Sellers Voted Big 12 Performer of the Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. After capturing the men’s high jump title with a school-record height, Kansas State junior Scott Sellers was voted the Big 12 Men’s Indoor Performer of the Year by a poll of the league’s coaches. The Katy, Texas, native cleared a height of 7-06.00 to notch the top mark in the country among collegiate competitors.


Sellers earned his first Big 12 indoor crown on Saturday to bring his total conference championships to two. As a sophomore, Sellers took the outdoor gold with a mark of 7-07.75, the fourth best in NCAA history and 15th in United States history.


Sellers battled Nebraska’s Dusty Jonas for the title on the second and final day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships from Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday. The two entered the competition tied for the top mark in the country with a height of 7-05.00. Sellers passed over the 7-06.00 bar on his first attempt to improve his previous school record of 7-05.75 from the 2007 ISU Classic. Sellers attempted to tie the top mark in the country at 7-07.25, but missed on each of his three tries.


The Wildcat junior will be competing in the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships from Fayetteville, Ark., as he has automatically qualified on four occasions. The men’s high jump competition is set for Sat., March 15th, at 4:45 p.m.


Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego was voted the Women’s Indoor Performer of the Year, while Texas A&M’s Julian Reed and Jessica Beard earned the Men’s and Women’s Freshman Performer of the Year honors, respectively. Bubba Thornton of Texas was named the Men’s Coach of the Year, while Pat Henry (Texas A&M) earned his second-straight Big 12 Women’s Coach of the Year accolade.