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After three days of competition, the Texas men and Kansas women claimed crowns at the 2013 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It is the Longhorns second-straight title as the team also won the indoor championship in February. The Jayhawk women also completed the season sweep, claiming their first outdoor title in school history.

Texas’ win on the men’s side was secured by a 13.5-point lead over Oklahoma. Texas Tech came in third with 117.5 points. Kansas State garnered fourth place after recording 96 points, while Kansas ended the championship in fifth (82.5 points). Newcomer TCU claimed sixth, racking up 75 points. Baylor (61), Oklahoma State (56) and Iowa State (51.5) rounded out the men’s standings.

For the women, placing second was Texas with 145 points. Baylor trailed in third, while Iowa State finished with 89 total points to place fourth. Oklahoma rounded out the top five with 78.5 points. Texas Tech (77.5), Kansas State (66), West Virginia (40), TCU (39) and Oklahoma State (33) completed the women’s final team standings.

TCU senior Charles Silmon earned high point honors on the men’s side as he completed the season sweep in the 100-meter dash, while also taking the top spot in the 200-meters. His 200-meter time of 20.33 is the best in the NCAA this season. Silmon was also part of the Frogs’ victorious 4x100-meter relay team. 

Longhorn sophomore Ryan Crouser set a Big 12 record in the shot put with a throw of 69-02.5 (21.09m) on his final attempt. Texas picked up 21 points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as Trevor Van Ackeren notched the victory, Austin Bussing finished second, seventh place went to Austin Roth and John McNamara finished eighth.

Patrick Casey (Oklahoma) set a Big 12 and Hart-Patterson Track Complex record in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:40.04. The senior also won the one mile run at the indoor championship.

On the women’s side, Kansas sprinter Paris Daniels came away with high point honors by winning the 200-meter in a complex-record 22.73. The senior also finished second in the 100-meter race and anchored the Jayhawk 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays on their way to victories in each.

Andrea Geubelle picked up KU’s first victory of the day in the triple jump. With her winning leap of 44-07 (13.59m), Geubelle has now completed the indoor-outdoor sweep in the event each of the last two years. KU junior Diamond Dixon completed her second-straight 400-meter sweep as she finished first in a time of 51.73. The Jayhawk has recorded three consecutive wins in the outdoor 400-meters.

Shanae Briscoe (Texas) won the high jump for the third-straight season, reaching a height of 5-10 (1.78m). UT has won the event five straight years and seven of the last eight.

Iowa State’s Betsy Saina ran a facility-best 5,000-meter time with a mark of 15:41.64 to complete the season sweep. The senior finished more than 33 seconds in front of the nearest competitor.

Oklahoma State’s Natalja Piliusina captured her third-straight outdoor 800-meter crown as she ran the event in a time of 2:03.99, besting her time a year ago by almost two seconds. She is the first female in league history to win the event three consecutive seasons.

Up next for the Big 12 teams will be the NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds held May 23-25.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
MEN 
1. Texas, 146.5 points  
2. Oklahoma, 133 points 
3. Texas Tech, 117.5 points  
4. Kansas State, 96 points 
5. Kansas, 82.5 points 
6. TCU, 75 points 
7. Baylor, 61 points  
8. Oklahoma State, 56 points 
9. Iowa State, 51.5 points 

WOMEN
1. Kansas, 158 points
2. Texas, 145, points
3. Baylor, 93 points
4. Iowa State, 89 points
5. Oklahoma, 78.5 points
6. Texas Tech, 77.5 points
7. Kansas State, 66 points
8. West Virginia, 40 points
9. TCU, 39 points
10. Oklahoma State, 33 points

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