After three days of competition, the Texas Tech men and Texas women claimed the crowns at the 2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It is the Red Raiders first title since 2005 when they took the crown in Manhattan, Kansas. The Longhorn women completed the season sweep, claiming the outdoor and indoor titles for the first time since 2006.
Texas Tech compiled 160.5 total points to secure a 35.5-point victory over Texas. Oklahoma State came in third with 96 points. Baylor garnered fourth place after recording 93 points, while Oklahoma ended the championship in fifth (90 points). Kansas State claimed sixth, racking up 83 points. Kansas (67), TCU (51) and Iowa State (50.50) rounded out the men’s standings.
For the women, placing second was Baylor with 113.50 points, 35.5-points behind Texas’ 149. Texas Tech trailed in third (109.50), while Kansas finished with 100.50 total points to place fourth. K-State rounded out the top five with 93 points. Iowa State (83), Oklahoma State (54), TCU (45), West Virginia (40.50) and Oklahoma (28) completed the women’s final team standings.
Texas Tech junior Kole Weldon earned high point honors on the men’s side as he tallied second-place finishes in the hammer, shot put and discus. Weldon is the first Red Raider to take home the honor and his 24 total points are the most since Kansas’ Sheldon Battle’s 28 points in 2005.
On the women’s side, Texas sprinter Morolake Akinosun came away with high point honors by winning the 100-meter, 200-meter and ran leadoff for the first-place 4x100m relay team. The impressive performance earned the sophomore 22.50 points. Akinosun is the first Longhorn to take home the trophy since Marshevet Hook took the title in 2005 and 2006.
Texas Tech’s Bradley Adkins took the high jump title clearing 2.21m (7-03.00). The Red Raiders used the high jump to clear some room in the standings with Tech’s Jacorian Duffield finishing second and Dayton Fisher tied for third. Texas Tech recorded 23.50 points in the event. It marks the first time in league history a team has taken the top-three spots in the event.
Kennedy Kithuka (Texas Tech) added another title to the resume on Sunday with a dominating performance in the 5,000m. Kithuka set a stadium record clocking a time of 13:54.46, finishing nearly 50 seconds ahead of second-place Shadrack Kipchirchir (Oklahoma State).
Longhorn sophomore Ryan Crouser set another Big 12 record on day three. Crouser, who set the record in the shot put on day two, tossed the discus 63.90m (209-08) on his first attempt to claim the title and record.
Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell took home the gold in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 9.77. Although the times do not go down in the Big 12 record book, due to the wind, four runners finished under the championship record time of 10.03.
The Longhorn women sent 14 qualifiers to the finals in the 100 meters, 200, 400 and 400m hurdles and claimed victory in each of the events.
Texas’ Shanay Briscoe won her fourth Big 12 outdoor high jump title in as many years and her third conference season sweep following a victory at the 2014 indoor meet (also 2011 and 2013). She became the first female high jumper to win four straight Big 12 outdoor titles.
Marielle Hall (Texas) won the 1,500 meters to set a new stadium record at 4:20.82. It is her fourth Big 12 title of the 2013-14 academic year.
The Longhorns most dominating performance of the day was the 400m. Texas’ Courtney Okolo set a collegiate, Big 12 and stadium record posting an incredible time of 50.03. UT’s Kendall Baisden and Brianna Nelson finished second and third, respectively.
Kansas’ Jessica Maroszek broke a Big 12 record in the women’s discus launching the disc 60.18m (197-05).
Up next for the Big 12 teams will be the NCAA Preliminary Rounds held May 29-31.
FINAL TEAM Standings
1. Texas Tech, 160.50 points
2. Texas, 125 points
3. Oklahoma State, 96 points
4. Baylor, 93 points
5. Oklahoma, 90 points
6. Kansas State, 83 points
7. Kansas, 67 points
8. TCU, 51 points
9. Iowa State, 50.50 points
1. Texas, 149 points
2. Baylor, 113.50, points
3. Texas Tech, 109.50 points
4. Kansas, 100.50 points
5. Kansas State, 93 points
6. Iowa State, 83 points
7. Oklahoma State, 54 points
8. TCU, 45 points
9. West Virginia, 40.50 points
10. Oklahoma, 30 points