April 9, 2011
MESA, Ariz. — Oklahoma athletes captured five titles Friday at the Mesa Classic in what is the first of two days of competition in the Phoenix area. The men’s 4x100-meter relay, Conrad Aaron (shot put), Candyce McGrone (100-meter dash), Jasmine Simmons (long jump) and Bailey Wagner (shot put) all finished first in their respective events of the Friday event that will feature many of the same athletes as Saturday’s Sun Angel Track Classic.
Jasmine Simmons used a PR in the women’s long jump to win the event and shatter the Riggs Stadium record in the process. Simmons’ winning jump of 20-4.50 (6.21) came on her fifth attempt as easily she won the event by close to two feet. Entering the weekend, the Riggs Stadium record in the event was 19-9.00 (6.02) before Simmons took it upon herself to change the record books with her winning distance which is the seventh-longest jump in Oklahoma history.
The quartet of Evan Pierson, Mookie Salaam, Marcus Anderson and Remuro Henry teamed to win the men’s 4x100-meter relay in the second event on the track. The foursome clocked a time of 40.45 as the group was never challenged after the first baton exchange.
Wagner claimed the win in the women’s open shot put with a throw of 46-9.50 (14.26). Wagner claimed the win by posting a throw over two feet better than her closest competitor. OU swept the shot put as Conrad Aaron won the men’s with a throw of 55-1.00 (16.79). The throw is Aaron’s second-longest of the season behind last week’s 57-3.00 (17.45).
Oklahoma swept the top two spots in the women’s 100-meter dash as McGrone won the event with a time of 11.50 while Sherine Wells took second with a time of 11.85. McGrone’s winning time shattered an eight-year old Riggs Stadium record of 11.83.
Competing in his first action of the season, Malcolm Anderson finished third overall in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.33. The senior was the top collegiate finisher as two professional athletes with 2009 World Champion Ryan Brathwaite winning the event in a time of 13.83.
OU athletes took two of the top three spots in the women’s 400-meter dash as Shakeeri Cole and Shelleyeka Rolle finished second and third, respectively. Cole clocked a time of 55.81 while Rolle completed the one-lap race in a season-best time of 55.96.
Brittany Borman threw a season best of 185-2 (56.44) in the women’s discus to grab a third-place finish, best among collegiate competitors. Borman’s throw improved on her previous season best by over four feet and is just 11 inches off her Oklahoma program record in the event. The throw is the third longest in the NCAA as the junior will face off against the nation’s top-ranked athlete in the event at tomorrow’s Sun Angel Track Classic.
Landon Sharp improved his height in the men’s high jump by two inches as he finished third with a time of 6-7.00 (2.01). The height equaled the winning the height with number of clearance attempts on earlier heights determining the final top three standings.
Oklahoma Final Results (Mesa Classic)
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles: 3. Malcolm Anderson 14.33
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 1. Evan Pierson, Mookie Salaam, Marcus Anderson, Remuro Henry 40.45
Men’s High Jump: 3. Landon Sharp 6-7.00 (2.01)
Men’s Shot Put: 1. Conrad Aaron 55-1.00 (16.79)
Men’s A Discus: 4. Luke Bryant 182-5 (55.60); 6. K.P. Singh 176-8 (53.86)
Men’s B Discus: 10. Curtis Mulkey 137-5 (41.89)
Women’s 100-Meter Dash: 1. Candyce McGrone 11.50; 2. Sherine Wells 11.85; 11. Kristen Carson 12.33
Women’s 400-Meter Dash: 2. Shakeeri Cole 55.81; 3. Shelleyeka Rolle 55.96
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: 4. Jesica Ejesieme 14.05
Women’s Long Jump: 1. Jasmine Simmons 20-4.50 (6.21)
Women’s Open Shot Put: 1. Bailey Wagner 46-9.50 (14.26)
Women’s Discus: 3. Brittany Borman 185-2 (56.44); 5. Karen Shump 173-4 (52.84); 8. Bailey Wagner 163-0 (49.68); 9. Kelsey Poljansek 162-10 (49.64); 11. Lauren Guerrieri 158-3 (48.23)