Jan. 22, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- Karen Shump highlighted Oklahoma action Saturday at the J.D. Martin Invitational as she automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put in her first action of the season. Shump was one of six Sooners to win individual events as the program collected a total of 18 top-three finishes inside the Mosier Indoor Center.
Shump entered the weekend ranked No. 1 nationally in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings and extended her own program record with a throw of 56-10.75 (17.34) on her third attempt. Already the OU record holder in the shot put, Shump beat her previous best of 56-7.50 (17.26) by over three inches. Shump held off SMU's Simone du Toit who finished second with a throw of 56-9.50 (17.31). Shump has won the last two J.D. Martin Invitational shot put titles as her winninng throw also eclipsed an eight-year old meet record of 55-2.75 (16.83).
Shump was joined in the top three by Tia Brooks as Oklahoma athletes claimed four of the top five spots. Brooks was third with a throw of 54-6.75 (16.63) Brittany Borman was fourth with a personal best throw of 49-10.50 (15.20) while newcomer Bailey Wagner was fifth with a throw 49-6.50 (15.10). Borman's throw is the sixth longest in program history while Wagner's is the seventh longest.
OU swept the top three spots of the women's 60-meter dash with Scottesha Miller leading the way with a time of 7.33. Miller, whose time is the seventh fastest in the nation, was followed across the line by Shawna Anderson (7.40) and Candyce McGrone (7.45). Anderson's time ranks fifth in OU history.
Ti'Anca Mock claimed first in the women's long jump for her second long jump title in as many weeks. The senior took first with a jump of 19-8.75 (6.01) one week after winning the event at the Texas A&M Challenge with a jump of 19-10.25 (6.05). Jasmine Simmons took second in the event with a season best jump of 19-7.00 (5.97) while Kristen Carson also improved her season mark with a jump of 18-6.00 (5.64) to finish fourth.
Like Mock, Chenale Smith won a title for the second straight week as she finished first in the high jump with a personal-best height of 5-8.75 (1.75). Smith has improved each of the first three weeks of the season, winning last week's Texas A&M Challenge by clearing 5-7.75 (1.72). Smith's height is the 10th best in Oklahoma history and ties Katherine Johnson (2007) for the best mark in the Martin Smith era. OU swept the top two spots in the event as Kristen Rice cleared a season-best 5-7.00 (1.70) to finish second. Chelsea Goodman was fifth in the event at 5-5.00 (1.65).
In his first meet of the season, K.P. Singh was just an inch away from a new personal best as he finished third overall with a throw of 69-2.75 (21.10). Singh finished first among collegiate competitors as European hammer throw champion Libor Charfreitag set a meet record with a throw of 80-5.00 (24.51) to win the event.
Also competing in his first meet of the season, Conrad Aaron recorded a personal best en route to winning the men's shot put title with a throw of 56-11.50 (17.36). Aaron's throw is the ninth-best in OU history.
Oklahoma swept the top two spots in the women's pole vault as Sarah Pappas won the event with a height of 12-9.50 (3.90) while Alexandra Acker was second at 12-5.50 (3.80). Both athletes entered into the competition with the bar at 12-1.50 (3.70) Both cleared the bar at that height and 12-5.50 (3.80) before Pappas was able to clear 12-9.50 (3.90) on her third and final attempt at the height.
Despite withdrawing from the final of the men's 60-meter dash, Mookie Salaam still managed to run a personal best in the prelims of the event, running the event's fastest time of 6.67, bettering his 2010 Big 12 title time of 6.68. The time is the third fastest in the nation as Saturday's race was Salaam's first of the season at the distance. Jeremy Rankin clocked the 10th-fastest time in OU history, 6.83, to finish fourth in the finals.
The women's 60-meter hurdles came down to a photo finish with North Texas' Alysha Adams narrowly edging OU's Latoya Greaves with a time of 8.395 to Greaves' 8.400. Freshman Jesica Ejesieme finished third in the event for the Sooners after clocking a PR in both the prelims (8.84) and the finals (8.68) of the event. Ejesieme's final time is the seventh fastest in program history.
Shelleyeka Rolle claimed second in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:24.36. Rolle was less than a second off the winning time of 1:23.82 run by Tulsa's Jennifer Mace.
The women's weight throw saw Bailey Wagner record the second-longest throw in Oklahoma history with a throw of 55-2.25 (16.82) to finish third. Angel Togafau had a throw of 54-3.25 (16.54), the third-longest throw in program history, finishing fourth.
Oklahoma returns to action next week at the Texas A&M Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge presented by Mondo America. The two-day event kicks off Friday at 6 p.m.
Oklahoma Final Results:
Women's 60-Meter Dash: 1. Scottesha Miller 7.33; 2. Shawna Anderson 7.40; 3. Candyce McGrone 7.45; 6. Jasmine Simmons 7.59; 10. Kristen Carson 7.79; 11. Ti'Anca Mock 7.93.
Women's 400-Meter Dash: 8. Chikodinaka Okoye 1:02.58
Women's 600-Yard Run: 2. Shelleyeka Rolle 1:24.36
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles: 2. Latoya Greaves 8.40; 3. Jesica Ejesieme 8.68
Women's High Jump: 1. Chenale Smith 5-8.75 (1.75); 2. Kristen Rice 5-7.00 (1.70); 5. Chelsea Goodman 5-5.00 (1.65)
Women's Pole Vault: 1. Sarah Pappas 12-9.50 (3.90); 2. Alexandra Acker 12-5.50 (3.80); 5. Jacy Bennett 11-0.25 (3.36); 5. Morgan Nichols 11-0.25 (3.36); 8. Ashley Kowalewski 10-2.75 (3.12)
Women's Long Jump: 1. Ti'Anca Mock 19-8.75 (6.01); 2. Jasmine Simmons 19-7.00 (5.97); 4. Kristen Carson 18-6.00 (5.64)
Women's Shot Put: 1. Karen Shump 56-10.75 (17.34); 3. Tia Brooks 54-6.75 (16.63); 4. Brittany Borman 49-10.50 (15.20); 5. Bailey Wagner 49-6.50 (15.10)
Women's Weight Throw: 3. Bailey Wagner 55-2.25 (16.82); 4. Angel Togafau 54-3.25 (16.54)
Men's 60-Meter Dash: 4. Jeremy Rankin 6.83; 5. Evan Pierson 6.85; DNS-Final - Mookie Salaam 6.67
Men's 600-Yard Run: 4. Trayvion Jones 1:13.81; 5. Marcus Anderson 1:14.22; 11. Nathaniel Winfrey 1:16.66
Men's 800-Meter Run: 8. Patrick Gomez 1:59.74; 9. Ross Larimer 2:01.05
Men's 1,000-Meter Run: 9. Patrick Gomez 2:31.53; 10. Ross Larimer 2:33.06
Men's 60-Meter Hurdles: 2. Nathaniel Winfrey 8.30
Men's High Jump: 4. Landon Sharp 6-4.75 (1.95)
Men's Pole Vault: 5. Jake Huddleston 14-0.00 (4.27)
Men's Long Jump: 6. Alex Madkins 22-6.25 (6.86)
Men's Shot Put: 1. Conrad Aaron 56-11.50 (17.36)
Men's Weight Throw: 3. K.P. Singh 69-2.75 (21.10)