O’Brien Wasome wins Big 12 long jump title

Jamaican and University of Texas’ athlete O’Brien Wasome recorded a personal best to win the men’s long jump at 2020 Big 12 Indoor Championship.

Wasome, known best for his expertise in the triple jump, found himself sitting in third place entering the final round and needing to post a personal-best mark to win his first Big 12 indoor long jump title. Wasome did just that, launching himself a collegiate-best 8.00m, on the last jump of the day to win the Big 12 title.

Wasome’s title-winning mark made him the third-best indoor long jumper in school history and was the fifth-best individual performance overall. He joins Marquise Goodwin and Steffin McCarter as the only Longhorns to clear the eight-meter mark indoors. Wasome is also the sixth Longhorn (seventh instance) to win a Big 12 long jump title indoors.

Justin Hall of Texas Tech got second with 7.88 and Rayon Allen of Oklahoma, third in 7.70m.

Meanwhile, Julien Alfred of the University of Texas is the fastest qualifier in the women’s 60m dash with 7.26. Aaliyah Birmingham of Oklahoma State is the next best with 7.27 and Gabrielle McDonald, third with 7.34.

In the 200m, Alfred with 23.69 is the third fastest behind her Texas Longhorn teammates Kynnedy Flannel, 23.49 and Kennedy Simon, 23.64.

TJ Brock Jr of TCU is the fastest male with 6.67 while Micaiah Harris of Texas 20.92 is the fastest going into the 200m final.

Texas Longhorns’ Stacey-Ann Williams, formerly of STETHS, is the second-fastest 400m qualifier with 53.48. Kennedy Simon, Williams’ teammate, leads with 52.45.

Derrick Mokaleng of TCU leads the male 4090m with 46.56.

Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech won the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.54. Destiny Longmire of TCU was second in 6.39m.

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