the completion of four events, Lott had earned 3,353 points to forge ahead of Latonya Hill of Mississippi State, who is second, by 250 points.Cougar Alicia Brimhall is fourth with 2,803 points, and teammate Olina Karabinova, who came down with a cold before the meet, is sixth with 2,705.
Eleven heptathletes are in the two-day chase.
A heavy rain at the beginning of the meet caused difficulties for all the athletes, particularly in the 100-meter hurdles, which Lott won in 14.09 seconds.
Lott, who placed second as a freshman at the 1994 Relays, is 50 points ahead of her score then.
The long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run will conclude the heptathlon competition Thursday.
Todd Lewis and Rosa Reyes opened the 68th Texas Relays by winning their respective 5,000-meter races in a quiet first day of competition.
Lewis, unattached, beat Jon Warren of Nike Texas, finishing in 13 minutes, 58.56 seconds.
Reyes, of the University of Oklahoma, edged teammate Sarah Hutton in a time of 17:12.87, the slowest 5,000 in meet history.
In other action Wednesday, Darwin Vandehoef, unattached, led the decathlon with 3,892 points.
James Bungei of Lubbock Christian won the 10,000-meter race, edging Andres Gomez of Texas Christian in 29:50.28.
Rosa Ibarra of Wayland Baptist University won the women's 10,000-meter run in 35:18.64, beating Angela Nelson of University of Texas-Arlington, in also the slowest race in meet history.