Women's Track and Field collects two Big 12 postseason honors
DALLAS -- The University of Texas women's track and field program took two of three Big 12 Conference outdoor track and field postseason honors awarded Friday in a vote conducted by the league's head coaches. Destinee Hooker (San Antonio, Texas) was selected as the league's Women's Outdoor Freshman Performer of the Year, while head coach Bev Kearney earned her sixth selection as the Big 12 Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year.
Hooker, who also was named the Big 12 Women's Indoor Freshman Performer of the Year, picks up the league's top outdoor freshman honor after winning the high jump on May 14 at the Big 12 outdoor meet in Waco. She set a new personal best with a clearance of 6-2.25 (1.89m), which ranks as the nation's third-best mark, to complete a season sweep of the league's indoor and outdoor high jump titles.
Kearney led the top-ranked Longhorns to their sixth Big 12 outdoor title, as the Longhorns wrapped up the Big 12 outdoor meet on May 14 with 131 points, outdistancing Texas A&M's second-place total of 111.50 points. Kearney's Horns captured five individual titles and the 4x100-meter relay crown. Kearney also was named the conference's Women's Indoor Coach of the Year in March.
Texas returns to action on May 26 and 27 at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Austin.