LUBBOCK, Texas – Oklahoma State Outdoor Athletics wrapped up the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in impressive fashion, winning three individual Big 12 championships on Sunday alone, bringing the total to five individual titles over the weekend.
Alex Mayer kicked off the day in the men’s 5,000 meters, winning his third Big 12 title of the calendar year in dominant fashion with a time of 14:03.74. Maier held on to the frontrunners from the pistol, where he held top-five serve before exploding into the lead with just over three laps to go and winning by nearly four seconds in total.
Teammate Isai Rodriguez earned his second All-Big 12 finish of the weekend in the same race, placing seventh with a time of 14:19.67. Rodriguez sat in the middle of the pack for much of the run before solidifying into scoring position for the Cowboys. He also finished sixth in the men’s 10k Friday, earning a total of five points for OSU over the weekend.
Taylor Roe continued her Big 12 dominance, winning her fourth conference championship this year with a wire-to-wire victory in the women’s 1,500 meters. Roe is perfect in her last five championship races in four separate disciplines, including the Mile, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and the Distance Medley relay.
Sivan Auerbach and Heidi Demeo also scored for the Cowgirl in the event with fifth and eighth places overall. Demeo qualified third overall in Saturday’s prelims but was stumbled midway through the final and recovered for the final scorer position.
A quartet of Cowboys followed Roe and company in the men’s 1,500 meters, with Fouad Messaoudi, ryan choppe, Isaiah Priddey and Chris Middleton-Pearson all qualified for the prelims on Saturday night.
True Freshman Messaoudi won his first career Big 12 Championship after placing third in the Mile at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in February. Schoppe was second in the race after leading the first 1,200 meters before Messaoudi made the final pass to take the lead just before the final corner. Middleton-Pearson made three Cowboys scorers in the event with his seventh-place finish and a time of 3:48.95.
Early in the day, Sam Mason earned his second All-Big 12 performance of the weekend in the discus throw. Mason reached the final with his first throw of 50.31 meters before moving up to seventh with his throw of 51.31 meters on his fifth attempt. It was his second highlight of the weekend after finishing eighth in the men’s hammer throw on Friday with his throw of 57.93 metres.
In the men’s 400 meters Dash, a real rookie Charlie Barthelemy placed eighth overall with his time of 46.16 seconds after breaking his personal best in the preliminaries, advancing to the final after posting the third-fastest time in program history with his time of 45.94 seconds. His arrival earned the Cowboys the final point of the weekend, who finished sixth overall in the team race with 72 points.
Second-team USA indoor Gabija Galvydyte continued middle-distance success for the Cowgirls, earning a second-place finish with her mind-blowing time of 2:03.79. Galvydyte finished the opening lap fourth, two seconds off the lead before setting the fastest final lap of the race, finishing behind Baylor’s only national champion, Aaliyah Miller.
In the final event of the evening, the Cowgirls secured a fourth-place finish in the women’s 4×400 meters relay, with Kalaya Ali, Tamara Woodley, Tori Ortiz and Nickie Dixon finishing in 3:37.83. Their arrival locked up five points, which took the Cowgirls’ total to 55 on the weekend and a sixth-place finish in the team race.
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Men’s team ranking
- Texas- 161
- Oklahoma- 127
- Texas Technology – 118
- Baylor – 86
- Kansas- 74
- Oklahoma State – 72
- Iowa State – 67
- Kansas State – 56
- TOS – 49
Women’s team standings
- Texas- 172.5
- Texas Technology – 162
- Oklahoma- 101.5
- Baylor – 92
- Iowa State – 73
- Oklahoma State – 55
- Kansas- 53
- Kansas State – 41
- West Virginia – 38
- TOS – 29