Baylor Track & Field Sweeps Big 12 Athlete of the Week Honors

Posted at 9:29 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 22:29:48-04

Baylor track and field athletes Cion Hicks and Ryan Womack were named the Big 12 Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.

Hicks and Womack are the first Bears to sweep the conference’s outdoor honors since Taylor Bennett and Wil London accomplished the feat on April 13, 2016.

It is the first career outdoor honor for each of the athletes. In total, Baylor track and field athletes have now won three weekly awards from the Big 12 this year. Freshman Aaliyah Miller was recognized with an indoor athlete of the week honor on Jan. 24.

Hicks, a senior, won both the shot put and discus titles over the weekend at the Roadrunners Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. On Friday, she won the shot put crown with a top throw of 55-5.75 [16.91m] on her second attempt. The throw ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and is the No. 5 mark in the NCAA for 2017.

Hicks returned on Saturday to win the discus title with a best attempt of 176-7 [53.83m]. She now owns the conference’s second-best mark and the No. 13 throw in the country for the current outdoor season.

Since 2001, seven different Baylor women have won 10 outdoor weekly awards.

Womack established the top pole vault mark in the Big 12 and the NCAA’s fifth-best clearance in 2017 at the Roadrunners Invitational Saturday. He finished second in the competition by vaulting 17-4.5 [5.30m]. That mark is BU’s best clearance since 2002.

Over 13 years of the outdoor award's existence, Baylor has had nine male athletes honored 13 times.

Baylor's athletes are currently in an action at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by Spectrum, in Austin, Texas, through Saturday.