Feb. 1, 2001
The University of Oklahoma Sooner track and field teams will stay in Norman this weekend to host the inaugural J.D. Martin Invitational at the Mosier Indoor Facility. Field events begin at 10 a.m. with events on the track scheduled to start at 1 p.m. At 12:45 p.m., prior to the first race, a ceremony will be held to honor Martin, the long-time Sooner track coach for whom the meet is named.
A Quality Field
Six teams will join the Sooners in the meet. Coming to Norman are Arkansas State, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern State, Tulsa and Southern Methodist.
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 will begin at 10 a.m. with the men's and women's weight throw and the men's and women's long jump. Shot put will follow the weight throw while the triple jump will follow the long jump. The pole vault will begin at 11 a.m. and the high jump will follow the shot put.
The first race on the track will be the preliminaries in the 60-meter hurdles. Prelims will be held in 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash, all other races will be finals. The final events scheduled for the meet are the women's and men's mile relay, set to begin at 4:30 p.m. and 4:40 p.m.
The Last Time Out
Sophomore Michael Westlund cleared 17-8.5 to finish second in the pole vault competition of the Razorback Invitational. The height by Westlund marked the second week in a row that he had cleared an NCAA provisional height. Seniors Alesha Peel and Bambi Carson also registered NCAA provisional qualifying marks in their specialties to highlight the Sooners' performance in the second day of the Razorback Invitational. Peel finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.35 to post a provisional mark for the second consecutive week. Carson finished second in the shot put with a 50-4.75 to finish second. That mark was a personal best for her.
Several other Sooners had solid performances in the meet inlcuding Brett Corlett, who finished fourth with a vault of 16-2.75, LaBoris Bean, who finished second in the men's unseeded 400-meter dash with a season-best 48.20, Janel Hayes, who jumped a season-best 19-3.25 in the long jump to finish fifth, a third-place finish by Staneshia Bell in the 60-meter dash, a fifth-place finish by Joey Scott in the 60-meter hurdles and a sixth-place finish by LaBoris Bean in that same event, an eighth-place finish by the Sooner women in the 1600-meter relay, and a fourth-place finish in the men's 1600-meter relay.
The Meet's Namesake
J.D. Martin retired from OU following the 1997 season. He had served as OU's head coach for 33 years after competing for the Sooners as a pole vaulter. He coached 22 national champions and countless conference winners. He led Sooner teams to top five NCAA finishes six times and two Big Eight titles. He served as a coach for the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and was meet director for three NCAA Indoor Championships and the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. He has coached Olymic medalists including gold-medal winner Jason Rouser in the 1996 games. NCAA Update Seniors Staneshia Bell, Bambi Carson and Alesha Peel and sophomore Michael Westlund 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. Peel posted her provisional mark (an 8.33 in the 60-meter dash) on Jan. 20. Westlund's first provisional mark (17-6.5) came on Jan. 20 at the Reno Summit. Carson improved her provisional mark to 50-4.75 while Westlund improved his provisional mark to 17-8.5 in action last week.
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, 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.
The Sooners will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the two-day ISU Invitational.