Texas Tech’s JaCorian Duffield and Texas’ Ashley Spencer were named the Big 12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week. Duffield broke his own school record in the high jump while Spencer set national marks in the 400-meter and 200-meter.
Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Male Athlete of the Week
JaCorian Duffield, Texas Tech, Jr., Schertz, Texas
Duffield broke his own school record Saturday at the Red Raider Open where he cleared a lifetime best 2.27-meters (7-feet 5.25 inches) on his first attempt.
The clearance improves upon his previous Big 12-leading and school record mark of 2.23-meters (7’-3.75”) and came after clearing 2.24m (7’-4.25”) on the second attempt. Duffield’s effort moves him to No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 8 on the current 2014 IAAF World Rankings where he is fifth among all U.S. high jumpers.
He is one of just two Big 12 high jumpers (Erik Kynard – K-State) to clear 7-5 or higher outdoors in at least the last five seasons (Since 2010).
Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Female Athlete of the Week
|Ashley Spencer, Texas, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana
Spencer posted two of the top times in the nation at Saturday’s Longhorn Invitational. Competing in her first open 400 meters of the outdoor season, the two-time defending NCAA champion in the event clocked the second-fastest time in the nation by easily winning in 51.41.
A little more than one hour later, Spencer posted the top 200-meter time on the 2014 NCAA performers chart. The junior finished in 22.69 (w3.10), the top collegian in the 47-woman field. Only Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings had a faster time (22.55w), with each running in the opening heat.
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)|
|May 7||JaCorian Duffield, Texas Tech, Jr.||Ashley Spencer, Texas, Jr.|