April 23, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Annie Martin shattered the Oklahoma record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead a group of OU distance runners and pole vaulters Saturday at the John McDonnell Invitational at the University of Arkansas. Martin won the event en route to eclipsing the previous Oklahoma record by over 20 seconds winning with a time of 10:33.83.
Martin's performance, which ranks fourth in the Big 12, shattered the previous program record of 10:54.62 set by Jennifer Leonard in 2002. Coincidentally, Martin ran away from the field in almost the same difference in time as Oral Roberts' Kristen Radcliff was second with a time of 10:54.57. The win is Martin's first as a Sooner.
Martin was one of two women's distance athletes to claim titles on the night as Molly Ferguson also ran a PR to win an event. Ferguson crossed the finish line first in the women's 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:29.03 to lower her personal-best time by two seconds and capture her first title of the outdoor season.
Scott Cooper and Chris Sweeney combined to take two of the top three spots in the men's 800-meter run as Cooper turned in a time of 1:49.77 while Sweeney grabbed a PR in the event with a time of 1:50.15. Cooper's time ranks fourth in the Big 12.
In the men's steeplechase, Patrick Gomez clocked a time of 9:22.01 to finish second in the event behind the 9:20.53 run by Lane Boyer. Gomez' time is his second fastest of the season.
One week after breaking the Oklahoma record in the pole vault, Alexandra Acker claimed third overall and second among collegiate competitors in the event Saturday. The junior cleared 13-3.50 (4.05) on her third attempt at the height. Sarah Pappas was fourth, clearing 12-9.50 (3.90).
Freshman Kelsey Brown used her second-best time of the season, 2:09.11, to take third in the women's 800-meter run. Brown was followed closely across the line by teammate Natalie Crain who clocked a PR of 2:09.19 to finish fourth in the event.
Oklahoma Final Results
Men's 800-Meter Run: 2. Scott Cooper 1:49.77; 3. Chris Sweeney 1:50.15
Men's Invitational 1,500-Meter Run: 5. Jacob Boone 3:43.38; 8. George Alex 3:45.02; 10. Bill Kogel 3:47.72; 11. Kevin Williams 3:48.84; 12. Rob Sorrell 3:48.88; 15. Alex Muntefering 3:50.03; 27. Ross Larimer 4:00.04
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 2. Patrick Gomez 9:22.01
Men's Pole Vault: 7. Jake Huddleston 15-7.00 (4.75); 9. Cameron Roffey 15-1.00 (4.60)
Women's 800-Meter Run: 3. Kelsey Brown 2:09.11; 4. Natalie Crain 2:09.19
Women's Invitational 1,500-Meter Run: 1. Molly Ferguson 4:29.03
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 1. Annie Martin 10:33.83
Women's Pole Vault: 3. Alexandra Acker 13-3.50 (4.05); 4. Sarah Pappas 12-9.50 (3.90); 7. Jacy Bennett 11-5.75 (3.50); 8. Ashley Kowalewski 10-9.75 (3.30); 9. Morgan Nichols 10-9.75 (3.30); 11. Carli Wester 10-9.75 (3.30)