Texas duo Ryan Crouser and Kaitlin Petrillose have been named Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week. Crouser picks up his second weekly award this season and Petrillose claims her first weekly award.
Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Male Athlete of the Week
Ryan Crouser, Texas, So., Boring, Ore.
Crouser shattered the school record in the shot put Saturday at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic which featured athletes from 24 other schools, as well as post-collegians.
Crouser cemented his status as the favorite for the 2014 national indoor title for the 18th-ranked Texas men with one of the top performances in the world this year. The sophomore beat the 19-man shot put field by nearly four feet and the UT record by more than two feet with his winning toss of 69 feet, 8 inches (21.23m), a mark which ranks No. 4 on the 2014 world performers list. Crouser missed the top 10 of all-time collegiate indoor performers list by 1/4 inch. Sorem Tolheim of BYU ranks 10th with his toss of 69-8 1/4 inches (21.14m) at the 1985 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The sophomore entered the meet with the second-best mark in the nation at 67 feet (20.42m), which he posted two weeks ago in the Cherry and Silver Collegiate.
He broke Jacob Thormaehlen’s school record of 67-3 1/4 (20.50m) set at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Crouser moves to No. 1 on the 2014 collegiate performers list with Stephen Mozia of Cornell now a distant second at 67-4 (20.52m).
Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week
Kaitlin Petrillose, Texas, Jr., Round Rock, Texas
Petrillose smashed her own UT pole vault mark and entered the collegiate record book Saturday at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.
Petrillose cruised to victory in the 26-woman pole vault field with a clearance of 14 feet, 7 1/4 inches (4.45m). That height easily passed her previous indoor school record of 14-2 1/4 set in winning the title at the 2013 Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa. Petrillose also moved to the top of the 2014 NCAA leaderboard with a mark that ranks tied for eighth on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list.
2014 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
|Jan.22||JaCorian Duffield, Texas Tech, Jr.||Lindsay Vollmer, Kansas, Jr.|
|Jan. 29||Felix Obi, Baylor, So.||Diamond Dixon, Kansas, Sr.|
|Ryan Crouser, Texas, So.|
|Feb.5||Devin Dick, K-State, Sr.||Natalia Bartnovskaya, Kansas, Sr.|
|Feb. 12||Ryan Crouser, Texas, So.||Kaitlin Petrillose, Texas, Jr.|