In case you missed it, the Kansas Jayhawk women led practically wire to wire in winning their first NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend. The Lady Jayhawks amassed a winning total of 60 points over the four days of the national track and field competition.
The Jayhawks’ winning point total was 16 points better than second-place Texas A&M, a former Big 12 school and a three-time winner in 2009, 2010 and 2011 when the Aggies were in the Big 12.
Better known for its long winning tradition in basketball, Kansas was a national power in track and field in the 1950s and 1960s, winning three NCAA Men’s Indoor Championships (1966, 1969 and 1970) and three Outdoor Championships (1959, 1960 and 1970). In addition, the KU men have won 33 conference outdoor track championships.
But this was the first national championship for Kansas in women’s track and field. The Lady Jayhawks also captured their first conference championship in outdoor track this season.
In addition to Kansas’ overall victory on the women’s side, two female Big 12 athletes captured individual championships. Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks won her fourth national title in the shot put, winning both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in the event the last two years. Natalja Piliusina of Oklahoma State won the 1,500-meter run.
Iowa State finished 13th in the women’s team competition, Texas 15th, Oklahoma 21st, Oklahoma State 25th and the Texas Tech women came in 49th.
Texas was the highest finisher among the men, winding up sixth after leading through the first two days of the competition. TCU was 12th, Kansas State 23rd, Texas Tech 28th and Oklahoma finished 38th.