2012 Big 12 Track Championships to Air on FSN
May 17, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – A replay of the best Big 12 performance in Kansas women’s track and field history will be shown on national television Friday afternoon as well several days next week. FSN will show a two-hour taped broadcast at 12 p.m. of the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Championships that were held in Manhattan, Kan. May 11-13.
Kansas set five school records and had eight Big 12 champions between the men’s and women’s squads. As a team, the KU women placed in a program-best second place, while the men finished eighth overall.
FSN will air the championships on several of its regional networks over the next week. See link above for specific regions, times and air dates.
Sophomore Diamond Dixon won her second-straight conference title in the women’s 400-meters while the Big 12’s freshman male of the year, Michael Stigler, took the conference crown with his school-record run in the 400-meter hurdles. Dixon’s winning time is a personal best and school record as well as the ninth-fastest time in the world this year. Stigler became the first KU male to win a conference track event since 2003 and earned an automatic spot at the Olympic Trials later this summer with his school record time of 49.45.
Senior Alena Krechyk won the second hammer throw championship of her career, hitting a huge personal best and school record mark of 69.02 meters (226-05 ft.) to win gold.
Senior Rebeka Stowe claimed her first career conference title in the 3,000-meter Steeplechasem, as did Paris Daniels in the 200 meters. Both will compete at the Olympic Trials in June after running to the necessary qualifying marks.
Andrea Geubelle and Francine Simpson took home gold in the triple jump and long jump, respectively, backing up the titles they won at the indoor conference meet earlier this season. The two combined for 18 points in the long jump over the weekend, the most for the women’s team in any event during the three-day meet.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team wrapped up the women’s championships with a victory in the final event of the meet. Juniors Denesha Morris, Daniels, Taylor Washington and the sophomore Dixon passed the baton around in a school record and nation-leading time of 3:28.10 to seal their team’s runner-up finish in the overall point standings.
Texas won the women’s team championship with 139 points with the KU women finishing only 9.5 points back at 129.5. Texas A&M won the men’s championship with its 150 points.
Next up for the Jayhawks is the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, May 23-26. Kansas will enter the meet with 17 Jayhawks ranked in the top 10 of the West Region. Check back with kuathletics.com for all the information and results from the meet next week.