A south wind led to some blistering times Sunday in the men’s 100-meters final at the Big 12 Conference track and field championships. Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell was clocked in 9.77 seconds while Texas’ Senoj-Jay Givans, Oklahoma State’s John Teeters and Baylor’s Everett Walker ran 9.90, 9.91 and 9.98, respectively.
They were running with a 4.2 meters per second tailwind, however, outside the allowable 2.0 to be eligible for records consideration.
“Wind or no wind, you still have to set for the perfect race to end up running the times you get,” Bromell said. “In an outdoor environment, you’re going to get wind-aided times, but you still have to be the type of person to go out there and run it.
“I’ve looked up records of Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt running 9-lows with 6-point wind, 7-point wind, so anything’s possible.”
Bromell’s tied for second in the NCAA this season with a wind-legal 10.01.
College record falls
Texas’ Courtney Okolo wowed the Fuller Track Complex crowd by running a women’s collegiate record of 50.03 seconds in the 400 meters. Okolo had broken the meet and stadium records the day before with a 50.17 in preliminaries.
Her 50.03 was about one second faster than the personal record of 51.04 she had starting the year.
“I feel like I’ve always been strong. I just never got out well,” Okolo said. “Like my first 200 wasn’t very good. This year, my first 200 coming out of the blocks has been a lot better, so it’s allowed me to get out fast and finish strong.”
Okolo, a sophomore from Carrollton Newman Smith, was fourth at both last year’s NCAA outdoor meet and this year’s NCAA indoor.
Texas Tech all-American Kole Weldon gave his team eight points each day of the meet with three second-place finishes: Friday in the hammer throw, Saturday in the shot put and Sunday in the discus.
In each of those three events, the winner set a Big 12 meet record.
“I feel like I took care of business and did what I needed to,” Weldon said. “It’s hard to explain. There is a bit of a disappointment not to bring home at least one gold.”
Weldon’s weekend didn’t go as smoothly as three runner-up finishes on the results sheet looked. On Sunday, he was in danger of missing the finals after making a short throw and then another out of bounds on his first two attempts in preliminaries.
On his last chance, he made a safe throw to get in the top eight and then his 193-5 on his next-to-last throw in the finals was good for second.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in that position,” Weldon said, “but yesterday I did the same thing in the shot put – fouled my first two, had to get a throw off to make finals and ended up coming back to get second. So this whole week’s been kind of nerve wracking for me.”
Weldon said he will drop the hammer throw as he prepares for the NCAA postseason to focus on the shot put and the discus, his two best events.
Texas all-American Ryan Crouser broke a Big 12 meet record Sunday for the second day in a row. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound junior won the discus with a throw of 209-8, the day after he won the shot put by throwing 70-2 ¼.
The old discus record of 208-1 was set in 2011 by then-Tech all-American Julian Wruck, who later transferred to UCLA.
Crouser, the defending NCAA champion in the shot put, broke 70 feet on Friday for the first time.
Tech all-American Kole Weldon finished second to Crouser in both events.
In the women’s triple jump, Tech freshman Paetyn Revell from DeSoto went 42 feet, 10 ¼ inches, which would have tied Amanda Banks’ 25-year-old school record except the jump wasn’t wind legal.
Revell made the jump with a 4.5 meters per second tailwind, and anything outside 2.0 mps is excluded from records consideration.
Revell placed fourth and sophomore Gionna Jackson from Saginaw got fifth with a 42-9.
“I went 42 (feet even) a couple of weeks ago,” Revell said, “but it wasn’t wind legal. So I had to try to do it again, and I was pretty successful today.”
Jackson’s 42-9 came with a 2.3 mps tailwind.
Before their last jumps, Jackson kidded Revell that she was “not going to get beat by a freshman,” but neither improved on their mark.
“She didn’t want to get beat by a freshman, but it’s OK,” Revell said. “It happens sometimes.”
Seconds for White
Tech junior Cierra White got second in the women’s 100 and 200 meters with wind-aided times of 11.12 and 22.61, respectively.
The 22.61, though it doesn’t count for records purposes, is the fastest in any conditions for a Lady Raiders sprinter.
White has run a wind-legal 22.89, and former Tech sprinter Candace Jackson ran a wind-aided 22.89.
White closed the night running the anchor leg on the Lady Raiders’ 1,600-meter relay that finished second.
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