Briscoe completes sweep of Big 12 high jump titles on final day of conference championship
May 16, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Texas freshman Shanay Briscoe completed her sweep of the conference high jump titles on the final day of the Big 12 Outdoor Championship with her winning clearance of 5-11.25 (1.81m). The Longhorns finished fourth overall with 90.5 points.
Briscoe, who claimed the indoor conference crown in February, becomes just the second freshman in league history to win both the indoor and outdoor titles, joining former Longhorn Destinee Hooker (2006). Texas has now won the last three outdoor titles (Victoria Lucas - 2010, Destinee Hooker - 2009) and has the most in league history with eight overall since the conference started 15 years ago.
The Longhorns went 1-2-T3 in the high jump as junior Beverly Owoyele cleared a personal-best height of 5-9.25 (1.76m) for second place. Junior Victoria Lucas also cleared the same height but due to misses, tied for third. It marks the second-straight year that Texas has had three high jumpers score at the outdoor conference championship.
Senior Chantel Malone posted a second-place finish in the triple jump with her wind-aided leap of 44-5.25 (13.54m). It is her highest finish in the event, indoor or outdoor, at the league championship.
Malone also ran a leg of the Longhorns' second-place 4x400m relay that clocked a 3:33.69. The senior, along with sophomore Kendra Chambers and freshmen Christy Udoh and Briana Nelson helped Texas finish second in the event for the third-straight year.
In the 4x100m relay, Malone, Udoh, and freshmen Chalonda Goodman and Allison Peter posted a fourth-place time of 44.12 to score in the event for the first time since 2009, when the Horns also placed fourth.
Texas had a pair of Longhorns score in the 400m as freshman Briana Nelson posted a personal-best 52.69 for fourth and sophomore Kendra Chambers ran a PR of 53.38 for fifth. Nelson's time is the fastest by a Longhorn this season.
The Longhorns also had two score in the 200m and 400m hurdles. In the 200m, Udoh clocked a 23.51 for seventh and Peter ran a 23.68 for eighth. Freshman Danielle Dowie posted a 59.13 for sixth in the hurdles while junior Angele Cooper finished seventh in 59.25.
In the 1,500m, burnt orange runners went 3-4 with junior Julie Amthor bettering her personal best she set in the prelims to finish third in 4:21.71. Senior Betzy Jimenez clocked a season-best 4:22.91 for fourth.
Junior Okwukwe Okolie recorded her second-best throw of the season (173-2/53.09m) to finish fifth in the discus and score in the event for the second-straight year.
Texas A&M won the overall title with 146 points followed by Nebraska (119 points), Oklahoma (117 points), Texas (90.5 points) and Baylor (77 points).
Up next for the Longhorns is the NCAA West Regional held May 26-28 in Eugene, Ore.