June 25, 2001

Norman, Okla. - Jimyria Hicks finished fifth in the 200-meter dash with a 23.56 to earn a spot on the U.S team heading to the World University Games to be held in Beijing, China, Aug. 22-31. Hicks also earned All-America honors with the finish. She was the highest finishing collegian in the 200-meter field.

Hicks, who had finished fifth in her heat in the semifinals of the 100-meter dash, had already earned a possible spot on the U.S. team as a member of a relay before getting the spot with her finish in the 200.

Former Sooner Alesha Peel finished 12th in the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday after advancing with a 13.30 in the preliminaries. Her time in the semifinal was a 13.62.

Volunteer assistant coach Kurt Hanna finished fifth to earn All-America honors in the pole vault. He cleared 18-2.5 to tie Brian Hunter of Texas. Hanna cleared the first two heights on his first attempt, then missed on three attempts at 18-6.5.

A serious thunderstorm provided the biggest challenge for all the Sooners who competed in the meet. The OU contingent, including LaBoris Bean, Bambi Carson and coaches Pete Kron and Shannon Atkinson as well as Hicks, Peel and Hanna, made it to Denver on Wednesday just before a serious thunderstorm moved through with hail that damaged the plane the Sooners were to take to Portland. After repairs to the plane and waiting through another storm, the OU athletes and coaches were on their way, arriving in Portland around midnight. However, the Sooners' luggage was delayed for two days, forcing the OU athletes to borrow equipment and compete in newly purchased shoes and uniforms.