NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma track and field program continued to add to its 1999 recruiting class today with the announcement of six additions to the team. With the latest six incoming athletes, co-head coaches Jill Lancaster and Rodney Price expect to add 21 new names to next seasons rosters.
The last two seasons, Barton County Community College has won consecutive indoor and outdoor National Junior College Athletic Association titles and LaBoris Bean and Joey Scott have helped lead the Cougars to the crowns. This past year the team ran away with the indoor championships by scoring 183 points, compared to second-place Butler Countys 77. It was more of the same at outdoors when Barton County tallied 140 points to outdistance Central Arizonas 75. A three-time All-American in his sophomore year, Bean was a part of Barton Countys 1600m-relay team which ranked as high as eighth nationally by Track and Field News and claimed the indoor and outdoor titles. In individual events, he clocked a 400m time of 48.98 to earn NJCAA All-America honors during the indoor season and finish fifth. Scott ran a personal-best time of 14.15 in the 110m-hurdles to finish third in the Region VI Championships. He also ran a time of 52.22 in the 400m-hurdles as a freshman at the national outdoor meet. He took third in that event and also finished third in the 55m-hurdles at the indoor national meet as a freshman and a sophomore to become a three-time NJCAA All-American during his career in Great Bend, Kan.
Ameena Austin and Megan Crystal decided to stay close to home when they signed with OU. Austin, a native of Oklahoma City, graduated from Del City High School in May. At the state meet she was a member of the title-winning 4x200m-relay team and the runner-up 4x100m-relay squad. In individual events, she finished second in the 100m with a time of 11.80, the third-best time recorded by any state of Oklahoma athlete on the year. With her help, the Eagles took third in the state in 1999. Crystal will look to add depth to an already talented group of throwers. A product of Woodward High School, she won the state title in the discus and the shot-put in 1999. Her list of achievements includes finishing second at the Great Southwest All-Star Meet in the discus with a mark of 143-8.
Rounding out the list of newly signed Sooners are Aisha Stringer and Dana Hillsman. Stringer, who is the cousin to current OU All-American Moses Washington, attended Killian High School in Miami, Fla. There she was a three-time state cross country champion and finished fourth in the 800m at the state finals in 1999. Every year of her prep career she won the district 800m title. She was also a three time All-State track team selection. Hillsman, who was unable to complete her senior campaign due to injury, had already made a name for herself at Alief Elsik High School in Houston, Texas, by finishing fifth in the triple jump at the 1997 and 1998 state meets. A two-time team captain, she was named the squads most valuable athlete at the conclusion of the 1997 and 1998 seasons.