Jan. 25, 2001

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NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma Sooner track and field teams will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to participate in the Razorback Invitational Friday and Saturday. OU was originally scheduled to participate in the Houston Invitational but scheduling problems forced the change.

A Quality Field
In what looks like a mini-conference and NCAA meet, this meet has drawn entries from throughout the U.S. Big 12 schools participating include OU, Oklahoma State and Kansas while the Southeastern Conference will be represented by Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and South Carolina. A total of 21 other collegiate teams as well as four club teams will be participating in the two-day meet.

Marks posted at this meet may be used toward qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championship to be held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Schedule of Events
Action begins at Randall Tyson Track Center, the host site of the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships, at 5 p.m. Friday. The final event Friday is set to begin at 10:05 p.m. The first event Saturday starts at 10 a.m. and the final event is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. The schedule features unseeded and seeded events. Athletes are placed in the events depending on qualifying times/marks.

The Last Time Out
Senior Alesha Peel must really like the Oklahoma Track Classic. For the second year, the Tulsa hurdler posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the Oklahoma Track Classic, hosted by the Sooners on Saturday at the Mosier Indoor Facility. Peel, who had the best time entering the final, took the lead out of the blocks and beat Christine Ohaeri of Texas A&M by .04 seconds. Peel finished with an 8.33 and Ohaeri had an 8.37. Both times passed the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. The 8.33 by Peel was just .01 off her best time of the season last year. Peel was joined in the winner's circle by teammates Sand Swaby, who won the high jump, and Kyle Bookout, who took the shot put.

While most of their teammates stayed in Norman, four Sooner pole vaulters headed to Reno, Nev., for the Reno Summit. Sophomore Michael Westlund finished third in the college elite division with an NCAA provisional effort of 17-6.50. Freshman Leslie Dunlap was 11th in the women's collegiate division with an 11-3.75 while Lindsay Harris finished 14th with an 11-3.75. Brett Corlett recorded no height in the competition.

NCAA Update
In addition to Peel and Westlund, seniors Staneshia Bell and Bambi Carson have posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Bell had a 7.44 in the 60-meter dash and Carson had a 48-10.75 in the shot put to beat the NCAA provisional standard on Dec. 2 at the Oklahoma All Comers Meet.

This Year's Team
The Sooners are coming off a great year with the women finishing fifth in the Big 12 Indoor and the men finishing eighth. The Sooners had four indoor All-Americans and two of those, senior LaBoris Bean and junior Raoul Harvey, are back. The two were members of OU's second-place NCAA 1600-meter relay team. OU also crowned one Big 12 Indoor champion. Staneshia Bell, the first Sooner woman to win a Big 12 indoor title, is back in the sprints. Her title came in the 60-meter dash.

Next Up
The Sooners will return to Norman to host the J.D. Martin Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 3. Action begins at 10 a.m. the Mosier Indoor Facility.