LINCOLN, Neb. - Texas A&M men's indoor track and field team captured its first-ever Big 12 Championship, while the Nebraska women snapped an Aggie winning streak to claim the women's crown in the conclusion of the 2011 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Devaney Center on Saturday.
This marks Nebraska's sixth Big 12 crown and first since 2005, ending TAMU's string of four-straight Conference titles. The NU women tallied 115.5 points, 14.5 more than the Aggies, who took second with 101 points while the Texas women rounded out the top three with 96.5 points.
For the men, Texas A&M won by 28 points, recording a final score of 134 with last year's winner Oklahoma coming in second at 106 points and the Nebraska men posting 99.5.
Teammates Jessica Beard and Jeneba Tarmoh share the women's high-point scorer award, with 20.5 points apiece at the Championships. It is the third-straight year an Aggie has claimed the female top performance distinction. Beard and Tarmoh led a TAMU 4x400 relay team to its first-ever event title with a time of 3:32.85, breaking an eight-year Big 12 meet record. Beard also became the first women's indoor performer to win event titles in four-straight years as she has finished first in the 400-meter dash from 2008-11, this year with a time of 51.68. Tarmoh won the women's 200-meter in a world-best time of 22.88, the fifth-straight Aggie to win in the event.
OU's Mookie Salaam took home the high-point men's honors (21.25), winning the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash crowns while also earning points in OU's fourth-place 4x400 meter relay. He became the third male in the Big 12 era to win the 60 and 200 events in the same championship. Salaam is now a two-time 60-meter dash event winner and OU's first-ever men's indoor high-point winner.
The TAMU men were powered by their strong running events, winning titles in the 600-yard, 800-meter and 4x400 relay. Senior Tabarie Henry became the first Aggie to win the 600-yard since 2001 with a time of 1:08.71. Fellow Aggie Michael Preble finished second behind Tabrie to give the Aggies 19 points from the one event. In the 800-meter, Joey Roberts clocked a winning time of 1:48.89, the fastest in the Conference this year, while Oscar Ramirez checked in at fifth to give the Aggies 14 points from the 800. Finally, the combination of Tabrie, Preble, Bryan Miller and Demetrius Pinder in the 4x400 meter relay sealed the TAMU win with a time of 3:07.14.
The Husker women had finished in the top three the past three years, but claimed four crowns at this year's event to push them to the top. Senior Chante McMillan claimed her second-straight pentathlon title, with 4,287 points, in the first day of the championships, while freshman Mara Griva captured triple jump and long jump titles. The young Husker beat out Texas' Chantel Malone in both events, claiming NU's second-consecutive triple jump with a mark of 43-03.75 (13.20m) and its first long jump award since 2004 with a 20-10.00 (6.35m) jump. Senior Natalie Willer set a new Big 12 meet record with her pole vault of 14-04.00 (4.37m) to capture the Huskers' fourth title in the event.
Three separate teams swept running events as Oklahoma took home both titles in the 60-meter dash, Oklahoma State in the mile run and Texas in the 1,000-meter dash. Salaam won the 60m in 6.59 while Sooner senior Scottesha Miller also automatically-qualified with her winning time of 7.25, defeating two-time defending champion Gabby Mayo of TAMU.
In the mile run, OSU's German Fernandez, the collegiate record holder in the event with his winning time of 3:55.02 in the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships, finished first with a time of 4:06.22. Susa Mihaela, who was part of the Cowgirls' distance medley relay winning team in day one, took home the first OSU women's mile title since 1999 with a time of 4:44.17. Oklahoma State also claimed the men's top two finishers in the 3,000-meter as Thomas Farrell won in 8:00.20, while Fernandez followed with a time of 8:05.15.
In the 1,000-meter, underclassmen Patrick McGregor (2:24.67) and Marielle Hall (2:46.40) claimed the crowns for the Longhorns. Hall is the first women's winner for Texas since 1998 while McGregor finished as the runner-up in the mile event to Fernandez as the UT men have won the event the past four years.
