Women's Track and Field wins sixth Big 12 Outdoor Championship
WACO, Texas -- Marshevet Hooker earned high-point scorer honors for the second consecutive year to lead Texas to their sixth Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Longhorns scored 131 points to take the title over Texas A&M (111.50) and last year's champion Nebraska (100.50). UT has now won three of the last four outdoor conference meets.
"We did a phenomenal job considering we had two key injuries in Sheretta Jones and Ychlindria Spears," said Texas women's head coach Bev Kearney. "The rest of the team really came through. We had to depend on a lot of young kids to go along with our veterans, but I thought it was a great performance all around."
Hooker was one of four Longhorns to win individual events along with her younger sister Destinee Hooker (high jump), Michelle Carter (shot put) and Melaine Walker (400-meter hurdles).
Hooker opened her competition by winning the long jump on Saturday before anchoring the 4x100-meter relay to victory and taking the 100 meters and the 200 meters. In the 100 meters, she set a new meet and stadium record on her way to a personal best 11.09. She went on to notch a 22.75 in the 200 meters, which was just .02 seconds off a meet and stadium record.
"You can't ask anymore out of an individual than what she gives to this team," added Kearney. "For her to score that many points two years in a row is unbelievable." Destinee Hooker set a new outdoor best with a clearance of 6-2.25 to take the high jump. She also won the indoor conference championship earlier this year making her 2-for-2 at league events.
Carter added a seventh-place in the discus on Sunday after winning the shot put on Saturday. She has now won two outdoor league championships after she won the same event last year.
Walker used a 55.44 to win the 400-meter hurdles. It was her second consecutive victory at the outdoor conference meet in that event. She also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles behind a personal-best 12.86. Not only did that time better her old mark by .2 seconds, but it was the first time she has run under 13 seconds in her career.
Alexandria Anderson had a successful debut at the outdoor conference meet finishing second in both the 100 and 200 meters and running the second leg of Texas' victorious 4x100-meter relay team. She posted personal bests in both events after clocking 11.24 in the 100 meters and 23.16 in the 200 meters. Anderson had already recorded a sixth-place finish in the long jump on Saturday.
LaTashia Kerr added nine points to the Longhorns total with a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters (23.29) and a fifth place in the 400 meters (53.28).
2006 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
*advanced to finals