Feb. 24, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma Track and Field program is set to compete in this weekend’s Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb., where the No. 9 Oklahoma men look to defend their 2010 Big 12 title and the No. 8 OU women look to improve on a program-best fourth place finish in 2010.
The two-day meet begins Friday in the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. A total of 12 teams ranked in the top 25 of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings will compete in the event, six in each of the men’s and women’s divisions.
Oklahoma enters the meet with three individual defending Big 12 champions in Mookie Salaam (60-meter dash), Karen Shump (shot put) and K.P. Singh (weight throw). All three enter the meet leading the Big 12 in their respective events with Salaam leading the nation in the 60-meter dash. Not far behind is Shump who is No. 2 in the USTFCCCA national rankings while Singh is No. 4 nationally in the weight throw. Salaam is also ranked fifth nationally in the 200-meter dash, an event he leads the Big 12 in as well.
Oklahoma also holds the top two spots in the women’s shot put where TIa Brooks, ranked fifth nationally, is one spot behind Shump. Both sophomores have recorded NCAA automatic qualifying throws in the event this season. The Oklahoma men will look to the 5,000-meter run for points where George Alex and Kevin Schwab rank first and second, respectively, in the Big 12 with Bill Kogel at No. 5.
The women’s 60-meter dash Big 12 rankings contain three Sooners in the top five as Candyce McGrone, Scottesha Miiller and Shawna Anderson rank third through fifth, respectively, while McGrone is the third-ranked Big 12 runner in the 200-meter dash. Like the women’s 60, the men’s 3,000-meter run contains OU athletes in third, fourth and fifth as Kevin Williams, Schwab and Alex all hold rank. On the women’s side of the 3K, junior Jessica Engel holds the No. 5 spot.
The BIg 12 men’s 600-yard run features OU’s Eric Bailey at No. 3 in the conference as does the men’s mile as Frezer Legesse sits in the third spot of the Big 12. Both the men’s 4x400 and distance medley relay are third in the conference entering the meet while the women’s DMR sits at No. 4.
First-year Sooner Alexandra Acker is the No. 3 pole vaulter on the women’s side while TI’Anca Mock (long jump) and Jasmine Simmons (triple jump) both hold down the No. 4 spots in their respective events.
A full recap of each day’s action will be available on SoonerSports.com.