The Red Raider men racked up a two-day total of 48 points to take over the top spot at the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while the Kansas women moved to first with 48 total points heading into the final day of competition.
After claiming a title on Saturday along with three second-place finishes, Texas Tech jumped up two spots in the team standings. The Red Raiders sit three points ahead of Kansas State. Texas has recorded 39 total marks through two days, holding on to third place, while Oklahoma trails in fourth with 32. Oklahoma State sits in fifth with 30 points. Iowa State (19), Baylor (10), Kansas (8) and TCU (3) round out the standings.
The long jump title went to Texas Tech’s Shujaa Benson, who leapt 7.84m (25-08.75) to win the back-to-back crowns for the Red Raiders after Bryce Lamb’s victory in 2013. Benson topped teammate Jerome Wilson by .02m, marking the first time since 2003 teammates have finished one and two in the long jump.
Texas’ Ryan Crouser broke his own Big 12 Championships record with a toss of 21.39m (70-2.25) in the shot put. The junior has claimed a total of four shot put titles the indoor and outdoor Big 12 Championships combined.
Wildcat senior Devin Dick claimed victory in the decathlon, scoring 7,992 points. The effort is a personal record for Dick. With the win, he completes the season sweep of the multi-events as he also took the heptathlon crown at the indoor championships earlier this year.
On the women’s side, Kansas moved up four spots from Friday to sit atop the standings. The Jayhawks have a three-point advantage over Kansas State (45). In third is Texas Tech with 36 points, while Iowa State sits in fourth-place with 35. Oklahoma follows in fifth with 25 points. Baylor (20), Texas (20), Oklahoma State (17), TCU (15) and West Virginia (127) complete the standings through two days of competition.
Kaitlin Petrillose (Texas) cranked out another impressive pole vault performance. The junior set the Big 12 record at 4.42m (14-06.00). She swept the event taking the crown at the indoor champions while setting a record too. Petrillose is ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The Jayhawks recorded a title win in the heptathlon as Lindsay Vollmer recorded 5,786 points to claim the victory. Vollmer is now the back-to-back Big 12 champion and will look to earn consecutive titles on the national stage at the NCAA Championships.
K-State’s Erica Twiss edged out Kansas’ Sydney Conley on her final attempt to win the women’s Big 12 long jump title. Conley recorded a 6.29m (20-07.75) mark on her final attempt to secure the lead. However, Twiss did one better by setting the winning mark at 6.30m (20-08.00).
Iowa State’s junior Christina Hillman captured the Big 12 outdoor shot put title, breaking the Fuller Track & Field Complex record in the process. The reigning NCAA indoor champion threw 17.59m (57-08.50) on her third attempt to sweep both conference titles in the event this season.
The final day of the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins Sunday at 11 a.m. CT with the men’s discus. Track finals get underway at 5:30 p.m. with the 4x100m women’s relay and conclude with the men’s 4x400m relay scheduled for 9:25 p.m.