Acker Breaks OU Record, Salaam Clocks Nation's Best

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 16, 2011

April 16, 2011

Complete Results

NORMAN, Okla. — Alexandra Acker broke the Oklahoma program record in the women’s pole vault while Mookie Salaam clocked the nation’s fastest 200-meter dash to lead the 12 Sooners who captured titles Saturday at the John Jacobs Invitational. Competing in front of a home crowd, Acker shattered the previous record by three and three-quarter inches.

The first-year Sooner who transferred to Oklahoma from West Virginia prior to the 2011 season cleared 13-7.25 on just her second attempt after tying the previous mark of 13-3.50 (4.05) set by Leslie Dunlap in 2001 on just one attempt. The junior finished first among collegiate athletes and second among all athletes as former Arkansas All-American Katie Stripling equaled Acker’s mark but took just one attempt to clear the bar at that height.

Mookie Salaam opened his outdoor season with wins in the 100-meter  and 200-meter dash, clocking a nation-leading time and PR in the 200 in the process. The NCAA indoor champion in the 200-meter dash reeled off an outdoor 200 time of 20.27, easily bettering his previous best of 20.41 and bettering the nation’s leading time heading into the weekend by nine-hundredths of a second. The time is the second best in Oklahoma history and trails just the 20.24 run by David Oaks in 1994.

Running against a headwind in the 100-meter dash, the Salaam also grabbed a time of 10.33, which ranks fourth in the Big 12. Salaam’s PR in the event is 10.25.

It was an Oklahoma sweep in the 200-meter dash as OU’s Candyce McGrone won the women’s side with a time of 22.86, which ranks second nationally and first among Big 12 athletes. The junior’s time would rank third in Oklahoma history had it not been run with a 3.3 meters-per-second tailwind.

Jasmine Simmons captured a triple jump title for the second straight week as she won Saturday’s event with a season-best distance of 41-3.75 (12.59). Simmons led the event wire-to-wire, winning by over a foot after winning the triple jump at last week’s Sun Angel Track Classic.

Like Simmons, Brittany Borman picked up her second title in as many weeks and her overall title of the season by winning the women’s discus with a throw of 183-6 (55.93). The throw is Borman’s second longest of the season as she broke a three-year old meet record in the process by winning the event by over 11 feet.

The OU women’s 4x100-meter relay of Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Jasmine Simmons and Candyce McGrone clocked its season-best time of 44.56 to snap a six-year old meet record en route to winning the event. The time is the second-best time this season for the foursome who entered the weekend ranked No. 16 nationally.

K.P. Singh claimed his third title of the season Friday afternoon in the men’s hammer throw. Singh’s launched the implement a distance of 210-0 (64.00) on his opening attempt to claim the win from the very start. The throw is his third longest of the season for the No. 9 athlete in the event. Holden Mitchell threw a PR of 179-5 (54.68) to take fourth in the event.

Ben Latham claimed his first title of the season as he won the men’s javelin with a top throw of 183-3 (55.86). The junior led the event from wire-to-wire with a throw that would have won the event on his first attempt.

Conrad Aaron had his second-best throw of the season in the men’s shot put to win the event, recording a throw of 56-1.25 (17.10). The win is Aaron’s second in as many weeks after winning last week’s Mesa Classic. The sophomore claimed his winning throw on his second attempt after sitting in second after the first round of throws.

The women’s shot put saw Sooners sweep the top three spots of the event as Karen Shump became the third OU thrower to win a women’s shot put title with a top throw of 55-0.75 (16.78). Tia Brooks was second with a throw of 54-2.00 (16.51) while Bailey Wagner was third with a throw of 46-6.00 (14.17). All three have won shot put titles throughout this season.

Chenale Smith won her first event of the outdoor season with her second-best clearance of the season in the women’s high jump, clearing the bar at 5-7.25 (1.71). Smith was one of two Sooners in the top two as Kristen Rice was second with a clearance of 5-5.25 (1.66).

The Oklahoma men’s 4x100-meter relay of Eric Bailey, Mookie Salaam, Marcus Anderson and Remuro Henry clocked a season-best time of 40.26 to finish second in the event behind Barton County who broke a 27-year old meet record in the event with a winning time of 39.40. OU’s time ranks fourth in the Big 12 Conference. OU athletes in the women’s 4x-100-meter relay clocked their second-fastest time of the season with a time of 44.56 as Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Jasmine Simmons and Candyce McGrone claimed the win in the event.

In the longer relay, the quartet of Trayvion Jones, Henry, Anderson and Bailey claimed the win in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:10.59 which ranks fifth in the Big 12. On the women’s side, Shakeeri Cole, McGrone, Shelleyeka Rolle and Wells finished second in the event with a time of 3:38.73, their fastest time of the year.

