For the first time since March 25, 2008, a relay team has been selected as the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week. The Texas 4x400-meter relay team (Briana Nelson, Courtney Okolo, Kendall Baisden, Ashley Spencer) earned the award after an impressive performance at the Penn Relays. Michael Stigler (Kansas) has earned the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Week honor for the second-straight week.
Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Male Athletes of the Week
Michael Stigler, Kansas, Jr., Canyon, Texas
Stigler extended his unbeaten streak to five in the 400-meter hurdles this season as he claimed the event title at the Drake Relays Saturday. Stigler clocked in at 49.47, his second-fastest of the year and third-fastest of his career. Stigler now owns the top two times in Division I in 2014 and has won nine of his last 13 400m-hurdle races versus collegians, dating back to last year.
The win Saturday also marked a successful Texas-Kansas-Drake Triple Crown for the junior, as he won the event at the Texas Relays, Kansas Relays and Drake Relays all in the same year, a feat which has only been done two other times in the event and not since 1985.
Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week
Texas 4x400-meter Relay Team
(Briana Nelson, Courtney Okolo, Kendall Baisden, Ashley Spencer)
The foursome of Nelson, Okolo, Baisden and Spencer continued its strong 2014 season by cruising to victory in Saturday’s 4x400m relay final in 3:25.05 at the Penn Relays. That was not only a meet record, but also the fourth-best time in outdoor collegiate history and second in the UT record book.
The quartet, which came into the meet with a nation-leading time of 3:26.38 (No. 9 in collegiate history and posted at last month’s Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays), finished ahead of second-place Oregon by nearly five seconds (3:29.82). Texas A&M was third in 3:29.96.
The Longhorns won the women’s 4x400 at the Penn Relays for the 11th time, the most in meet history.
2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week
|March 26||Trayvon Bromell, Baylor, Fr.||Ese Okoro, Iowa State, Sr.|
|Liz Herrs, Oklahoma, So.|
|Le’Tristan Pledger, Texas Tech, So.|
|April 2||Trayvon Bromell, Baylor, Fr.||Lindsay Vollmer, Kansas, Jr.|
|April 9||Reinis Kregers, K-State, So.||Marielle Hall, Texas, Sr.|
|April 16||Carlos Rodriguez, K-State, Sr.||Courtney Okolo, Texas, So.|
|April 23||Michael Stigler, Kansas, Jr.||Sydney Conley, Kansas, So.|
|Ryan Crouser, Texas, Jr.|
|Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, Sr.|
|April 30||Michael Stigler, Kansas, Jr.||Texas 4x400-meter Relay Team|
|(Briana Nelson, Courtney Okolo, Kendall Baisden, Ashley Spencer)|