Tinch high-point performer; 3 Jayhawks win titles on final day of Big 12 Outdoor Championship
NORMAN, Okla. – Kansas track & field won three conference crowns on the final day of the 2019 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship at John Jacobs Track & Field Complex in Norman, Oklahoma. Freshman Cordell Tinch won the first Big 12 110-meter hurdle championship in KU men’s history on his way to earning the men’s co-high point performer award of the meet. Junior Bryce Hoppel won his third-overall 800-meter Big 12 title and 15th-straight individual race and sophomore Alexandra Emilianov notched back-to-back discus crowns.
Tinch’s title in the 110-meter hurdles marked the third trip to the awards stand for the freshman phenom on the weekend. After placing seventh in the long jump and third in the high jump on Saturday, as well as qualifying for the 110 hurdles, Tinch first hit the track as a member of the 4×100-meter relay team on Sunday before running to the first Big 12 title in the 110 hurdles in school history. Tinch clocked in at 13.72 seconds in the final for the win, which is tied for the fourth-fastest time in program annals. Scoring 18 points on the weekend, Tinch tied Iowa State’s David Too with 18 points for the co-men’s high point performer.
Hoppel, the 2019 Big 12 indoor and NCAA indoor champion in the 800 meters kept his perfect 2019 season going by clocking in at 1:45.95 to win his first Big 12 outdoor title. The Midland, Texas’ native’s time is the fifth-fastest in school history and proved to be a John Jacobs Track & Field Complex facility record.
Emilianov’s discus crown makes her the second repeat Big 12 champion in the event in Kansas history. The Chisinau, Moldova product joins Jessica Maroszek (2013-14) as the only two-time KU women’s champ in the discus. Emilianov won the event on Sunday with a mark of 58.01m (190-4 ft.) on her second throw, which is tied for the sixth-best mark in program history. The sophomore also recorded the No. 9 mark in school history on her sixth attempt with a throw of 57.69 meters (189-3 ft.).
- The Kansas men and women each placed fifth in the team standings. The KU men scored 79 points and the KU women scored 73.5 points.
- Jedah Caldwell tied for fifth in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 23.68 seconds.
- Honour Finley recorded a personal-best time in the 400-meter dash to become the No. 3 performer in KU women’s history in the event with a time of 52.70 seconds.
- Marleena Eubanks recorded the No. 9 time in KU women’s history in the 800 meters to place second, clocking in at 2:05.87. Nicole Montgomery took fourth in the event with a time of 2:06.50.
- Catherine Liggett earned a point in the 1,500-meter run by placing eighth with a time of 4:30.80.
- Cody Johnson placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.27 seconds, and also placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.15 seconds.
- Caraline Slattery clocking in at 1:01.16 in the 400-meter hurdles to place eighth.
- Darius Releford notched a point toward the team total in the 110-meter hurdles, placing eighth at 14.66 seconds.
- Mariah Kuykendoll, Montgomery, Eubanks and Finley combined for a season-best time of 3:34.20 in the 4×400-meter relay to place fourth.
- The men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Marcus Davis, Ethan Fogle, Johnson and Hoppel placed third with a season-best time of 3:06.97. The time should qualify the quartet for the NCAA West Prelim in Sacramento, California, May 23-25.
- Freshman Rylee Anderson placed third in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.76 meters (5-9.25 ft.).
- Freshman Zach Bradford placed third (5.45m/17-10.5 ft.) and sophomore Kyle Rogers took eighth (5.00m/16-4.75 ft.) in the pole vault to earn a total of seven points for the Jayhawks.
- George Evans placed third in the discus (57.30m/188-0 ft.) and Patrick Larrison placed seventh (51.75m/169-9 ft.) to combine for eight points.
Any Kansas athletes that rank in the top-48 of the West region, or KU relay team that ranks in the top-24, will qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, May 23-25.