BOULDER, Colo. – The Colorado men and Texas A&M women's teams were crowned champions of the 2008 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the final day of competition at Potts Field in Boulder, Colo. The Colorado men's squad scored 138 points while the Texas A&M women's team scored the high-point total of 157 on the weekend.
The A&M women captured their second consecutive Big 12 outdoor title while the Colorado men claimed its first ever championship. The Buffs are currently ranked No. 11 while the Aggies own the nation's No. 3 ranking in the lastest USTFCCCA rankings.
The CU men, who earned 81 points in distance events were crowned champions in won four titles on the weekend. On day one, the Buffs dominated the men's 10,000-meter race by placing five of its six competitors in the top five spots. The five Buffs all finished within five seconds of each other with Kenyon Neuman leading the way with a time 30:40.78. James Begley beat out a pair of A&M athletes to win the discus throw with a distance of 173'-1″ (52.77m) while Billy Nelson defended his 3,000-meter steeplechase by recording the fastest time recorded on Colorado soil (8:53.84). Brent Vaughn, the nation's top runner in the 5,000-meter run, became the first Big 12 performer to win three titles in the event.