July 1, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Three gymnasts from the University of Oklahoma earned the right to compete at August's U.S. National Championships after faring well at the National Qualifying Meet last Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo. Assistant coach Guard Young, senior Josh Landis and sophomore David Henderson will represent OU at the national meet, to be held in Cleveland from Aug. 7-10, and will attempt to earn a spot on the senior national team.
With a score of 54.450, Young narrowly finished second in the all-around to national champion Blaine Wilson. The OU assistant coach placed in the top 10 in four of six events, including third on the parallel bars and fifth on both the pommel horse and vault. Landis won the pommel horse competition with a score of 9.350 and qualified for the national championships in four events. Henderson finished 18th overall to advance to the national meet.
"This was one of the most competitive U.S. Qualifiers that I can remember, so I'm really proud of the way our guys performed," beamed Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams. "I was very pleased with Guard (Young)'s showing and David (Henderson) has worked so hard. He was very consistent and just did a great job. It was a tremendous accomplishment for Josh (Landis) as well, so we're excited for next month's national championships."
Senior Shannon Carrion, juniors Jock Stevens and Heath Mueller and sophomore Josh Gore also took part in the qualifying event.
In addition, OU signees Curtis O'Rorke (Moore, Okla.) and Jamie Henderson (Crosby, Texas) qualified for the U.S. Junior National Championships, also to be held in Cleveland from Aug. 7-10. Jamie Henderson is the younger brother of David Henderson.