Westlund, Dunlap Win Pole Vault Titles At Nebraska Qualifier

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 03, 2001

March 3, 2001

LINCOLN, Neb. - Freshman Leslie Dunlap won her second pole vault title in two days and sophomore Michael Westlund won the men's pole vault title at the Nebraska Qualifier on Saturday.

Dunlap, who won the ISU Qualifier on Friday with a season-best effort of 12-10.75, cleared 12-6.25 to win in Lincoln. Westlund, who did not compete on Friday, won with a vault of 17-7. Neither improved previously posted NCAA provisional marks.

Moses Washington, who ran the second leg of OU's provisional qualifying 1600-meter relay on Friday, finished fifth with a 1:51.58, a season-best time for him but three seconds short of the NCAA automatic qualifying time.

Today marked the final day for student-athletes to post marks to be considered for the NCAA Indoor Championships, except for conference championships which extend to Sunday. Final declarations of entries will be made on Monday with a final listing of student-athletes who have been invited to participate being released Monday evening. A total of 270 competitors each for the men and women are allowed in the NCAA Indoor Championship. All athletes who have met automatic qualifying marks will be included and the remainder of the field will be filled with student-athletes who have met provisional standards.

As of today, OU has one automatic qualifer, senior Bambi Carson who won the ISU qualifier on Friday with a automatic mark of 53-3 which ranked her fifth in the country on Friday. The men's 1600-meter relay, Ernest Lewis, Washington, Raoul Harvey and LaBoris Bean, ran a 3:06.98 on Friday. While that time is not an automatic mark, it puts the Sooners fourth on the national ranking list (third after a second Baylor team is taken out). Senior Alesha Peel, who has an NCAA provisional time of 8.19, is currently ranked seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with all ahead of her having posted NCAA automatic times.

Others Sooners who are waiting for the committee to call include Staneshia Bell in the (32nd in the 60-meter dash), Lewis (17th in the 400-meter dash), Joey Scott (29th in the 60-meter hurdles), Janel Hayes (20th in the long jump, Dunlap (19th in the pole vault), and Westlund (7th in the pole vault). Two other Sooners, Jimyria Hicks in the 200 and Bean in the 400-meter dash, posted their first NCAA provisional times on Friday. They would show up tied for 31st and 22nd respectively as of the list released Friday afternoon. Additionally, Scott's time improved him to a tie for 26th, Dunlap's vault Friday mover to 15th, and Hayes improved to 19th with her effort on Friday.

OU Results

Men's 800-Meter Run -- 5. Moses Washington, 1:51.58
Women's Pole Vault -- 1. Leslie Dunlap, 12-6.25
Men's Pole Vault -- 1. Michael Westlund, 17-7



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