Texas wins all-sports title … barely

Texas won the Big 12 all-sports championship for the just completed season. But, it took a lean at the finish line by Bevo to hold off Texas A&M.

The rankings, as compiled by Iowa State Athletics, are based upon regular-season conference standings in 21 sports.

Baseball is the final sport to conclude its regular season and, fittingly, the Longhorns and Aggies tied for the title. Had A&M finished ahead of Texas in the baseball standings (instead of the tie), they ‘d be celebrating the Big 12 all-sports title in College Station.

That is a photo finish.

Iowa State placed ninth, ahead of K-State, Colorado and Kansas. Iowa State’s best-ever finish is eighth (in the first year of Big 12 and last season).

Seven Iowa State sports finished in the first division of the league standings this year. The Wildcats, Buffaloes and Jayhawks combined to produce only eight first-division finishers.

Three Cyclone women’s teams (cross country, golf and volleyball) either set of tied their all-time best league finish in 2010-11.

After finishing dead last in the Big 12 all-sports standings seven times in eight years (between 2002-09), the Cyclones have improved the last two years.

It will be worth watching to see if ISU’s trend of improvement continues next fall.

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