Texas Men, Kansas Women Take Team Titles In Big 12 Indoor Track

While basketball rules center stage this time of the year in the leadup to postseason championship play and  the wall-to-wall television coverage of what we all have come to know as March Madness, last weekend the men and women of the hardwood shared the sports spotlight with a major championship in another sport: the 2013 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship.

Iowa State served as the host venue for this year’s Indoor Track Championship, with the Texas Longhorns coming very close to sweeping both the men’s and women’s indoor crowns, just as former Big 12 school Texas A&M did the year before.

The Texas men won handily over second-place Oklahoma and third-place Kansas State. But in the women’s division, Kansas mustered enough speed on the track and field strength to hold off the Lady Longhorns by the slight margin of just 2.5 points. The Kansas women came into the conference Indoor Track and Field Championship ranked fifth in the nation.

For the Jayhawks, it was their first indoor title in school history. The Longhorns claimed their sixth indoor crown on the men’s side.

Oklahoma distance runner Patrick Casey was the men’s best all-around performer, with individual victories in the mile run and the 1,000 meters and also was a member of the Sooners’ winning distance-medley relay team. Iowa State’s Betsy Saina was the women’s high-point performer in the championship, winning the 5,000 meters on day one and coming  back on Saturday to win the mile run and at 3,000 meters. This was the second year Saina was the women’s high-point scorer in the indoor championship.

Two members of the 2012 U.S. Summer Olympics team, high-jumper Erik Kynard of Kansas State and and Tia Brooks, a shot putter from Oklahoma. Kynard set a new Big 12 Championship record, clearing a height of seven feet, seven inches for his third straight indoor title in the event. Brooks aslo set a new distance mark in the women’s shot (60-feet, 9 1/4 inches), defending her 2012 title. Brooks also is the reigning NCAA indoor champion in the event.

2013 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championship – Final Standings

Men

1. Texas – 135 points

2. Oklahoma – 108.5

3. Kansas State – 96

4. Baylor – 79

5. Texas Tech – 76

6. Kansas – 74.5

7. Oklahoma State – 73

8. Iowa State – 61

9. TCU – 38

Women

1. Kansas – 150.5

2. Texas – 148

3. Iowa State – 142

4. Baylor – 72

5. Oklahoma State – 48

6. Texas Tech – 43.5

7. Kansas State – 41

8. Oklahoma – 38.5

9. TCU – 37

10. West Virginia – 20.5

For more news and information on University of Texas sports, be sure to visit HookemHeadlines.com.

For related news and information of University of Kansas sports teams, go to ThroughthePhog.com.

 

Topics: Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, Texas Longhorns, Track And Field Championships

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