April 21, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams closed out the weekend of competition with 10 athletes setting new collegiate bests and 16 Sooners running their best times of the season on Saturday. The squads split as the majority of the team competed at the John McDonnell Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas and several throwers were at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Tia Brooks opened her outdoor season in the women’s shot put invitational elite event at Mt. SAC. Brooks went up against some of the top international and collegiate competitors in the nation and threw 59 feet, six and one quarter inch on her fourth attempt to extend her program record in the event. Her mark is the best in the Big 12 this year and second-best in the NCAA. Brittany Borman was the top collegiate finisher in the women’s javelin invitational elite with a mark of 175-11.
Patrick Gomez took second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the McDonnell Invitational, running a collegiate best nine minutes, eight seconds. Gomez led the race until ULM’s Daniel Mutai overtook him with 50 meters to go. His time is the ninth best in program history. Daniel Nicolls was fourth.
Sherine Wells took second in the women’s 100-meter dash final, running 11.63 seconds. Wells qualified for the final with a season-best time of 11.67 seconds. Shawna Anderson was fourth in the final (11.87) after qualifying with the fourth-fastest time. Evan Pierson was fourth in the men’s race, running 10.69 seconds.
Wells took third in the women’s 200-meter dash, running 24.11 to win the fifth heat of the event. Anderson was fourth in her heat, finishing 10th overall. Pierson ran a collegiate-best 21.47 seconds to finish fifth in the men’s 200-meter dash.
Molly Ferguson and Hilary Krein each improved on their 1,500-meter run times as Ferguson finished third overall in 4:27.02, the 10th fastest time in program history. Krein surged ahead from the back of the pack to finish fifth in 4:27.97.
Wayne Walls was third in the men's triple jump with a season-best mark of 49-3. Landon Sharp improved his collegiate best in the men’s high jump. Sharp cleared 6-11 on his final attempt to finish fourth in the event.
OU had a trio of runners finish in the top five of the women’s 800-meter run. Shakeeri Cole led the way, running a season’s best 2:08.08 to finish second. Natalie Crain came in third (2:08.85), and Kelsey Brown was fifth with a season-best time of 2:09.40.
Tre Lathan finished third in the men’s 110-meter hurdles final, while Nathaniel Winfrey was eighth. Claire McConnell just missed qualifying for the final of the women’s 100-meter hurdles. McConnell ran a collegiate-best 14.18 seconds to finish 10th overall and fourth in the third heat.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Anderson, Wells, Shelleyeka Rolle and Ti’Anca Mock combined to run a season-best 44.80 seconds to finish third. The team of Pierson, Eric Cray, Ethan Baker and Jamel Wood ran 40.19 to finish third in the men’s section of the event.
Alex Acker cleared a season-best 13-7.25 to finish fourth in the women’s pole vault, while OU’s two other competitors set new collegiate bests in the event. Jacy Bennett leaped 12-5.50 to improve her collegiate mark and move into a tie for the sixth-best mark in program history. Morgan Nichols cleared 11-11.75.
Conrad Aaron finished third in the men’s shot put after throwing 53-6.25 on his first attempt. Alex Madkins jumped 24-4.50 on his second attempt to finish fifth in the men’s long jump. Alex Morgan was OU’s top finisher in the women’s shot put with a collegiate-best 44-3.25. Rylee Rackley finished in sixth just behind Morgan. Ashley Kowalewski finished third in the women’s javelin throw, throwing a collegiate-best 135-6. Kristen Rice cleared 5-7 on to finish fourth in the high jump, while McConnell was fifth.
The Sooners are back in action next weekend at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
John McDonnell Invitational Day Two Results
John McDonnell Field – Fayetteville, Ark. – April 21, 2012
Women’s 100m Dash (prelims): 2. Sherine Wells, 11.67; 4. Shawna Anderson, 11.80; Women’s 100m Dash (final): 2. Sherine Wells, 11.63; 4. Shawna Anderson, 11.87; Men’s 100m Dash (prelims): 2. Evan Pierson, 10.58; Men’s 100m Dash (final): 4. Evan Pierson, 10.69; Women’s 200m Dash: 3. Sherine Wells, 24.11; 10. Shawna Anderson, 24.59; Men’s 200m Dash: 5. Evan Pierson, 21.47; Men’s 400m Dash: 11. Eric Cray, 49.48 Women’s 800m Run: 2. Shakeeri Cole, 2:08.08; 3. Natalie Crain, 2:08.85; 5. Kelsey Brown, 2:09.40; Women’s 1500m Run: 3. Molly Ferguson, 4:27.02; 5. Hilary Krein, 4:27.97; Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: 2. Patrick Gomez, 9:08.00; 4. Daniel Nicolls, 9:17.84; Women’s 4x100m Relay: 3.Anderson, Wells, Rolle, Mock, 44.80; Men’s 4x100m Relay: 3. Pierson, Cray, Baker, Wood, 40.19; Women’s 100m Hurdles (prelims): 10. Claire McConnell, 14.18; Men’s 110m Hurdles (prelims): 3. Tre Lathan, 13.94; 9. Nathaniel Winfrey, 14.66; Men’s 100m Hurdles (final): 3. Tre Lathan, 13.98; 8. Nathaniel Winfrey, 14.64; Women’s High Jump: 4. Kristen Rice, 5-7; 5. Claire McConnell, 5-3; Men’s High Jump: 4. Landon Sharp, 6-11; Women’s Pole Vault: 4. Alex Acker, 13-7.25; 9. Jacy Bennett, 12-5.50; 11. Morgan Nichols, 11-11.75; Men’s Long Jump: 5. Alex Madkins, 24-4.50; Men's Triple Jump: 3. Wayne Walls, 49-3; Women’s Shot Put: 5. Alex Morgan, 44-3.25; 6. Rylee Rackley, 42-10.75; Men’s Shot Put: 3. Conrad Aaron, 53-6.25; Women’s Javelin Throw: 3. Ashley Kowalewski, 135-6
54th annual Mt. SAC Relays Day Three Results
Hilmer-Lodge Stadium – Walnut, Calif. – April 21, 2012
Women’s Shot Put Invitational Elite: 3. Tia Brooks, 59-6.25, program record, old record 59-0.75; Women’s Javelin Throw Invitational Elite: 2. Brittany Borman, 175-11