The defending champions – Nebraska men and Texas A&M women – captured the 2010 Big 12 Track and Field Championships on Sunday at the Audrey J. Walton Track and Field Complex. The Huskers tallied 118 points for their second straight team win, while the Aggies claimed 157 points for their fourth consecutive Big 12 crown, with Nebraska finishing a distant second.
The Huskers entered the 4×400-meter relay with a narrow five-point lead over the Oklahoma Sooners, and unlike the 2010 indoor meet where the Sooners came out on top, the Huskers prevailed with a 118-114 win. NU reeled off a season-best time of 3:08.36 in the relay to finish fifth and put the pressure on the Sooners, who responded with a fourth-place time of 3:06.60.
Head Coach Gary Pepin’s men and women have now combined for a conference-high 22 team titles during the Big 12 era and have won 101 conference titles dating back to the men’s first team title at the 1921 Missouri Valley Outdoor Championships. No men’s team in conference history has ever repeated at the outdoor meet, and the back-to-back wins are the first for the Husker men outdoors since they won the final two Big Eight Outdoor Championships in 1995 and 1996.
The Husker men have now captured a Big 12 high 15 team titles both indoors and outdoors, and are also the head of the class outdoors in the Big 12 with six titles.