March 16, 2001

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- OU junior Sand Swaby opened the 2001 outdoor season with a career-best performance in the College Station Multis, finishing 13th in the gold heptathlon with 4,714 points. Swaby posted four career bests in the event's gold division, including her two-day point total.

Swaby was in fifth place after the first day of action with 3,186 points. She posted that number with a career-best 14.08 in the 100-meter low hurdles and a another career mark with a 33-8.50 in the shot put. She also scored well in the high jump with a 5-7 and in the 200-meter dash with a 25.78. Neither were career marks.

On Friday, she added a career best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:42.88.

Taylor Cates, a transfer to OU from Oklahoma State who is sitting out this year as a transfer, finished second in the bronze heptathlon while competing as an unattached athlete. Cates was third after the first day with 2,805 points, picking up solid points in the 100-meter low hurdles, the high jump and the 200-meter dash. On the second day, she added significant points in the long jump with a 17-4 and in the 800-meter run with a 2:27.79.

Senior Justin Conkling was scheduled to compete in the men's gold decathlon. The 2001 Big 12 indoor heptathlon champion, Conkling injured his hamstring in Thursday's 100-meter dash, the first event of the decathlon, and was unable to finish the competition.

OU will stay in College Station to participate in the College Station Relays on Saturday. Events begin at 11 a.m. with the men's 1600-meter relay scheduled as the final event of the meet. It is set to be run at 6:05 p.m.

COMPLETE RESULTS - College Station Multis, March 15-26, 2001, College Station, Texas

Gold Heptathlon
1. Dee Brown, Arkansas, 5629, 2. Heather Sterlin, Unattached, 5452, 3. Kendra Reimer, Texas A&M, 5426, 4. Jennifer Hoppe, Unattached, 5363, 5. Loren Leverton, Arkansas, 5338, 6. Jamie Walker, Arkansas, 5296, 7. Desi Hudson, Texas A&M, 5273, 8. Lauren Reimer, New Braunfels T.C., 5107, 9. Eli Sommerfeldt, Missouri, 4982, 10. Kerry O'Bric, Baylor, 4957, 11. Michelle Moran, Missouri, 4852, 12. Susie Jones, Sam Houston St., 4846, 13. Sand Swaby, Oklahoma, 4714, 14. Jamie Pew, Centrla Florida, 4647, 15. Fiona Asigbee, Missouri, 4626, 16. Abbe Ohneck, Missouri, 4312.

Breakdown of Swaby's Points
100-meter low hurdles -- 14.08 (967), High Jump -- 5-7 (855), Shot Put -- 33-8.5 (547), 200-meter dash -- 25.78 (817), Long Jump -- 17-0.75 (614), Javelin Throw -- 80-6 (374) , 800-meter run -- 2:42.88 (540).

Bronze Heptathlon
1. Kate Wright, Tarleton State, 4858, 2. Taylor Cates, Unattached, 4592, 3. Carrie Davis, U. Tx.-Arlington, 4504, 4. Jamie Grayzer, Wake Forest, 4487, 5. Tracey Schupp, Stephen F. Austin, 4435, 6. Rachel Jamison, Southwest Tx State, 4390, 7. Koya Webb, Wichita State, 4387, 8. Emily Foltz, Kutztown State, 4330, 9. Jordan Willman, Baylor, 4292, 10. Erica Balderson, Sam Houston St., 4244, 11. Candice Cole, Texas Tech, 4206, 12. Monet Rice, L.S.U., 4188, 13. Britt Yoder, Univ. of N. Texas, 4106, 14. Rhatisha Scott, Univ. of N. Texas, 4047, 15. Annie Householder, Baylor, 4021, 16. Ammia Charles, McMurry, 4019, 17. Ashley Popelka, Southwest Tx State, 3934, 18. Andrea Sellitti, Kutztown State, 3912, 19. Krista Grantham, New Braunfels T.C., 3817, 20. Lori Weaver, Southern Nazarene, 3735, 21. Rachel Burns, Wake Forest, 3717, 22. Bliss Williams, Texas Tech, 3620, 23. Shayann Crabtree, Nicholls State, 3555, 24. Chastity Costanza, Univ. of N. Texas, 3428.

Breakdown of Cates' Points
100-meter low hurdles -- 15.81 (738), High Jump -- 5-1.75 (701), Shot Put -- 35-5.25 (582), 200-meter dash -- 26.15 (784), Long Jump -- 17-4 (637), Javelin Throw -- 90-2 (429), 800-meter run -- 2:27.99 (721).