Carter, Marshevet Hooker victorious at Big 12 Championships
WACO, Texas -- Michelle Carter won the shot put and Marshevet Hooker took the long jump as Texas wrapped up day two of the Big 12 Championships at the Hart-Patterson Complex in Waco, Texas, on Saturday. The Longhorns will carry 29 points into the final day and have 12 athletes qualified for the finals, which is tied for the most with the Baylor women. Currently, Nebraska holds the team lead with 48 points.
"We should be in great position heading into the final day," said Texas women's head coach Bev Kearney. "We scored more points today than we are used to. Marshevet and Michelle did a great job in winning their events and Ashley Laughlin's performance in the pole vault was probably the highlight of the day. Hopefully, we'll be able to take the momentum from today into tomorrow."
Carter set a new Big 12 meet record with a throw of 59-0 in winning the event and earning 10 points. The victory marked her second consecutive outdoor conference championship in the shot put.
Hooker used a season-best and stadium-record 21-11.75 in the long jump to add 10 points to the Horns score. She also won that event for the second consecutive year. Hooker went on to be the top qualifier in both the 100 meters (11.13) and the 200 meters (22.83). Her clocking of 11.13 was also a new stadium record. Hooker will also run the anchor on the 4x100-meter relay on Sunday.
Alexandria Anderson also scored for Texas in the long jump by finishing sixth with a leap of 20-3.50. Like Hooker, Anderson went on to qualify for the finals in the 100 (11.34) and 200 meters (23.36). She had the second-best time in each event on the day.
Laughlin took third in the pole vault by clearing 12-11.50. The third-place finish earned six points for Texas to bring them to their total of 29 on the day.
Along with Hooker and Anderson, LaTashia Kerr qualified for the 200-meter final with a time of 23.36. She also qualified for the final in the 400 meters with a time of 53.55.
Melaine Walker had a productive day in qualifying for two finals on Sunday. She posted a 13.05 in the 100-meter hurdles to advance and then came back to run a 56.42 to rank as the top qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles. Kira Robinson (13.47) and Alandra Sherman (13.72) also qualified for the final in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Longhorns also had two runners qualify for the final in the 800 meters in Temeka Kincy (2:07.48) and Janine Davis (2:08.22).