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Texas A&M Sweeps Outdoor Track & Field Championship Titles
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NORMAN, Okla. - For the first time in Big 12 history, the Texas A&M men's and women's outdoor track and field squads have both been crowned champions.

The Aggie women totaled 146 points, the sixth highest winning point total all-time, while the men racked up a Championship-high 175 points. This marks the Aggie women's fifth-straight title (2007-11), while the men claim their second (2001).

It is the fifth time both men's and women's squads have won the titles at the same Championship (1997, 1999, 2000, '03, '06, '11).

Nebraska, the leader the first two days, finished in second with 119 points, while Oklahoma placed third with 117. It is the highest finish all-time for the host Sooners, who placed sixth the past four years. The Huskers earned their second -straight runner-up finish.

On the men's side, Texas collected the runner-up finish with a total of 103.50 points while Oklahoma placed third with 90 points. It marks the best finish for Texas since winning the crown in 2006.

The Aggie women claimed four track event titles, with Jeneba Tarmoh collecting wins in the 100 and 200 meter dashes and aiding the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. She earned the high-point scorer award with her 22.50 point total. Tarmoh defended her crown in both dash events, winning the 100 in a time of 11.25 and taking the 200 with a 22.46 finish. Tarmoh was also part of the winning A&M 4x100 meter relay, which finished in 42.90, the second-fastest winning time in the Championship and raced in the 4x400, which the Aggies won with a time of 3:31.28.

Tarmoh collects the high-point honor for the second-straight year and was also the recipient of the award at the indoor championship. It is the fourth honor for an Aggie female.

The TAMU men also collected a quartet of running crowns along with two field event wins. Demetrius Pinder gave the Aggies back-to-back wins in the 400-meter with a time of 44.8, the fourth-best time in the dash in Championship history. Michael Preble secured the 800-meter run title with a time of 1:47.71. Texas A&M totaled 37 points between the two events. Pinder was also part of the winning 4x100 meter relay team, which clocked a time of 39.04 to give A&M its third 4x1 title in the past three years. The Aggies also secured a 3:02.38 winning time in the 4x400, claiming the event for the second-straight year.

In field events, after Sam Humphreys repeated as the men's javelin champion on day one, Tyron Stewart nailed down the win in the triple jump today with a winning leap of 16.49 (54-01.25). The Aggies have also won that event in consecutive years.

Mookie Salaam's two wins - 200 and 400 meter dash - along with his leg on the 4x100-meter relay gave the junior the Big 12 high point scorer award with 21.25 points. He also claimed the honor at the indoor championship. He is the only Sooner male to claim the distinction.

Salaam claimed the 100-meter dash title with his second-best time of his career, 10.23. Less than an hour later, Salaam took the 200-meter dash title in a time of 20.05. With no tailwind, Salaam's time ranks as the second-fastest in the world behind just the 19.95 run by Jamaica's Nickel Ashmeade. The time leads all U.S. born athletes and breaks a 17-year old OU record held by David Oaks (20.24 - 1994), a 12-year old John Jacobs Track and Field Complex record of 20.08 and a three-year old Big 12 Championship meet record of 20.29 set by Gerald Phiri in 2008.

Mara Griva (Nebraska) established a new stadium record with a mark of 13.81m (45-03.75) in the triple jump. After claiming the long jump title yesterday, she becomes the third all-time to win both crowns at the championship. Griva, a freshman, won the indoor titles in both events as well making her a four-time champion for 2011. The Huskers secured a title in the 1,500 meter run as Ashley Miller finished with a winning time of 4:18.70. Millers win marks just the second time NU has won the event.

Another field event win for NU came with Natalie Willer's crown in the pole vault. Willer entered with the seventh-best mark in the nation and, after winning the event in 2009, secured the fourth win for NU in the event.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Emma Coburn (Colorado) and Hilary Bor (Iowa State) defended their crowns. Coburn recorded a winning time of 9:57.39, while Bor finished in 8:52.11. The junior entered the event with the best time in the Big 12 on the season and now holds the two fastest times in the event all-time. It marked Colorado's third-straight title and fourth overall.

Other Championship highlights included freshman Diamond Dixon (Kansas) edging out three-time defending champion Jessica Beard (Texas A&M) in the women's 400-meter dash. Dixon, who entered the event 15th in the nation, finished in 51.55 followed by Beard, who came in tops in the nation, at 51.68. Dixon's time equaled Beard's nation-leading mark.

