AUSTIN, Texas -- Top-ranked Texas heads to Lincoln, Neb., this weekend in search of its fifth Big 12 indoor title as it participates in the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Nebraska's Bob Devaney Sports Center. The competition begins Friday at 9:30 a.m. CST with the pentathlon's 60-meter hurdles.
Ranked No. 1 by the USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) and Trackwire, an online track and field publication, Texas aims for its fifth Big 12 indoor title and its first since 2003. Texas and host Nebraska are the only league schools to win Big 12 indoor team championships.
The Longhorns enter the two-day meet with top league marks in five events. Junior All-American Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) holds the conference's top marks in the 60 meters (7.22) and the 200 meters (23.13), as well as the No. 2 mark in the long jump (21-0). Notably, each of the aforementioned marks was registered in a single meet - the Tyson Invitational - and automatically qualified Hooker for competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Freshman Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) - the younger sister of Marshevet - has made quite a splash in less than two months of collegiate competition. Destinee already holds the nation's top mark in the high jump (6-3.25) after graduating from San Antonio's Southwest High School in December.
Texas 4X400-meter relay squad clocked an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 3:32.08, which also leads the conference.
Senior Melaine Walker (Kingston, Jamaica) ranks second in the Big 12 with an NCAA automatic mark of 8.10 in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), the reigning Big 12 indoor shot put champion, currently ranks second in the event with a top heave of 57-6.25.
Freshman Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) has proven to be one of the Big 12's top newcomers, notching the league's third-best marks in the 60 meters and the 200 meters.
Texas finished second at the last two Big 12 indoor championship events after winning consecutive titles in 2002 and 2003. The Longhorns have finished no worse than third (2001) in the event's nine-year history.
Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships - Lincoln, Neb.
Friday, Feb. 24
9:30 a.m. - 60m hurdles - pentathlon
10:15 a.m. - high jump - pentathlon
1:00 p.m. - shot put - pentathlon
2:15 p.m. - long jump - pentathlon
3:40 p.m. - 800m run - pentathlon
4:00 p.m. - pole vault - finals
4:30 p.m. - long jump - trials and finals
5:45 p.m. - weight throw - trials and finals
2:00 p.m. - 60m hurdles - prelims
2:30 p.m. - 60m dash - prelims
3:00 p.m. - mile run - prelims
3:50 p.m. - 60m hurdles - semifinals
4:10 p.m. - 60m dash - semifinals
4:30 p.m. - 600y run - prelims
5:10 p.m. - 400m dash - prelims
5:50 p.m. - 1000m run - prelims
6:30 p.m. - 800m run - prelims
7:10 p.m. - 200m dash - prelims
7:50 p.m. - 5000m run - finals
8:40 p.m. - distance medley relay - finals
Saturday, Feb. 25
1:30 p.m. - triple jump - trials and finals
4:30 p.m. - high jump - finals
4:45 p.m. - shot put - trials and finals
3:00 p.m. - 60m hurdles - finals
3:10 p.m. - 60m dash - finals
3:25 p.m. - mile run - finals
3:45 p.m. - 600y run - two finals sections
4:05 p.m. - 400m dash - two finals sections
4:25 p.m. - 1000m run - finals
4:45 p.m. - 800m run - finals
5:05 p.m. - 200m dash - two finals sections
5:25 p.m. - 3000m run - two finals sections
6:30 p.m. 1600m relay - two finals sections