On the heels of the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Conference’s postseason honors have been determined, as selected by the league’s head coaches.
For the first time in school history, Kansas’ Stanley Redwine was named the women’s outdoor Coach of the Year. Redwine earned the indoor honor earlier this year. The Jayhawks won their first outdoor title in school history last weekend in Waco, completing the indoor and outdoor championship sweep.
Redwine’s team has been ranked in the top 5 all season and is currently the No. 1 team in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The honor marks the first time in league history a Kansas coach has taken home the women’s award.
Bubba Thornton (Texas) earned his fifth Coach of the Year title and first since 2006 after leading the Longhorn men to their fifth Big 12 outdoor crown. Thornton also completed the season sweep after leading the Longhorns to the indoor title in February. The Texas men have been ranked in the top 10 nationally all season and currently stand sixth.
TCU’s Charles Silmon collects his second outdoor postseason award as he was named the Oustanding Male Performer of the Year. The senior was also the high point scorer at the meet, as he tallied 22.50 points. He swept the sprint titles, winning the 100 meters and 200 meter while also leading the Frogs to victory in the 4x100-meter relay. Silmon’s 200-meter time of 20.33 is the best in the NCAA this year and is currently the sixth-fastest time in the world this outdoor season. Led by his effort last weekend, TCU jumped to the No. 17 spot in the latest USTFCCCA rankings.
Paris Daniels became the second female Jayhawk to be named Outstanding Female Performer of the Year after claiming victory in the 200 meters, finishing runner-up in the 100-meter dash and anchoring KU’s 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays on their way to victories in each. Daniels earned high point honors at the meet, recording 23 of the Jayhawks’ 83 day three points.
In his first collegiate decathlon, Texas freshman Johannes Hock claimed victory, earning 8,293 points. The mark is the best in the NCAA and second-highest in the world this year. Hock won the hepthalon at the indoor championship and went on to finish sixth in the event at the NCAA meet. The Cologne, Germany, native became the first Longhorn to earn Outstanding Male Freshman of the Year honors since Jamaal Charles accomplished the feat in 2006.
Postseason honors are determined by the league’s track & field head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
The 2013 outdoor season continues with NCAA Regional competition May 23-25. The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Performer of the Year
Men: Charles Silmon, TCU
Women: Paris Daniels, Kansas
2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Outstanding Freshman of the Year
Men: Johannes Hock, Texas
Women: Sara Savatovic, Kansas State
2013 Big 12 Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Men: Kevin Williams, Oklahoma
Women: Meaghan Nelson, Iowa State
2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year
Men: Bubba Thornton, Texas
Women: Stanley Redwine, Kansas