NORMAN, OK — Wil London won his fourth-consecutive Big 12 outdoor title in the 400 meters, and KC Lightfoot won his first in the pole vault on championship Sunday of the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at John Jacobs Track & Field Complex.
“It was a big day for Wil,” head coach Todd Harbour said. We’re super proud for him. We’re super proud for KC. It was a tough battle in that pole vault again, as we knew it would be. Those two guys come out as Big 12 Champions, so we’re proud of them.”
London clocked a time of 45.45 to become just the second athlete in Big 12 history to win the outdoor 400 meters title all four years, joining Baylor’s own Darold Williamson (2002-05) in the exclusive club.
Howard Fields III (46.00) placed fourth, and Matthew Moorer (46.02) took fifth to give the Bears three of the eight All-Big 12 performers in the 400.
In what has become commonplace, KC Lightfoot won the pole vault competition to become the first-ever Baylor athlete to win the event at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. The freshman from Lee’s Summit, Mo., cleared 18-04.50 (5.60m) to make it two-for-two as he added the outdoor title to his indoor title from earlier this year.
Jayson Baldridge stepped up big in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in second place with a time 50.46 to earn All-Big 12. Antwuan Musgrove placed eighth to give Baylor two All-Big 12 performers in the 400mh.
Three of Baylor’s relay teams achieved All-Big 12 status, with the women’s 4x4 placing third, the men’s 4x1 finishing fourth, and the women’s 4x1 taking sixth.
Alex Madlock (triple jump) and Aaliyah Miller (800 meters) both recorded third-place finishes to garner All-Big 12 awards. Madlock recorded a mark of 43-01.50 (13.14m), while Miller ran a time of 2:06.35.
Sarah Yocum and Moorea Long had memorable days as both took home their first-ever All-Big 12 awards. Yocum placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles after running 59.83, while Long posted a mark of 5-5.75 (1.67m) to finish seventh in the high jump.
Sydney Washington ran 11.60 to place fifth and achieve All-Big 12 in the 100 meters, Kennedy Bailey earned All-Big 12 on her birthday in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.59, and Maxwell Willis clocked a time of 21.06 to take sixth and earn All-Big 12 in the 200 meters.
In the men’s triple jump, Jalen Seals took home his second All-Big 12 performance of the weekend with a mark of 51-05.75 (15.69m) to finish eighth.
“We had a lot of solid, all-conference performances,” Harbour said. “There were some people who stepped up who maybe weren’t ranked coming in. As a team, we’re disappointed with how we finished. We just didn’t have a good day across the board in a lot of areas. It’s disappointing. We know that we have to do better than that. I’m happy for the Big 12 winners. Now we have to regroup and get ready for the NCAA first round.”
Next up for the Bears are the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, which will take place May 23-25 in Sacramento, Calif.
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