Three Red Raiders Wrangle Big 12 Titles

Three Red Raiders Wrangle Big 12 Titles

Trey Culver Trey Culver

LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Red Raiders wrapped up day two of the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship with three conference titles and a total of 10 All-Big 12 honors.

CHAMPIONS

Kaylee Hinton had a huge day clinching both the Big 12 heptathlon title and the all-time school record with her total of 5,869 points. This finish sits fifth in the NCAA, allowing Hinton the opportunity to compete on the national stage. This position is the third highest score in Big 12 Championship history.

After today’s showing, the sophomore remains undefeated at Rock Chalk Park winning all three heptathlon competitions in which she has competed.

The new personal-best dominated her previous record set at Rock Chalk Park three weeks ago by 497 points. The point total also beat the previous school record of 5,734 by 135 points. Performances that led to this Big 12 title were the 800-meter race (2:19.10) and javelin throw (36.27m/119-0), where she notched new lifetime bests in both events.

This also marks the second Big 12 multi-event title for Hinton this year, the first being the pentathlon in Ames, Iowa.

The second conference title of the day was secured by Trey Culver, who finished the men’s high jump at a 2.16m/7-1 bar.

The third title taken was Benard Keter, who is now a two-time conference champion in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Keter paced an 8:49.90 to secure his crown. Keter was also leading the Big 12 standings coming into the championship.

OTHER NOTEABLE PERFORMANCES

Erin Lopez claimed fourth overall concluding the men’s decathlon with a personal-best 6,944 points. This is a 435-point improvement from his previous best, set at the Kansas Relays earlier this season.

Freshman Rose Njoku also had an impressive improvement in her multi-event outing, matching Lopez’s 435-point improvement for a seventh-place finish of 5,092 points.

Crystal Onwukaife had a breakthrough in the women’s shot put, improving her personal-best from her season opener of 15.21m/49-11 to a new 15.44m.50-8 which allowed her a sixth-place finish.

ONTO THE FINALS

Darien Tennon advanced in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles with times of 13.86 and 53.58. Dorian Williams joins Tennon in the 110-meter hurdles, advancing with his 14.26 race. Kyle Collins and Marika Brown progress in the men’s and women’s 400-meter dash with their 47.03 and 56.37 times. There were also two advancements in the 100-meter dash from Tiffani Johnson and Trevin Chambers. Johnson matched her personal-best 11.44 (+2.7w) run to qualify and Chambers clocked a 10.33 (+3.8w) run. Two 800-meter advancements were taken by Vincent Crisp and Charles Jones, who paced 1:49.96 and 1:51.16 runs respectively. Lastly, Kirsten Johnson and Ardran Carr also qualified in the women’s and men’s 400-meter hurdles with their 1:01.00 and 53.07 times.

Tomorrow’s competition will begin with the women’s high jump at 2:30 p.m.

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