No. 8 Texas captured the men’s Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship this weekend in Aimes, Iowa. This title is the sixth indoor title in Longhorns’ history and came on the back of strong victories by two seniors — Keiron Stewart and Hayden Baillio — and a brilliant campaign from freshman heptathlete Johannes Hock.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” head coach Bubba Thornton said. “What a great team effort. We scored in every event but three, and every guy on the team scored a point.”
The Texas team captured the title with a strong 135-point total for the weekend, beating out second place Oklahoma who totaled 108.50 points. Stewart captured his second Big 12 title in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72. Baillio won the shot put and his first Big 12 title with a toss of 64 feet, 5 inches — the second best toss in his career.
Johannes Hock, a multi-event athlete from Germany, gained a commanding lead in the heptathlon Saturday which he never gave up. He won the 60-meter dash with top marks, long jump, shot put and tied for first in the pole vault.
The three members of the team might have punched their tickets for the NCAA Indoor Championships with their strong performances at the Big 12 meet. The Championships will bring together the holders of the top marks in each NCAA event and will be held March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.