The Lady Longhorns were scoreless in the official team scoring until Day 3, but had a number of qualifiers for the finals in the individual sprints and relay races. The points came in a flourish on Friday as the Texas women put 26 points on the board.
Texas sophomore sprinter Courtney Okolo won the women’s 400 meters in a time of 50.23 seconds, leading a contingent of Longhorns who finished first, third and fourth in the finals and immediately handed the Lady Longhorns 21 points in the standings. Okolo’s winning time is under the collegiate record for the event, which she established in winning the Big 12 Outdoor title last month in a record time of 50.03.
Freshman Kendall Baisden finished third in the 400 meters and teammate Briana Nelson was fourth.
“It feels really goosd. I’ve been dreaming about his all year, even last year,” Okolo said about winning her first NCAA individual championship.
Sophomore Morolake Akinosun recorded the first of the Lady Longhorn points, finishing second in the 100 meters final on Friday.
What the Longhorns felt going into the completion would be an assured scoring opportunity proved not to be. Kaitlin Petrillose, who tied for the nation’s best pole vault height in the regular season, failed to clear a height of 13 feet, 9 1/4 inches, almost a foot lower than her career best outdoors, and was eliminated from the competition.
The Texas men failed to score on Friday and remained at 19.50 points, which put them fifth in the team competition.
The Lady Longhorns have an opportunity to move up in the competition with scoring chances in six events on Sunday. But they will have to do very well to catch first- and second-place Oregon and Texas A&M, respectively, which own a 14- and 12-point advantage over the Texas women heading into the final day.
Other Big 12 highlights from the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships entering the final day:
- The Kansas women, defending NCAA outdoor champions, are currently in 31st place with 5.0 points.
- Oklahoma State’s Nick Miller placed second in the men’s hammer throw on Friday with a heave of 237-feet, 6 inches, recorded on his initial throw.
- Cowboys’ distance runner Shadrack Kipchirchir, who finished second in the men’s 10,000 meters on Thursday, was second in the 5,000 meters final on Friday.
- Kansas junior Michael Stigler finished second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles on Friday for the second consecutive year.
- Baylor sprinter freshman Trayvon Brumell took home the individual championship in the 100 meters on Friday with a wind-aided winning time of 9.97 seconds. That set a new World Junior record.
- Baylor freshman TJ Holmes place fourth in the men’s 400-meter hurdles.
- On the women’s side for Baylor, Rachel Johnson came in third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Brianna Richardson was third in the triple jump.
- Ejiro Okoro of Iowa State finished third in the women’s 800 meters with a career-best time of 2:03.37.
- Big 12 men’s team standings after Day 3: 5. Texas (19.50 points), 7. Oklahoma State (16.0), 10. Baylor (15.0), 24. Kansas (8.0), 30. Texas Tech (6.0), 42. Kansas State (3.0)
- Big 12 women’s team standings after Day 3: 3. Texas (29.0 points), 15. Baylor (10.0), 21. Oklahoma (8.0), 26. Iowa State (6.0), 31. Kansas (5.0), 31. TCU (5.0), 36. Kansas State (4.0), 49. Texas Tech (1.0), 49. West Virginia (1.)