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Nebraska Men, Texas A&M Women Capture Big 12 Track & Field Titles
May 17, 2009

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Lubbock, Texas The Nebraska men’s team and Texas A&M women’s squad captured the 2009 Big 12 track & field championships on Sunday at Terry & Linda Fuller Track on the Texas Tech University campus. The Huskers totaled 148 points for their first men’s team win since 2002, while the Aggies earned 126.5 for their third consecutive title.

Texas A&M’s Gerald Phiri was honored as the men’s high point performer after an outstanding weekend with three event wins. The sophomore finished first in the 100-meter dash (10.35), 200-meter dash (20.72) and 4x100 relay for a total of 22.5 points.

The women’s high point performer award was presented to Krishna Lee of Missouri. The senior won her first title in the hammer throw on Friday with a toss of 209-3 (63.77m) and also placed second in the shot put and sixth in discus for a sum of 21 points.

Oklahoma State’s German Fernandez had a multi-win performance on Sunday in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs. The freshman clocked times of 3:42.80 and 14:21.05, respectively, for both titles.

In the field events, Destinee Hooker of Texas earned her third high jump championship in four seasons, establishing a meet record of 6-4 3/4 (1.95m). Hooker’s record is also the finest showing by any collegiate higher jumper during the 2009 season. 

A&M’s Yasmine Regis captured her second straight women’s triple jump title, posting a mark of 44-0 (13.41m). Oklahoma’s Will Claye picked up the men’s triple jump title with a meet-record mark of 55-9 1/2 (17.01m). He and TAMU’s Julian Reid (54-9 1/4, 16.69m) both surpassed the previous record of 54-4 3/4 (16.58m) set by Shardae Boutte at last year’s conference championship.

Brandin Williams of Colorado claimed the men’s javelin, recording a 222-1 (67.70m), followed by Laura Asimakis in the women’s event with a 157-11 (48.13m).

In the women’s pole vault, Natalie Willer (Nebraska) was victorious with a vault of 13-11 1/2 (4.25m). Willer previously won the Big 12 indoor pole vault competition in February.

Texas Tech captured both the men’s and women’s shot put titles, first with Harrison Benjamin’s mark of 62-1 3/4 (18.94m). Patience Knight recorded a throw of 54-3 1/4 (16.54m) to take her second consecutive women’s crown.

The running events were highlighted by Texas A&M clinching both 4x100 relays. The Aggie men (Phiri, Tran Howell, Chris Dykes and Justin Oliver) posted a 38.86 showing to repeat as champions. TAMU’s women’s team of Khrystal Carter, Porscha Lucas, Dominique Duncan and Gabby Mayo notched a 42.97 for their third straight title.

Defending champion Jessica Beard (Texas A&M) narrowly won the women’s 400-meter dash in 51.525 seconds, edging Oklahoma’s Leslie Cole (51.528). On the men’s side, Gil Roberts of Texas Tech ran a 44.86, the top mark in the NCAA this season, to finish first.

The women’s 100-meter dash field featured a showdown of the top four sprinters in the nation: No. 1 Alexandria Anderson (Texas), No. 2 Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M), No. 3 Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) and No. 4 Gabby Mayo (Texas A&M). Anderson prevailed, posting a top time of 11:25. Mayo went on to claim the 100-meter hurdles title in 13.22, and Lucas (22.92) defended her 200-meter dash crown from a year ago in a close showing ahead of Townsend (22.93) and Anderson (22.24).

Texas Tech picked up a win in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, as Omoghan Osaghae earned the Red Raiders’ fifth consecutive title in the event with a time of 13.65. He joins the ranks of TTU’s Shawon Harris, who was the 2008 champion, and Marlon Odom, who won three straight crowns from 2005-07.

Adam Dailey (Nebraska) nabbed the Huskers’ first 400-meter hurdles title since 2006 in 50.96 seconds, followed by teammate Lehann Fourie (51.22) for runner-up honors. For the women, Sandra Iwunze of Texas Tech won the second 400 hurdles crown of her career with a mark of 58.20.

Tevan Everett of Texas posted a time of 1:48.88 to win the men’s 800-meter run, while Missouri earned points with Shannon Leinert’s top finish in the women’s race (2:07.29). Erin Bedell of Baylor contributed a win for the Bears with a 4:22.03 in the women’s 1,500-meter run. Lisa Koll (Iowa State) took home her second title of the weekend with a time of 16:33.12 in the 5,000-meter run, following her win in the 10,000 on Friday night.

Colorado’s Jenny Barringer breezed to a meet record of 9:58.14 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing ahead of the field by 31 seconds in her first steeplechase appearance since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jake Morse of Texas won the men’s steeplechase in 8:59.62.

In the final events of the night, Baylor swept the men’s and women’s 4x400 relays. The BU women’s team -- comprised of Katrina Taylor, Tiffany Townsend, Brittany Bruce and Diamond Richardson -- finished first with a time of 3:33.66. The Bears then added a men’s win in 3:04.93 from Zwede Hewitt, Michael Liggins, J.T. Scheuerman and Quentin Iglehart-Summers, achieving their 12th straight 4x400 championship.

With conference action completed, qualifying athletes will move on to NCAA regional competition, May 29-30. The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.

1. Nebraska (148), 2. Texas A&M (126), 3. Texas (83.5), 4. Texas Tech (75), Missouri (74), 6. Kansas State (71), 7. Baylor (54), 8. Oklahoma State (53), 9. Oklahoma (43), Iowa State (43), 11. Colorado (34), Kansas (12.5)

1. Texas A&M (126.5), 2. Texas Tech (111), 3. Nebraska (109.5), 4. Baylor (84), 5. Texas (79), 6. Oklahoma (76), 7. Iowa State (62), Missouri (62), 9. Kansas State (39), Kansas (29), Oklahoma State (22), Colorado (19)

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