The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2013 indoor track and field postseason honors, as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Coming off Oklahoma State’s first Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship, Dave Smith earned the men’s Coach of the Year honor. Smith has received the award for cross country six-straight years but this is his first career indoor track and field honor. On the women’s side, first year head coach Mario Sategna won the award after leading Texas to its first conference championship since 2006. The Longhorns are currently ranked No. 6 nationally.
Kirubel Erassa (Oklahoma State) claimed the men’s Outstanding Performer of the Year after accumulating 30 points at the Big 12 Championships. The senior claimed the 5,000 meter title on Friday and followed up with his second and third titles on Saturday, first winning the one mile run with a time of 4:15.94. Erassa then returned to the track to win the 3,000-meter run, with a championship record-setting time of 7:53.53. Erassa was named the high-point men’s scorer at the Big 12 Championships.
Marielle Hall (Texas) took home the women’s Outstanding Performer of the Year award after claiming a victory in the one mile run (4:41.78) and the 3,000 meter run (9:15.57) at the Big 12 Championships. Hall’s 20 points helped lead the Longhorns to the title.
Outstanding Freshman of the Year honors went to Kendall Baisden (Texas) and Tyreek Hill (Oklahoma State). Baisden earned three top five finishes in the 200 meter (fifth), 400 meter (fourth) and helped the Longhorns to a second place finish in the 4x400 meter relay. Hill finished first in the 200 meter and missed out on first place in the 400 meter by .003 to finish second.
2014 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year
MEN: Kirubel Erassa, Oklahoma State
WOMEN: Marielle Hall, Texas
2014 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Outstanding Freshman of the Year
MEN: Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State
WOMEN: Kendall Baisden, Texas
2014 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year
MEN: Dave Smith, Oklahoma State
WOMEN: Mario Sategna, Texas