The Texas Tech men established two championship records on the day as Omo Osaghae collected the crown in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.23, shattering the previous event-best set at last season's Championship. In the discus, Julian Wruck earned the first award for the Red Raiders in the event with a throw of 63.42 (208-01). The previous Championship-best mark was set in 2004. TTU earned another track title in the men's 400-meter hurdles as Bryce Brown defended his title with a winning time of 49.04.

Joe Bosshard (Colorado) became the first competitor to win the 10,000 and 5,000 meter run as the Buff took the 5,000 title with a Championship record time of 13:50.62. Both his times were new Big 12 records.

With the completion of conference action, qualifying athletes head to NCAA regional competition, May 26-28. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

TEAM STANDINGS:
MEN

1. Texas A&M - 175
2. Texas - 103.5
3. Oklahoma - 90
4. Nebraska - 84.5
5. Texas Tech - 74
6. Kansas - 64
7. Baylor - 57.5
8. Colorado - 52
9. Missouri - 35
10. Iowa State - 34
11. Kansas State - 33
12. Oklahoma State - 15.5

WOMEN
1. Texas A&M - 146
2. Nebraska - 119
3. Oklahoma - 117
4. Texas - 90.5
5. Baylor - 77
6. Iowa State - 60
7. Kansas - 51.5
8. Kansas State - 48
8. Texas Tech - 48
10. Colorado - 38
11. Oklahoma State - 12
11. Missouri - 12

HIGH-POINT SCORERS
Men: Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma, 21.25
Women: Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 22.50

DAY THREE EVENT WINNERS
MEN

Discus: Julian Wruck, Texas Tech, 63.42 (208-01)
Triple Jump: Tyron Stewart, Texas A&M, 16.49m (54-01.25)
4x100m Relay: Texas A&M, 39.04
3,000m Steeplechase: Hilary Bor, Iowa State, 8:52.11
1,500m Run: Tom Farrell, Oklahoma State, 3:43.95
110m Hurdles: Omo Osaghae, Texas Tech, 13.23
400m Dash: Demetrius Pinder, Texas A&M, 44.87
100m Dash: Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma, 10.23
800m Run: Michael Preble, Texas A&M, 1:47.71
400m Hurdles: Bryce Brown, Texas Tech, 49.04
200m Dash: Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma, 20.05
5,000m Run: Joe Bosshard, Colorado, 13:50.62
4x400m Relay: Texas  A&M, 3:20.28

WOMEN
High Jump: Shanay Briscoe, Texas, 1.81m
Triple Jump: Mara Griva, Nebraska, 13.81m (45-03.75)
Discus: Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, 55.02m (180-06)
Pole Vault: Natalie Willer, Nebraska, 4.33m (14-02.50)
4x100m Relay: Texas A&M, 42.90
3,000m Steeplechase: Emma Coburn, Colorado, 9:57.39
1,500m Run: Ashley Miller, Nebraska, 4:18.70
100m Hurdles: Tiffani McReynolds, Baylor, 12.98
400m Dash: Diamond Dixon, Kansas, 51.55
100m Dash: Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 11.25
800m Run: Natalja Piliusina, Oklahoma State, 2:05.57
400m Hurdles: Ryann Krais, Kansas State, 56.07
200m Dash: Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 22.46
5,000m Run: Betsy Saina, Iowa State, 16:06.05
4x400m Relay: Texas A&M, 3:31.28


DAY TWO EVENT WINNERS
MEN

Decathlon: Lars Rise, Missouri, 7808
Long Jump: Marquise Goodwin, Texas, 8.17 (26-09.75)
Shot Put: Mason Finley, Kansas, 19.63 (64-05.00)
High Jump: Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 2.27 (7-05.25)
Pole Vault: Jordan Scott, Kansas 5.38 (17-07.75)

WOMEN
Heptathlon: Chante McMillan, Nebraska, 5951
Long Jump: Mara Griva, Nebraska, 6.70 (21-11.75)
Shot Put: Ifeatu Okafor, Texas Tech, 17.77 (58-03.75)

DAY ONE EVENT WINNERS
MEN
Javelin: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 238-03 (72.63)
Hammer Throw: K.P. Singh, Oklahoma, 211-06 (64.46)
10,000 meter run: Joe Bosshard, Colorado, 28:52.85

WOMEN
Javelin: Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, 163-08 (49.90)
Hammer Throw: Victoria Zimmerman, Nebraska, 197-09 (60.28)
10,000 meter run: Jessica Engel, Oklahoma, 33:42.11

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