T&F wins second, third at Big 12 Championships

LUBBOCK, TX –Oklahoma’s men’s and women’s track teams wrapped up the 2022 Big 12 Outdoor Championships in second and third place, respectively, in Lubbock, Texas on Sunday night.

The men earned their first runner-up since 2013, while the women took third place for the third time in program history.

Oklahoma concluded its time in the conference championship with five Big 12 champions, 49 podiums and several personal bests. The men totaled 127 points and the women finished with 101.5 points.

“I’m so thrilled with how our program performed this weekend,” the head coach said. Tim Langford. “This is the best combined the program has ever had. The team has come together and shown support in all areas. I am honored by the leadership of our seniors and the buy-in from our underclasses. Everyone strove to make an impact and the team standings reflected their efforts.”

The final day of competition opened with three Sooners taking the women’s discus podium. senior red shirt lauren jones took second place, scoring a 185-0 (56.38m). Junior Payden Montana ranked seventh with a throw of 168-11 (51.48m) and second Paige Low scored 168-0 (51.22m) for eighth place.

In the women’s high jump, senior redshirt Ja’Sha Sloan and senior Madison LangleyWalker the two cleared 5-9.25 (1.76m) to grab fifth and seventh, respectively, based on attempts.

The women’s 4×100 meters relay team Jada Atkinson, Camri Austin, Kennedy Blackmonand Ja’Leesa Giles clocked 43.92 for fourth place and moved up to No. 4 in school history. On the men’s side, the team Karson Kowalchuk, Josh Bour, Demarius Smithand Alajuwan Robinson moved up to No. 2 in program history with its fourth-place finish at 38.95.

senior red shirt Camri Austin took fourth place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.97 (wind 1.5).

Representing the Sooners in the men’s 400 meters, junior Richard Kuykendoll set a personal best 45.25 in the men’s 400 meters to take second place.

Senior Kennedy Blackmon saw two individual podiums this weekend. Her first of the day came with a seventh-place finish in the women’s 100 meters, clocking 11.29 (2.4 wind). She followed that by finishing sixth in the 200 yards, recording a PR at 22.91 (wind 2.0) to move to No. 5 in OU history.

The Sooners claimed three podium places in the men’s 100 meters, with the help of a 2.4 mph wind. senior red shirt Demarius Smith took third place with a 10.12, freshman Josh Bour fourth place with a time of 10.155 and senior Karson Kowalchuk clocked 10.158 for fifth place.

Smith and Bour also made it to the 200-meter podium in winds of 3.8 mph. Smith finished fourth with a time of 20.04 and Bour clocked a 20.10 for fifth place.

In the 400 meters hurdles, first year Jania Hodges managed a PR at 59.59 for fourth and moved up to No. 8 in school history, senior daneesha davidson finished sixth with a time of 1:00.83 and senior Madison LangleyWalker clocked a 1:04.97 for the eighth.

senior red shirt Isaiah Levingston took second place in the 400-metre hurdles with a time of 48.82, while newcomer Paul Martin finished seventh with a time of 52.64.

In the men’s triple jump, senior red shirt Jelaani Davis jumped a PR at 53-3 (16.23m) with a 2.0 mph wind for fourth place to move to No. 5 in school history and a senior redshirt Gary Williams took sixth place with a mark at 51-11.25 (15.83m) with a wind of 2.4 mph.

On the women’s side, junior Welcome Mikeisha scored a 44-0 (13.41m) with a wind of 2.4 mph for fifth place, while Davidson placed sixth, scoring 43-5.25 (13.24m) with a wind of 4.0 mph.

Closing the day for the women, the 4×400 meter relay team from Jenna James, Jada Atkinson, Camri Austinand Jai’Lyn Merriweather clocked 3:43.44 to finish eighth.

For men, Richard Kuykendoll, Jaylen Barringer, Rayvon Allenand Isaiah Levingston took fourth place with a time of 3:09.99.