Feb. 12, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Candyce McGrone became the fifth Sooner to punch a ticket to the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as she broke the Oklahoma program record in the 200-meter dash Saturday at the Tyson Invitational. McGrone narrowly finished second in the event as both she and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan both finished with identical times of 23.01. In a photo finish, Duncan held McGrone off by one-thousandth of a second, 23.004-23.005.
McGrone broke a year-old Oklahoma record as she cut her PR in the 200 down by three-tenths of a second after running 23.31 at last week’s New Balance Invitational. Current Sooner Scottesha Miller had previously held the record with a time of 23.14 from 2010.
McGrone entered the weekend ranked No. 13 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings and defeated six athletes ranked in front of her including two in her own heat. Going to head-to-head in the event’s first heat, McGrone knocked off No. 5 and 2010 NCAA champion Sheniqua Ferguson (23.53) of Auburn and No. 9 Amber Purvis (23.27) of Oregon.
The women’s invitational high jump saw Chenale Smith clear 5-8.00 (1.73) to finish third overall and second among collegiate athletes. Kristen Rice matched the place in the women’s open high jump, placing third with a height of 5-6.00 (1.68).
Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 200-Meter Dash: 27. Evan Pierson 21.56; 49. Jeremy Rankin 22.12
Men’s Pole Vault: 11. Jake Huddleston 14-7.25 (4.45)
Women’s 200-Meter Dash: 2. Candyce McGrone 23.01; 9. Scottesha Miller 23.59
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay: 17. Cole, McGrone, Rolle, Ejesieme 3:41.90
Women’s Invitational Triple Jump: 9. Jasmine Simmons 41-8.50 (12.71)
Women’s Invitational High Jump: 3. Chenale Smith 5-8.00 (1.73)
Women’s High Jump: 3. Kristen Rice 5-6.00 (1.68)