May 11, 2001
ABILENE, Texas -- University of Oklahoma pole vaulters dominated the event at the Abilene Christian Open Track and Field Classic on Thursday. Freshman Leslie Dunlap won the women's title with a 12-6, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, and volunteer coach Kurt Hanna won the men's title with an 18-10.25. Sophomore Michael Westlund cleared a season-best 18-0.5 to finish second in the men's pole vault. That mark was also an NCAA provisional mark.
Robin Hanna finished fourth with a season-best of 17-4.5 and Mike McNamara, continuing his comeback from knee surgery, cleared a season-best 17-4.50 in the under 16 qualifying then finished fifth with a 17-0 in the over 16 competition. The 17-4.5 marks for Hanna and McNamara beat the NCAA provisional qualifying mark, the first time for each to bypass the mark this season.
Freshman Jamie Lillie tied for fifth in the women's pole vault with a 10-6 vault.
Moses Washington finished second in the men's 800-meter run with a 1:52.29. Alaina Dearman finished third in the 800-meter run with a 2:17.84.
The Sooners will take a break from competition this weekend for graduation ceremonies at OU before traveling to College Station, Texas, next week for the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The conference meet opens on Wednesday with the multi-event competition and will end on Saturday.
800-Meter Run -- 3. Alaina Dearman, OU, 2:17.84
Pole Vault -- 1. Leslie Dunlap, OU, 12-6 [NCAA provisional], 5. (tie) Jamie Lillie, OU, 10-6
800-Meter Run -- 2. Moses Washington, OU, 1:52.29
Pole Vault (Under 16) -- 1. Mike McNamara, OU, 17-4.5 [NCAA provisional]
Pole Vault (Over 16) -- 1. Kurt Hanna, unatt., 18-10.25, 2. Michael Westlund, OU, 18-0.25 [NCAA provisional], 4. Robin Hanna, 17-4.5 [NCAA provisional], 5. McNamara, 17-0