Fort Worth, Texas - The final day of the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship saw the Texas Longhorns’ men and women blaze around the track, winning 9 of 22 races on the day, en route to their second consecutive Big 12 Championship sweep.
The double-repeat in the outdoor championship is the first by any school in league history. The two Big 12 Outdoor titles are the seventh all time for the men, 10th for the women, and it is the sixth time that they have each claimed the title in the same season.
Additionally, the women have won three-consecutive Big 12 Championships at both the indoor and outdoor meets (six total). The men have taken five out of the last six, finishing second by just 1.5 points to Oklahoma State this past spring at the indoor championship. The 10 women’s and seven men’s outdoor titles by UT are the most of any school in the conference.
The Texas men pulled out the victory with 134 points overall, topping second place Kansas (116 points) by 18 points. 99 of the men’s points were scored on the meet’s final day.
Texas Tech’s men came in third with 112 points and Oklahoma also broke the century mark with 103 points while finishing fourth. Kansas State (94 points), Oklahoma State (84 points), Baylor (64 points), Iowa State (59 points) and TCU (49 points) finished fifth through 10th, respectively.
The UT women posted an impressive 167.7 points on the way to their third-consecutive outdoor championship. The ‘Horns knocked off second-place Oklahoma (137.5 points) by 30.2 points. The 167.7 points are the most by a women’s squad in the championship since UT put up 188.0 in 2003.
Kansas State finished third with 112 points despite not having 2016 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year Akela Jones on the meet’s final day due to an ankle injury. Kansas scored 82.4 points to come in fourth and Texasd Tech landed in fifth with 81 overall points. Oklahoma State (74 points), Iowa State (57 points), Baylor (52.2 points), West Virginia (30.2 points) and TCU (19 points) rounded out the field.
Texas’ Bailey Aldrich Jr. earned the men’s high-point award with 20.5 points by virtue of a win in the 200-meters (10 points), second place in the 400-meters (8 points) and a win in the 4x100-meter relay (2.5 points). He is the first Longhorn to take home the high-point honor at the outdoor meet since Brian Robison in 2006.
The women’s high point award went to Texas’ Morolake Akinosun, who scored 22.5 points overall. Akinosun finished first in the 100-meters (10 points), 200m-meters (10 points) and the 4x100-meter relay (2.5 points). The senior from Aurora, Illinois took home the high-point honor at the 2014 outdoor championship as well.
Also on the final day, Oklahoma’s Avione Allgood set a new Big 12 meet record in the women’s javelin with a toss of 192’11,” besting the previous mark by over ten feet (182’10” by Kayla Wilkinson of Nebraska in 2008).
TCU’s Ronnie Baker entered the 100-meter dash final as the 2015 and 2016 indoor 60m national champion and owner of the fastest NCAA outdoor 100-meter time in 2016. With his home fans rooting him on, Baker did not disappoint, dashing to a 10.15 second, first-place finish.
The three-day meet concluded with the Oklahoma women and Kansas men grabbing victories in the 4x400-meter relay on their way to second-place finishes overall in the team standings. The OU women crossed the line in 3:35.35 and the Jayhawk men narrowly edged out Baylor by 0.05 seconds, finishing in 3:05.73.
NCAA Preliminary Round Competition takes place May 26-28 in either Jacksonville, Florida (East Preliminary) or Lawrence, Kansas (West Preliminary). The individual event student-athletes and relay teams accepted into Preliminary Round competition will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to Preliminary Round competition. Continue to check Big12Sports.com for updates on conference athletes competing throughout the remainder of NCAA competition.
Women's Team Scores
1 Texas 167.7
2 Oklahoma 137.5
3 Kansas State 112
4 Kansas 82.4
5 Texas Tech 81
6 Oklahoma State 74
7 Iowa State 57
8 Baylor 52.2
9 West Virginia 30.2
10 TCU 19
Men's Team Scores
1 Texas 134
2 Kansas 116
3 Texas Tech 112
4 Oklahoma 103
5 Kansas State 94
6 Oklahoma State 84
7 Baylor 64
8 Iowa State 59
9 TCU 49