The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

To prepare, let’s look at some of the best moments from last year’s meet.   

Watch the 2018 Big 12 Championships live on FloTrack

To review the 2016 edition of the meet (which featured Courtney Okolo, Ronnie Baker, and Ryan Crouser among others) check out this recap.

Men’s 1000m: Josh Thompson Does The Double

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Men's 1k, Final

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma State’s Josh Thompson won the mile/1000m double at the Big 12 Championships. The 1000m was particularly impressive. About 90 minutes after he won a tactical mile over his teammate Craig Nowak, Thompson moved away effortlessly from the rest of the field to win 2:22.07. 

Kain Ellis and Matthew Fayers finished second and third in 2:23.55 and 2:23.85, respectively. 

Men’s 5000: Dylan Blankenbaker Kicks Past Hassan Abdi

KICK OF THE WEEK: Blankenbaker Outleans Hassan For Big 12 Title

The Bedlam Series between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State spilled into the men’s 5000m at the 2017 Big 12 Championships. OU’s Dylan Blankenbaker was even with Oklahoma State’s Hassan Abdi in the final straightaway, and neither could shake the other as they approached the finish line. 

It looked at first glance that Abdi got the win, but Blankenbaker’s well-timed lean gave him a 0.02 second victory — 14:22.07 to 14:22.09. Blankenbaker’s performance earned him 10 points for the Sooners and kick of the week honors.

Women’s 800m: Kaela Edwards Leaves Her Mark

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Women's 800m, Final

Before she was showing out on the professional circuit, Kaela Edwards racking up wins at Oklahoma State. In her final indoor conference championships, Edwards ran with the pack for the first portion of the race before blasting away in the final lap. Edwards ran 2:04.77 to finish ahead of Iowa State’s Jasmine Staebler who posted a 2:05.94. 

Two weeks later Edwards finished fourth in the mile at the NCAA indoor championships and Staebler took sixth in the 800m. Edwards has moved on to the professional ranks, and Staebler is just a junior at Iowa State. She’s one to keep an eye on this weekend and at the NCAA championships.   

Women’s 3000m: Baylor Makes History

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With all of the standout individual performances as well as the emphasis on time qualification for nationals, it’s easy to forget about the team race. These are, after all, the conference championships. 

Last year, Baylor won the their first women’s title and they clinched it with a stellar performance in the 3000m. Maggie Montoya, who placed third in the 5000m the night before, took the win in 9:14.68. Her teammates Anna West and Lindsey Bradley finished fourth and fifth, respectively. All total Baylor put up 19 points in the event — clinching the conference championship before the 4x400m. 

Briana Williams Passes Marion Jones' World Age Group Record in 100


Briana Williams just made history. 

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MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.

The New Mexico XC Team Might Score 50 Points At The 2018 NCAA Outdoors

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The New Mexico women have an opportunity to pull off an incredible feat at this year's 2018 Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

Kyron McMaster In The Hurdles, Sang/Goule In The 1500: 49er Classic Preview

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The indoor season hasn’t been over for an entire week and attention has already turned outdoors. This weekend UNC-Charlotte hosts the 49er Classic, a meet that features collegians and professionals all itching to get an early start on their outdoor season. 

On The Run: A Record Bonanza At NCAA Indoors | Episode 78

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Jojo, Grant, and Kevin convene to discuss the lightning-quick 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. The group shares their favorite moment from the meet, the biggest surprise, and the hypothetical scenarios they've wondered the most about.