AUSTIN, Texas – No. 4 Texas Track and Field’s Tara Davis was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week for the third time during the outdoor season, the league office announced Wednesday. Davis’ three weekly honors is tied with Brittany Borman (Oklahoma, 2010), Raasin McIntosh (Texas, 2003) and […]
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 4 Texas Track and Field's Tara Davis was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week for the third time during the outdoor season, the league office announced Wednesday. Davis' three weekly honors is tied with Brittany Borman (Oklahoma, 2010), Raasin McIntosh (Texas, 2003) and Austra Skujyte (Kansas State, 2002) for the most in a single outdoor campaign in Big 12 history.
The Agoura Hills, Calif. native produced another historical performance this past weekend at the Texas Invitational, this time doing so in both the women's long jump and 100-meter hurdles.
Davis opened the meet by jumping 6.97m/22-10.5 to win the long jump on Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Her effort was tied for the second-best jump of her career. In addition to nearly clearing the 23-foot mark for the second time this season, Davis added jumps of 6.92m/22-8.5, 6.85m/22-5.75 and 6.77m/22-2.5 in her series. Her top three jumps ranked third (6.97m), ninth (6.92m) and 14th (6.85m) in NCAA history. When coupled with her collegiate-record showing at the Texas Relays in March (7.14m/23-5.25), Davis now owns three of the top-five marks in collegiate history for women's long jumpers. Her performance at the Texas Invitational also rewrote Texas' school record book, as her top four jumps ranked tied for second (6.97m), fourth (6.92m), fifth (6.85m) and sixth (6.77m) in UT history. She now owns the top seven jumps by a woman on Texas record, with all of them coming over the last six weeks.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Davis finished as the top collegian in the field and second overall in a time of 12.75 (-0.3). Her mark moved her to ninth on the world leaderboard this year among wind-legal times. It also helped her jump into a tie for fourth on Texas' top performers list in the event. She was beaten only by world-record holder Keni Harrison in Austin this past weekend. Prior to the Texas Invitational, Davis already ranked first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in the 100-meter hurdles after clocking a wind-aided time of 12.61 (+2.6) at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 24.
Davis is the first Big 12 woman to win Outdoor Athlete of the Week honors as an individual in consecutive weeks since Colorado's Jenny Barringer in 2009. She is only the fourth woman to achieve the feat on Big 12 record. Kansas State's Breanna Eveland and Austra Skujyte also did so during the 2005 and 2002 season, respectively.
Wednesday marks the sixth Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor for a Longhorns this season, with five coming from the UT women. Previously, O'Brien Wasome and Elena Bruckner swept the honors on March 10 following the Longhorn Invitational. Davis then earned the honor on March 31 after her collegiate-record long jump at the Texas Relays. Kynnedy Flannel earned the nod on April 7 after a dual meet vs. No. 6 Texas A&M in Austin, and Davis' second came one week ago after her wind-aided hurdles time in Baton Rouge, La.
2021 Big 12 Outdoor Athletes of the Week
Date – Men's Recipient, School / Women's Recipient, School
March 10 – O'Brien Wasome, Texas / Elena Bruckner, Texas
March 24 – Robert Gregory, Jr., TCU / Destiny Longmire, TCU
March 31 – KC Lightfoot, Baylor / Tara Davis, Texas
April 7 – Wesley Kiptoo, Iowa State / Kynnedy Flannel, Texas
April 14 – Zach Bradford, Kansas / Ruth Usoro, Texas Tech
April 21 – Zach Bradford, Kansas / Aaliyah Miller, Baylor
April 28 – Roshon Roomes, Iowa State / Tara Davis, Texas
May 4 – Isaiah Levingston, Oklahoma / Tara Davis, Texas