Other notable event winners include Baylor freshman Tiffani McReynolds who claimedthe 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.11. Underclassmen ruled in the women's 600-yard and 800-meter as well with UT's sophomore Kendra Chambers taking the 600 in 1:19.16 and freshman Shanay Briscoe winning the high jump with a score of 1.82m. Continuing the youthful winners, OSU freshman Natalja Piliusina won the 800 in 2:08.47, breaking a streak of seven years in which MU or TTU had prevailed in the event.
The Husker men notched wins in the heptathlon and shot put with Bjorn Barrefors' 5,816 points in the heptathlon breaking a school record and Luke Pinkelman's 65-10.25 (20.07) winning shot put marking the first Husker to win the event since Carl Myerscough (2002-04).
The men's and women's 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships are set for March 11-12 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS:
1. Texas A&M - 134
2. Oklahoma - 106
3. Nebraska - 99.5
4. Texas - 95
5. Texas Tech - 57.5
6. Baylor - 53
7. Oklahoma State - 47
8. Kansas State - 42.5
9. Missouri - 40
10. Iowa State - 24
11. Kansas - 23.5
12. Colorado - 17
1. Nebraska - 115.5
2. Texas A&M - 101
3. Texas - 96.5
4. Texas Tech - 90
5. Oklahoma - 76.5
6. Iowa State - 66.5
7. Baylor - 42
8. Kansas - 40
9. Kansas State - 35
10. Oklahoma State - 30
11. Colorado - 29
12. Missouri - 19
DAY TWO EVENT WINNERS
Heptathlon: Bjorn Barrefors, Nebraska, 5816
High Jump: Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 7-04.25 (2.24m)
Triple Jump: Darrell Roddick, Texas Tech, 53-03.00 (16.23m)
Shot Put: Luke Pinkelman, Nebraska, 65-10.25 (20.07m)
60-meter hurdles: Keiron Stewart, Texas, 7.66
60-meter dash: Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma, 6.59
Mile run: German Fernandez, Oklahoma State, 4:06.22
600-yard run: Tabarie Henry, Texas A&M, 1:08.71
400-meter dash: Gil Roberts, Texas Tech, 46.39
1,000-meter run: Patrick McGregor, Texas, 2:24.67
800-meter run: Joey Roberts, Texas A&M, 1:48.89
200-meter dash: Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma, 20.79
3,000-meter run: Thomas Farrell, Oklahoma State, 8:00.20
4x400 meter relay: Texas A&M, 3:07.14
High Jump: Shanay Briscoe, Texas, 5-11.50 (1.82m)
Triple Jump: Mara Griva, Nebraska, 43-03.75 (13.20)
Shot Put: Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, 57-01.00 (17.40m)
Pole Vault: Natalie Willer, Nebraska, 14.04.00 (4.37m)
60-meter hurdles: Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, 8.11
60-meter dash: Scottesha Miller, Oklahoma, 7.25
Mile run: Mihaela Susa, Oklahoma State, 4:44.17
600-yard run: Kendra Chambers, Texas, 1:19.16
400-meter dash: Jessica Beard, Texas A&M, 51.68
1,000-meter run: Marielle Hall, Texas, 2:46.40
800-meter run: Natalja Piliusina, Oklahoma State, 2:08.47
200-meter dash: Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 22.88
3,000-meter run: Emma Coburn, Colorado, 9:17.46
4x400 meter relay: Texas A&M, 3:32.85
DAY ONE EVENT WINNERS
Weight Throw: KP Singh, Oklahoma, 65-11.75 (20.11m)
Pole Vault: Kyal Meyers, Texas Tech, 17'-04.50" (5.30m)
Long Jump: Marquise Goodwin, Texas, 26-7 (8.10m)
5,000-meter run: Kevin Schwab, Oklahoma, 13:50.31
Distance medley run: Baylor, 9.48.67
Pentathlon: Chante McMillan, Nebraska, 4287
Long Jump: Mara Griva, Nebraska, 20-10.00 (6.35m)
Weight Throw: Kelly Closse, Texas Tech, 66-05.75 (20.26m)
5,000-meter run: Betsy Saina, Iowa State, 16:14.96
Distance medley run: Oklahoma State, 11:09.67