Jones also was in action on the track in the 400-meter hurdles where he finished second with a time of 53.36, his second-fastest time of the season. The women’s 400-meter hurdles also saw an Oklahoma athlete take second as Rolle clocked a season-best time of 1:01.34, to place her name on the Oklahoma performance list with the 10th-fastest time in program history.

Friday afternoon saw the men’s invitational discus take advantage of the strong winds in the Norman area. The field featured four collegiate athletes and two post-collegiate athletes with OU athletes claiming the top two spots among the collegiate crowd. Luke Bryant led the way with a third-place finish with a season-best throw of 191-5 (58.35). The throw is the seventh longest in the nation. Singh was fourth in the event with a personal-best throw of 185-9 (56.61). The throw is the sixth best in program history for the senior.

Latoya Greaves opened her season with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.75. Freshman Jesica Ejesieme improved her season time to 13.91.

Angel Togafau used a personal best of 175-0 (53.33) to finish third in the women’s hammer throw. The first-year Sooner now owns the second-longest throw in Oklahoma history with the result.

Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 100-Meter Dash: 1. Mookie Salaam 10.33; 3. Marcus Anderson 10.92
Men’s 200-Meter Dash: 1. Mookie Salaam 20.27, 8. Remuro Henry 21.57, 17. Marcus Anderson 21.89, 29. D’Andre Fisher 25.25
Men’s 400-Meter Dash: 10. Eric Bailey 47.98; 18. Daniel Nix 49.00
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles: 5. Malcolm Anderson 14.05; 8. Nathaniel Winfrey 14.78
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles: 2. Trayvion Jones 53.36, 8. Nathaniel Winfrey 54.53
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 2. Eric Bailey, Mookie Salaam, Marcus Anderson, Remuro Henry 40.26
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay: 1. Trayvion Jones, Remuro Henry, Marcus Anderson, Eric Bailey 3:10.59
Men’s High Jump: 4. Landon Sharp 6-6.00 (1.98)
Men’s Pole Vault: 9. Jake Huddleston 14-9.25 (4.50)
Men’s Shot Put: 1. Conrad Aaron 56-1.25 (17.10)
Men’s Invitational Discus Throw: 3. Luke Bryant 191-5 (58.35); 4. K.P. Singh 185-9 (56.61)
Men’s Discus Throw: 8. Curtis Mulkey 154-11 (47.23)
Men’s Hammer Throw: 1. K.P. Singh 210-0 (64.00); 4. Holden Mitchell 179-5 (54.68)
Men’s Javelin Throw: 1. Ben Latham 183-3 (55.86)
Women’s 100-Meter Dash: 7. Kristen Carson 12.22
Women’s 200-Meter Dash: 1. Candyce McGrone 22.86, 5. Sherine Wells 23.70, 6. Shawna Anderson 23.78, 19. Kristen Carson 24.82, 25. Claire McConnell 25.97
Women’s 400-Meter Dash: 6. Shakeeri Cole 54.96
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: 2. Latoya Greaves 13.75; 5. Jesica Ejesieme 13.91; 9. Claire McConnell 14.86
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles: 2. Shelleyeka Rolle 1:01.34, 4. Jesica Ejesieme 1:02.77
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 1. Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Jasmine Simmons, Candyce McGrone 44.56
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay: 2. Shakeeri Cole, Candyce McGrone, Shelleyeka Rolle, Sherine Wells 3:38.73
Women’s High Jump: 1. Chenale Smith 5-7.25 (1.71); 2. Kristen Rice 5-5.25 (1.66); 5. Claire McConnell 5-1.25 (1.56)
Women’s Pole Vault: 2. Alexandra Acker 13-7.25 (4.15); 9. Jacy Bennett 11-3.75 (3.45); 11. Morgan Nichols 11-3.75 (3.45); 15. Carli Wester 10-10.00 (3.30)
Women’s Long Jump: 4. Kristen Carson 18-8.50 (5.70)
Women’s Triple Jump: 1. Jasmine Simmons 41-3.75 (12.59)
Women’s Shot Put: 1. Karen Shump 55-0.75 (16.78); 2. Tia Brooks 54-2.00 (16.51); 3. Bailey Wagner 46-6.00 (14.17); 10. Claire McConnell 34-7.50 (10.55)
Women’s Discus Throw: 1. Brittany Borman 183-6 (55.93); 3. Karen Shump 167-5 (51.04);  4. Kelsey Poljansek 163-10 (49.94); 5. Bailey Wagner 160-6 (48.93); 6. Lauren Guerrieri 149-7 (45.59)
Women’s Hammer Throw: 3. Angel Togafau 175-0 (53.33); 6. Bailey Wagner 154-3 (47.01)



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