Texas A&M’s Jeneba Tarmoh stellar performance at the Big 12 Conference championships proved that she is at the top of her game – again.
For the second year in a row, Tarmoh, the meet’s highest point scorer, took conference titles by winning the 100 (11.25) and 200 (22.46) while being part of the winning 4 x 100 relay (42.90), and was selected the Big 12 Conference’s women’s Outstanding Performer of the Year.
The San Jose, Ca., native is the fourth A&M female athlete to earn the honor, joining Anjanette Kirkland (1997), Simone Facey (2007) and Porscha Lucas (2008).
Her success was part of a huge day the Aggies track program as both the women and men swept conference titles – the first such feat by the school outdoors since 2006. It was the women’s fifth consecutive outdoor conference title and their ninth conference title overall in five years.
Tarmoh won the 200-meter title with an NCAA-best and career-best time 22.46 seconds, which broke a 29-year-old stadium record (22.63) held by Merlene Ottey (Nebraska, 1982). Her time, the second fastest wind-legal time in the world, trails only American Allyson Felix (22.38).
Her wind-aided time in the 100 (10.94) was tops in the NCAA this season under any conditions and equals the fifth fastest time in the world for 2011.
Need to Know
• LSU’s Semoy Hackett, Kimberlyn Duncan, and Rebecca Alexander will be busiest of the school’s huge contingent to qualify for the East preliminaries of the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held May 26-28 at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.
Hackett and Duncan will both compete in the 100 meters and 200 meters sprints and each run a leg on the Lady Tigers’ 4×100 relay team. Alexander will join them on the 4×100 relay, will run a leg on the 4×400 relay and also will compete in the 200-meter sprint.
The top 12 finishers in each open and relay event will qualify for the national semifinal and final rounds of the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 8-11.
• As expected, Arizona sophomore standout Julie Labonte was outstanding at the Pac-10 Championships. Labonte now owns the Canadian national shot put record with a conference title-winning throw of 18.21m (59-9). It improved upon her NCAA-leading throw, and is the 11th-best mark in the world in 2011 – one that broke her the tie with Lieja Tunks for the Canadian national outdoor record. Labonte now holds Canada’s national records in the event both indoors and outdoors.
• Labonte’s efforts were not enough as Arizona was nipped by Oregon for the Pac 10 championship. The title was settled in the meet’s final event, the 1,600 relay. Oregon, who led by 1.5 points entering the event, broke a meet and stadium with a time of 3:29.63 and held off Arizona in the race by two seconds and for the title 154.5 points to 150.
• Corpus Christi’s Ernestine Cray, who won the conference long jump title and was second in the triple jump, has been selected the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year. Cray is just the second Corpus Christi women’s team member earn the award. Kassandrea Son won it in 2008. Her victory in the long jump gave the Islanders that title for the fourth consecutive season. Cray, who led all freshman in scoring in the conference meet, also finished second in the triple jump with a school record leap of 12.87 meters.
• Augustana, known more for its solid cross country squads in the Northern Sun conference broke a rather lengthy drought during the outdoor season. When its women won the outdoor championship it was the first outdoor track and field title for the school since 1942.
• The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has been awarded the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.