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.   

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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

Women's 3k, Final 2 - Montoya leads Baylor to 1st ever team title!

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. 

Maurica & Andy Powell To Leave Oregon For University of Washington

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Caster Semenya Is Taking The IAAF To Court

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South African middle-distance star Caster Semenya said Monday that she will challenge the new IAAF rules regarding testosterone regulations.

USATF Women's Distance Preview: All The Big Names Will Be In Des Moines

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There may not be an Olympic Games or World Championships this summer, but there is still a USATF Championship to be contested—which means we get an interesting twist in terms of athletes dabbling in new events, doubling in multiple races, or, inevitably, scratching from the competition mid-meet (cross your fingers we don't get too many of those). 

Katelyn Tuohy Breaks National High School Record For Outdoor Mile In 4:33

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Katelyn Tuohy After 4:33 National High School Mile Record

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Kellyn Taylor Runs 2:24 At Grandma's Marathon, U.S. 7th Fastest All-Time


Kellyn Taylor of HOKA NAZ Elite crushed the Grandma's Marathon event record in 2:24:28 on Saturday to become the seventh-fastest American woman of all-time in any marathon.

Most Of Your Favorite Sprinters Are Skipping USAs

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More than a few top athletes will be absent from the USATF Outdoor Championships this week in Des Moines, Reuters reported today. 

Schwartz, Terry Take 100m Titles At US Juniors

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Anthony Schwartz knows how to race.

The Floodgates Have Opened: A Running List Of College Athletes Turning Pro

It's that time of year: NCAAs are over and the USATF Outdoor Championships are just around the corner. We'll be keeping this page updated throughout the next few weeks to highlight which collegiate stars are turning pro and where they're going. 

Allie Buchalski Joins The Brooks Beasts

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Furman’s Allie Buchalski Closed In 66 For Runner-Up Honors In 5K

Allie Buchalski of Furman has joined the Brooks Beasts training group in Seattle, Washington. She will be coached by Danny Mackey.

House Of Run: A Hayward Swan Song

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Jason and Kevin discuss the 2018 NCAA Championships including USC's unbelievable comeback in the women's 4x400m, the collegiate records from Rai Benjamin and Michael Norman, a bevy of upsets in the men's distance races, Sydney McLaughlin's final race as a collegian and all the other highlights from four thrilling days in Eugene.