With the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships coming to a close last Sunday, the Conference’s postseason honors have been determined, as selected by the league’s head coaches.
For the first time in school history, Texas Tech’s Wes Kittley was named the men’s outdoor Coach of the Year. Coming off the Red Raiders first Big 12 title since 2005, Texas Tech moved to No. 5 in the latest USTFCCCA poll. Tech posted the third-highest point total in championship history at 160.5.
First year head coach Mario Sategna earned the women’s outdoor Coach of the Year. Sategna served as an assistant coach for the previous 10 years and took the reins this season steering the Longhorns to their first Big 12 indoor and outdoor title sweep since 2006.
Sategna’s team has been ranked in the top five all season and is currently the No. 1 team in the latest poll.
Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka earned the Outstanding Male Performer of the Year after an impressive performance at the championships. Kithuka swept tithe 5,000 and 10,000-meter, posting a facility record performance in the 5k taking down a 31-year old Fuller Track and Field Complex record. Kithuka also claimed another Fuller Track record topping the seven-year old mark in the 10,000-meters.
Texas sophomore Courtney Okolo became the first Longhorn to be named Outstanding Female Performer of the Year since 2005 after claiming victory in the 400m in record fashion. Okolo not only set a meet record, but also eclipsed the collegiate mark with a time of 50.03 seconds. Her time is also first on the 2014 IAAF World performance list.
In his first Big 12 Outdoor Championships, Trayvon Bromell ran the third-fastest all-conditions 100 meters in collegiate history with a Big 12 title-winning and all-conditions world leading 9.77w (+4.2m/s). The freshman also took eighth in the 200-meter dash and helped anchor Baylor’s 4X100-meter relay team to an event title. The performance helped secure Bromell as the Outstanding Male Freshman of the Year.
Texas’ Kendall Baisden was voted the Outstanding Female Freshman of the Year. Baisden placed second in the 400 in a personal-best 50.46, which is the second-best time on the all-time U.S. Juniors performers list.
Postseason honors are determined by the league’s track & field head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
The 2014 outdoor season continues with NCAA Regional competition May 29-31. The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year
Men: Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech
Women: Courtney Okolo, Texas
2014 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Freshman of the Year
Men: Trayvon Bromell, Baylor
Women: Kendall Baisden, Texas
Men: Wes Kittley, Texas Tech
Women: Mario Sategna, Texas