May 24, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams opened the NCAA West Preliminary Thursday with Brittany Borman, Tia Brooks and Ti’Anca Mock advancing to the NCAA Championship June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. OU also had eight athletes move on to quarterfinal action in their respective events.
Brooks advanced to the NCAA Championship for a third straight year as she had the top mark overall in the women’s shot put on Thursday afternoon. Brooks’ mark of 60 feet, three and a quarter inch came on her first attempt and was more than two feet better than the next competitor. Brooks enters the NCAA Championship with the nation’s best mark in the event, an Oklahoma program record of 60-7.25.
Borman moved on to Des Moines for a chance to defend her 2011 national title in the javelin. Borman had the third-best mark of the day in the event at 166-11. This marks Borman’s third straight trip to the national meet. She owns the nation’s best mark in the event, an Oklahoma program record 194-11 set at the Sun Angel Classic earlier this year.
Mock advanced to the national meet for a second consecutive year with a wind-aided mark of 20-8.50 on her second attempt. Mock finished in the final qualifying spot of the event. She enters the national meet with a season-best leap of 21-6 recorded at the Texas Relays.
Eric Harasyn won his heat of the men’s 1,500-meter run to lead the way as a trio of Sooners advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. CT. Harasyn ran 3 minutes, 54.30 seconds, while Patrick Casey (3:46.77) had the fastest time amongst OU’s runners. Riley Masters was second in his heat, running 3:50.25.
Eric Cray advanced in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. Cray was second in the first round’s second heat, running 51.55 seconds. His time was the eighth fastest overall. The quarterfinal is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Evan Pierson nabbed the final spot in the men’s 100-meter dash quarterfinal by running a wind-aided 10.44 seconds. Pierson edged out Kansas State’s Carols Rodriguez by one-thousandth of a second to move on to Friday’s quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m. CT. Shawna Anderson also advanced to Friday’s 6:45 p.m. CT quarterfinal in the women’s 100-meter dash with a wind-aided time of 11.39 seconds.
Jamel Wood also moved on making the OU men perfect on the evening in advancing to the quarterfinals. Wood ran 46.66 to finish fourth in his 400-meter dash heat and take 19th overall. That quarterfinal is Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Shakeeri Cole moved on to the women’s 800-meter quarterfinals with a time of 2:08.83. That race is scheduled for Friday at 7:15 p.m. CT.
Alex Madkins closed out his Oklahoma career with a 15th-place finish in the men’s long jump. Madkins’ wind-aided mark of 24-10 was his best jump of the season. Bill Kogel (30:59.58), Aaron Sherf (31:30.38) and Ryan Poland (31:39.52) closed out their seasons in the men’s 10,000-meter run.
Sherine Wells finished outside the qualifying places and did not advance in the 100-meter dash, but she runs in the 200-meter dash first round Friday at 8:25 p.m. CT. Kelsey Brown (1,500), Molly Ferguson (1,500) and Natalie Crain (800) also finished outside the qualifying spots and did not advance. Bailey Wagner barely missed qualifying for the on-site women’s shot put quarterfinal as she was 17th with a throw of 51-4.50.
Oklahoma resumes action at the NCAA West Preliminary Friday at 11 a.m. CT with Wagner, Borman and Lauren Guerrieri competing in the women’s discus throw. A complete schedule and link to live results is available at SoonerSports.com.
NCAA West Preliminary – Day One Results
Mike A. Myers Stadium – Austin, Texas – May 24, 2012
Men’s 100m Dash (first round): 27. Evan Pierson, 10.44w (q); Women’s 100m Dash (first round): 19. Shawna Anderson, 11.39w (q), 37. Sherine Wells, 11.75; Men’s 400m Dash (first round): 19. Jamel Wood, 46.66 (q); Women’s 800m Run (first round): 26. Shakeeri Cole, 2:08.83 (q), 35. Natalie Crain, 2:10.84; Men’s 1500m Run (first round): 4. Eric Harasyn, 3:54.30 (q), 6. Riley Masters, 3:50.25 (q), 17. Patrick Casey, 3:46.77 (q); Women’s 1500m Run (first round): 29. Kelsey Brown, 4:32.45, 31. Molly Ferguson, 4:33.70; Men’s 10000m Run (semifinal): 22. Bill Kogel, 30:59.58, 27. Aaron Sherf, 31:20.38, 36. Ryan Poland, 31:39.52; Men’s 400m Hurdles (first round): 8. Eric Cray, 51.55 (q); Women’s Long Jump (quarterfinal): 12. Ti’Anca Mock, 20-8.50 (Q); Men’s Long Jump (quarterfinal): 15. Alex Madkins, 24-10; Women’s Shot Put (quarterfinal): 1. Tia Brooks, 60-3.75 (Q), 17. Bailey Wagner, 51-4.50; Women’s Javelin (quarterfinal): 3. Brittany Borman, 166-11 (Q); Q = qualified for NCAA Championship; q = qualified for event quarterfinal