Hooker and Anderson win high jump and 100m on final day of Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 17, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas -- University of Texas junior Destinee Hooker completed her sweep of 2009 Big 12 high jump titles and senior Alexandria Anderson earned her first 100m title Sunday evening on the final day of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Longhorns finished fifth in the team race with a total of 79 points.
Hooker claimed her third outdoor Big 12 high jump crown with a meet record and outdoor personal-best clearance of 6-4.75 (1.95m). The junior became just the second Big 12 female high jumper to win three outdoor and three indoor titles, matching Texas Ex Erin Aldrich who completed the feat from 1998-2001. The three-time NCAA Champion now leads the nation in the high jump and is tied for the third-highest height in world. After securing the title, Hooker attempted to clear 6-7, a height that would have set the NCAA Collegiate record, but just missed on her three attempts.
Freshman Victoria Lucas also placed in the high jump with a season-best clearance of 5-8.25 (1.75m) for fourth place. Anderson earned her first 100m title with a time of 11.25 outlasting A&M's Porscha Lucas, who won the event in 2008. The senior All-American, who has finished second for the last three years, became the first Longhorn to win the event since 2006. Anderson also scored in the 200m, clocking a 23.24 for third place.
Freshman Angele Cooper picked up eight team points with a second-place finish in the 400m hurdles. Cooper was in third place heading into the final straightaway but outkicked Kianna Elahi of Iowa State over the last 30 meters to finish in a personal-best 58.67. Freshman Ashley Starks placed seventh in 1:03.69.
In the shot put, junior Jordyn Brown recorded a NCAA Regional throw of 53-5 (16.28m) for third place., earning her fifth All-Big 12 honor and giving UT six team points.
UT's 4x400m relay of freshmen Judy Nwosu, Cooper, Stacey-Ann Smith, and sophomore Chantel Malone clocked a 3:35.22 for second-place while the Horns' 4x100m (Smith, Anderson, LaKeidra Stewart, Cooper) placed fourth in 44.50.
Sophomore Chantel Malone collected her second All-Big 12 honor of the meet with a fourth-place showing in the triple jump. Malone recorded a leap of 42-3.25 (12.88m) for her highest career finish in the outdoor event.
Also scoring for the Horns, distance freshman Mia Behm recorded a seventh-place finish in the 5,000m with a regional-qualifying time of 17:01.44 for her second All-Big 12 honor after finishing seventh in the event at the indoor meet. Freshman Destiny Lumas posted a sixth-place effort in the 100m hurdles with a regional-qualifying time of 13.85.
Texas A&M won the Big 12 team title with 126.5 points followed by Texas Tech (111 points), Nebraska (109.5 points), Baylor (84 points) and Texas (79 points).
Next up for the Longhorns is the NCAA Regional meet, held May 29-30 in Norman, Okla.
Triple Jump Final
100m Hurdles Final