For the second-straight season, Texas A&M's Pat Henry was named the men's Coach of the Year. In his eighth year at the helm of the program, Henry led the Aggie men to their second consecutive indoor and outdoor championship sweep. TAMU produced seven winning efforts on the final day of the championships to edge out Texas for the team crown. His men's squad enters the NCAA Championships as the three-time defending champion.
Beverly Kearney (Texas) earned her seventh Coach of the Year title after leading the Longhorn women to their seventh Big 12 crown. Kearney's squad broke a five-year Aggie winning streak with this year's team victory. The UT ladies have been ranked in the top nine nationally all season, sitting in the No. 1 spot on one occasion.
Prezel Hardy, Jr., (Texas A&M) collects his second outdoor postseason award as he was named the Outstanding Male Performer of the Year. The sophomore was also the high point scorer at the meet, as he tallied 22.50 points. He swept the sprint titles with a windy 10.03 in the 100 meters and a career-best 20.33 in the 200 meters, while also anchoring the Aggies' 4x100-meter relay to a victory in 39.00. The Killeen,Texas-native earned Outstanding Freshman of the Year accolades last season.
In her first 10,000-meters race of her career, Natosha Rogers (Texas A&M) snagged the outdoor title, winning the race in a time of 34:18.66. The junior went on to capture the 5,000-meters crown with a mark of 15:57.17. Rogers became the fifth Aggie to be named Outstanding Female Performer. The five accolades are the most female performer honors by a school.
Michael Stigler became the third male Jayhawk to be named Outstanding Freshman of the Year (Mason Finley, 2010; Jordan Scott, 2007) after running a head-turning 400-meter hurdles time of 49.45, making him the medalist. His mark moved him to No. 4 in the NCAA this year and gave him an automatic trip to the Olympic Trials in June. The Canyon, Texas-native's win marked the first Big 12 title on the track for the Jayhawk men since 2003.
Kearsten Peoples is the first Missouri female to earn the Big 12's freshman superlative. The Ottawa, Kan.-native broke two school records at the outdoor championship as she nabbed a title in the discus and a runner-up finish in the shot put. Her discus hurl of 178-5 (54.38m) set a personal record, while the first-year Tiger also bettered the all-time Mizzou mark in the shot put for the third time this season with her 57-11 (17.65m) second-place toss.
Postseason honors are determined by the league's 11 track & field head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
The 2012 outdoor season continues with NCAA Regional competition May 24-26. The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year
Men: Prezel Hardy, Jr., Texas A&M
Women: Natosha Rogers, Texas A&M
2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Freshman of the Year
Men: Michael Stigler, Kansas
Women: Kearsten Peoples, Missouri
2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year
Men: Pat Henry, Texas A&M
Women: Beverly Kearney, Texas