Texas Men, Kansas Women Take Over Lead at Big 12 Outdoor Championships
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          Release: 05/12/2012
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The Longhorn men racked up a day two-leading 55 points to take over the top spot at the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while the Kansas women moved to first with 53.5 total points heading into the final day of competition.

After claiming titles in three events on Saturday, Texas jumped seven spots in the team standings. The Longhorns sit 22 points ahead of host school Kansas State. Oklahoma has recorded 24 total marks through two days, holding on to third place, while Texas A&M trails in fourth with 23. Oklahoma State and Missouri are knotted up in fifth with 22 points apiece. Kansas (21), Iowa State (17), Texas Tech (6) and Baylor (1) round out the standings.

UT's Marquise Goodwin captured his third-straight outdoor long jump title with a personal record leap of 26-10.50 (8.19m). The junior has now tabbed five Big 12 long jump crowns as he earned his second consecutive indoor honor in February. He is the only men's athlete in league history to sweep the indoor and outdoor titles in the same year twice.

Teammate Isaac Murphy registered his first title in the decathlon, scoring 7,642 points. He is the fourth Longhorn to win the event at the Big 12 Championships, and first since 2008.

In the shot put, Jacob Thormaehlen gave Texas its first outdoor crown since 2006. He tossed a personal-best 66-07.75 (20.31m) to give him the A qualifying mark for the Olympic Trials. He is the only collegiate thrower to go over 20 meters this season as his mark is the ninth best in school history. The shot put produced 23 team points for UT as four throwers were in the top 10. Hayden Baillio was third, Will Spence finished fourth and Ryan Crouser ended up seventh.

On the women's side, KU crept up two spots from Friday to sit atop the standings. The Jayhawks have a 15-point advantage over reigning outdoor champion Texas A&M (38.50). In third is Oklahoma with 36 points, while Iowa State and Missouri share the fourth-place spot (28). Kansas State follows in sixth with 25 points. Texas (24), Baylor (19), Texas Tech (18) and Oklahoma State (3) complete the standings through two days of competition.

The Jayhawks recorded a title win in the long jump as Francine Simpson set a new meet and facility record with her leap of 21-10.75 (6.67m). Simpson is the first KU female athlete to garner the outdoor long jump crown as she completes a sweep of the event for the 2012 season.

Junior Natasha Masterson became the first Texas athlete to win the Big 12 outdoor pole vault championship with her height of 13-06.50 (4.13m).

Kansas State's Ryann Krais became just the second female Wildcat to capture the outdoor title in the heptathlon as she totaled 5,661 points. The senior is the reigning NCAA champion in the event.

Oklahoma junior Tia Brooks won her first Big 12 outdoor shot put title, breaking the Big 12 meet and R.V. Christian Track records in the process. Brooks threw 59-9.50 (18.22m) on her second and final attempts to sweep the conference indoor and outdoor titles in the event. She is the national leader in the event and is the 10th league female, and second Sooner, to sweep the conference titles in the shot put.

The final day of the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins Sunday at 1 p.m. CT with field events. Track finals get underway at 3 p.m. and conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay scheduled for 6:40 p.m.

DAY TWO TEAM LEADERS
MEN

1. Texas, 60 points
2. Kansas State, 38 points
3. Oklahoma, 24 points

WOMEN
1. Kansas, 53.50 points
2. Texas A&M, 38.50 points
3. Oklahoma, 36 points

DAY TWO EVENT WINNERS
MEN

Decathlon: Isaac Murphy, Texas A&M, 7,642
Long Jump: Marquise Goodwin, Texas, 26-10.5 (18.19m)
Shot Put: Jacob Thormaehlen, Texas, 66-7.75 (20.31m)

WOMEN
Heptathlon: Ryann Krais, Kansas State, 5,661 points
Long Jump: Francine Simpson, Kansas, 21-10.75 (6.67m)
Shot Put: Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, 59-9.50 (18.22m)
Pole Vault: Natasha Masterson, Texas, 13-6.50 (4.13m)

 

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