Kansas State’s Christoff Bryan and Texas Tech’s Hannah Carson have been named the Big 12 Track and Field Athletes of the Week. It is the first weekly honor for either athlete in 2016, however, Bryan was named the 2015 Big 12 Outstanding Male Freshman and Carson earned the 2015 Big 12 Female Performer of the Year as well as two weekly honors. Additionally, Carson was named the National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for her efforts this week.
BIG 12 TRACK & FIELD MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Christoff Bryan, Kansas State, High Jump, So., Kingston, Jamaica
In his first competition of the outdoor season, Bryan recorded a dominate jump of 2.25m/7-04.50 to finish first in the event. The mark is good for second-best in the league this year heading into the conference meet. He is also tied for sixth place on the school’s all-time best list. The mark is also tied for the second-best jump in the NCAA in 2016, trailing only last week’s big 12 Athlete of the Week, Trey Culver from Texas Tech.
BIG 12 TRACK & FIELD FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Hannah Carson, Texas Tech, Javelin/Discus, Sr., Chandler, Ariz.
Carson did something that has never been done before in collegiate history on Friday in Lubbock. Already leading the NCAA in the javelin (60.42m/198-3), Carson stepped into the ring with one attempt left in the discus and unleashed a monstrous heave of 61.97m/203-4. The mark shattered the school record and propelled her up to No. 2 in the NCAA, No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 16 in the World in 2016. It also gave her the Olympic standard (61.00m). The throw made her the first woman in collegiate history to break the 60-meter barrier in both the javelin and discus in the same NCAA career. Carson took it a step further and accomplished that feat in the same season. She also picked up her sixth win of the season in the javelin at the Masked Rider Open, hitting a distance of 54.48m/178-9. Carson is the No. 3 all-time collegiate and No. 5 all-time U.S. performer in the javelin, after tossing it to 60.42m/198-3 earlier this season. She owned all of the school’s top 10 marks in the Texas Tech record books before the 2016 season started, and has added three this season, along with three in the discus as well.
2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
|March 23||Ronnie Baker, TCU, 100m, Sr.||Julia Reedy, Oklahoma, Hammer, Sr.|
|Asa Garcia, Texas, Triple Jump, Fr.|
|March 30||Charles Brown, Texas Tech, Jumps, Fr.||Ariel Jones, Texas, 400m Hurdles, So.|
|April 6||Ronnie Baker, TCU, 100m, Sr.||Morolake Akinosun, Texas, Sprints, Sr.|
|April 13||Wil London, Baylor, Sprints, Fr.||Taylor Bennett, Baylor, Sprints, Fr.|
|April 20||AJ Bailey Jr., Texas, Sprints, Jr.||Akela Jones, Kansas State, Pentathlon, Sr.|
|April 27||Byron Robinson, Texas, Hurdles, Jr.||Courtney Okolo, Texas, Sprints, Sr.|
|May 3||Trey Culver, Texas Tech, Jr.||Daina Levy, Kansas, Sr.|
|May 10||Christoff Bryan, Kansas State, So.||Hannah Carson, Texas Tech, Sr.|