Missouri’s Lars Rise competes in the decathlon long jump on May 13, 2011.
Baylor’s Nick Lyons watches his thrown javelin on May 13, 2011.
Oklahoma’s Jessica Engel wins the 10,000 meter run on May 13, 2011.
Texas’ Isaac Murphy competes in the decathlon discus on May 14, 2011.
Kansas’ Nick Canton competes in the high jump on May 14, 2011.
Texas A&M’s Sasha Kay Matthias competes in the triple jump on May 15, 2011.
Colorado’s Jonny Stevens runs in the 3000 meter steeplechase on May 15, 2011.
Texas A&M’s Demetrius Pinder collapses after the 400 meter run on May 15, 2011.
Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds wins the 100 meter hurdles on May 15, 2011.
Runners wait for their exchanges in the 4×400 meter relay on May 15, 2011.
Recently, I covered the Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Big 12 Conference at the University of Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Track Complex in Norman, Oklahoma on May 13-15, 2011. Although the temperatures were a little cool and I suffered some windburn, it was a good time. The highlight of the event was hanging out with the University of Kansas Athletics Department photographers, Jeff and Laura Jacobsen. Jeff had just returned from teaching at Rich Clarkson’s Sports Photography Workshop in Colorado the day before the track and field championships, yet they arrived at John Jacobs Track Complex on Friday morning in time to shoot women’s javelin, the first event of the meet. Jeff and Laura are two of the most sincere people I know and while their presence makes any event more fun, their talent inspires me to make better photos.