March 22, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The third-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team (17-1) defeated five teams tonight en route to their fourth-consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior Daniel Furney led the way with a second place finish in the all-around (53.850) and first place finish on the parallel bars (9.200).
"It was a pretty hard-fought meet," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "I feel good about where we are, but as we continue to improve we look forward to the NCAAs."
Junior Josh Landis took first on the floor exercise (9.200) and second on the pommel horse (9.475). Senior Ryan Hillyer, competing in only his fourth meet of the year, took second on the high bar with a career-high 9.350. Junior Brett Covey, who ranks third on the rings, tied for second with a 9.650. Freshman Josh Gore placed fifth on the pommels (8.950) and tied for fifth on the floor exercise (8.850).
The Sooners will be vying for individual conference titles at 2 p.m. Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., before returning to Norman for the NCAA Men's Gymnastics National Championships held at the Lloyd Noble Center April 4-6.