March 6, 2013
IRVING, Texas -
Baylor track and field's Felix Obi
has been named the Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Outstanding Freshman of the Year as voted on by the league's head coaches and announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Obi, an El Paso, Texas, native, currently owns the fifth-best triple jump in the NCAA this season at 53-feet, 1 inch. That jump, a school-record, helped Obi become the first Baylor men's triple jumper to win a Big 12 Championship title on Feb. 24.
In his first season at Baylor, Obi has set the school's triple jump record a total of three times. He first broke the record at the Razorback Invitational to place third, before turning around two weeks later to better that leap at the Tyson Invitational to be fifth.
Along with his win in the triple jump, Obi took third in the long jump competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. At that meet the freshman tallied a season-best jump of 24-7.25 to currently be ranked No. 35 in the country.
Obi becomes the fourth Baylor male athlete to win the indoor freshman honor, joining Brian Couts (1998), Tre Gardner (1999) and Jacob Norman (2006).
Obi along with several teammates will conclude Baylor's indoor season this weekend by competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
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