June 2, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - The foursome of Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis, Aldwyn Sappleton and LaBoris Bean ran a 3:06.20 to finish sixth in the 1600-meter relay on the final day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships. The meet was held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The finish earned the quartet All-America honors for the second year in a row.
Harvey and Bean were part of the relay that earned All-America honors last year in the NCAA Outdoor and Bean earned individual All-America honors on Friday in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.
Baylor won the relay title with a 3:03.89, a time that was. 60 slower than the time OU ran in the semifinal to qualify for the final with the fifth fastest time.
With tonight's points, the Sooner men finished tied for 23rd with 11 points. Tennessee won the men's title, edging Texas Christian 50-49. The Volunteers scored 1 point in the 1600-meter relay to win the title. Southern California edged cross-town rival UCLA for the women's title 64-55. The Sooner women finished in a tie for 40th.
While all the numbers aren't final yet, the Sooners added at least seven men's All-Americans and two women's All-Americans to their school-leading total. In addition to the men's relay and Bean in the 400-meter IH, other Sooners who earned All-America honors included Michael Westlund in the pole vault, Justin Conkling in the decathlon, Bambi Carson in the discus and Janel Hayes in the long jump. For Westlund, it's a repeat from the 2000 outdoor meet and his second in the 2001 season (he also earned the honor during the NCAA Indoor). For Carson, it's her second this season (she was an indoor All-American in the shot put) and the first in school history in the women's discus. Ed Wade was an All-American for the Sooners in the discus in 1988. For Hayes, it's her first All-American award and the program's first in the women's long jump since 1993.
The total of five individual All-Americans may be an all-time best for the Sooner program. In addition to the top eight finishers in each event, the top eight Americans also earn All-America honors. For that reason, the final tally could be higher.