The Longhorn men racked up a two-day total of 60.5 points to take over the top spot at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, while the Kansas women moved to first with 53 total points heading into the final day of competition.
After claiming titles in two events on Saturday, Texas jumped up a spot in the team standings. The Longhorns sit 17.5 points ahead of Kansas State. Texas Tech has recorded 39.5 total marks through two days, holding on to third place, while Oklahoma trails in fourth with 37. Iowa State sits in fifth with 18.5 points. Oklahoma State (17), Baylor (9), Kansas (7.5) and TCU (2) round out the standings.
Kansas State senior Erik Kynard captured his third-straight outdoor high jump title, clearing a height of 7-6.50” (2.30m). Kynard currently holds the best mark in the world this outdoor season with a mark of 7- 8.0” (2.34m) at the Mt. SAC Relays. He has now tabbed six Big 12 high jump crowns as he earned his third consecutive indoor honor in February. Kynard is the first men’s high jumper in league history to win three outdoor high jump titles.
In his first collegiate decathlon, Longhorn freshman Johannes Hock claimed victory, scoring 8,293 points. The effort is tops in the NCAA and the second-highest mark in the world this year. With the win, Hock completes the season sweep of the multi-events as he also took the heptathlon crown at the indoor championships earlier this year.
In the discus throw, Clint Harris gave Texas its first outdoor crown since 2007, tossing 88-04 (57.40m). The discus produced 22 team points for UT as four throwers were in the top eight. Ryan Crouser was third, Will Spence finished fifth and Hayden Baillio ended up seventh.
The long jump title went to Texas Tech’s Bryce Lamb, who leaped 26-04.25” (8.03m) to win the Red Raiders’ first crown in the event in school history.
On the women’s side, Kansas moved up two spots from Friday to sit atop the standings. The Jayhawks have a 12-point advantage over Iowa State (41). In third is Texas with 31 points, while Kansas State sits in fourth-place with 28. Oklahoma follows in fifth with 26 points. Baylor (17), TCU (15), Oklahoma State (8), Texas Tech (8) and West Virginia (7) complete the standings through two days of competition.
The Jayhawks recorded a title win in the heptathlon as Lindsay Vollmer recorded 5,644 points to claim the victory. Vollmer becomes just the ninth woman in Big 12 history to win both the heptathlon and pentathlon in the same season.
KU picked up another victory in the long jump as Francine Simpson leaped 21’10.75” on her final attempt to win her second-straight Big 12 long jump title. The Jayhawks took the top-two places in the event, earning 18 points, as Andrea Geubelle finished in a close second with her jump of 21’05.25”.
Oklahoma senior Tia Brooks won her second-straight Big 12 outdoor shot put title, breaking the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex record in the process. The reigning NCAA indoor and outdoor champion threw 60-08.75 (18.51m) on her second attempt to sweep both conference titles in the event this season.
The final day of the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins Sunday at 11 a.m. CT with field events. Track finals get underway at 4 p.m. and conclude with the men’s 4x400-meter relay scheduled for 8:05 p.m.
DAY TWO TEAM LEADERS
1. Texas, 60.5 points
2. Kansas State, 43 points
3. Texas Tech, 39.5 points
1. Kansas, 53 points
2. Iowa State, 41 points
3. Texas, 31 points