Women's Track and Field sweeps Big 12 postseason awards
DALLAS -- The top-ranked University of Texas women's indoor track and field squad swept the Big 12 Conference postseason awards, as announced by the league this afternoon.
The Big 12 champion Longhorns captured all three postseason honors awarded by the conference. Junior All-American Marshevet Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was named the league's Women's Indoor Performer of the Year, while her younger sister, freshman Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas), was selected as the Big 12 Women's Indoor Freshman Performer of the Year. Head coach Bev Kearney was named the league's Women's Indoor Coach of the Year.
Marshevet Hooker earned her first selection as Women's Indoor Performer of the Year after winning three individual conference titles at the Big 12 Championships held on Feb. 24-25 at the University of Nebraska. She claimed the long jump on the meet's first day before wrapping up the meet with victories in the 60 meters and the 200 meters. Marshevet was named the women's high point performer at the Big 12 meet and has automatically qualified for all three events at next week's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas.
After graduating one semester early from San Antonio's Southwest High School and enrolling at UT in January, Destinee Hooker has made an immediate splash in collegiate track and field. The nation's top women's collegiate high jumper heading into the Big 12 Championships, Destinee established a personal best at the conference meet, clearing 6-3.50 to easily win the league title. She remains the nation's top women's collegiate high jumper heading into the NCAA Championships.
Coach Bev Kearney collects her fifth Big 12 Women's Indoor Coach of the Year selection after leading the Longhorns to their fifth indoor conference crown in the last nine seasons. Kearney led Texas to five individual titles at the conference meet to knock off host Nebraska, who had won the last two conference championship meets.
Five Longhorns Head for Last Chance Meet
The meet is one of several "last chance meets" held around the country where student-athletes have one final opportunity to earn a qualifying mark for the NCAA Championships.
Texas will send seniors LaTashia Kerr (Houston, Texas) and Dee Dee Cortez (Mission, Texas), sophomore Temeka Kincy (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshmen Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill.) and Katara Rosby (Baton Rouge, La.).