Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tinch high-point performer; 3 Jayhawks win titles on final day of Big 12 Outdoor Championship


Kansas track & field won three conference crowns on the final day of the 2019 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship at John Jacobs Track & Field Complex in Norman, Oklahoma.

Freshman Cordell Tinch won the first Big 12 110-meter hurdle championship in KU men's history on his way to earning the men's co-high point performer award of the meet. Junior Bryce Hoppel won his third-overall 800-meter Big 12 title and 15th-straight individual race and sophomore Alexandra Emilianov notched back-to-back discus crowns.

Tinch's title in the 110-meter hurdles marked the third trip to the awards stand. After placing seventh in the long jump and third in the high jump on Saturday, as well as qualifying for the 110 hurdles, Tinch first hit the track as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team on Sunday before running to the first Big 12 title in the 110 hurdles in school history. Tinch clocked in at 13.72 seconds in the final for the win, as he tied Iowa State's David Too with 18 points for the co-men's high point performer.

Hoppel, the 2019 Big 12 indoor and NCAA indoor champion in the 800 meters kept his perfect 2019 season going by clocking in at 1:45.95 to win his first Big 12 outdoor title.

Emilianov's discus crown makes her the second repeat Big 12 champion in the event in Kansas history. She joins Jessica Maroszek (2013-14) as the only two-time KU women's champ in the discus. Emilianov won the event on Sunday with a mark of 58.01m (190-4 ft.) on her second throw.


Ross Cargo 1 year, 2 months ago

That would require LJW to extend themselves. They are not going to do that for track & field.

KU has some amazing track athletes, including the indoor NCAA National Champion (800M) Bryce Hoppel, but very little coverage. I was fortunate enough to get to speak with Bryce at this year's Kansas Relays. What an amazingly polite young man. I'm pretty sure he said he was from west Texas, so that was a great steal from Texas, A&M and Tech for KU!

Coincidentally, I also spent some time talking with Alexandra E. Although, I'm pretty sure she goes by Sasha or something else. She is pretty fun and quite colorful.

They could do some profile stories on these kids, but no. The track kids (and I'm sure this is true for the tennis ladies, swimmers and other non-headline sports) are just normal college students that bust their tails to be good at sports without all the hype and glamour.

Rock Chalk tracksters!

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