April 24, 1999

NORMAN, Oklahoma - The Sooner men's and women's track and field teams split their squads today to compete in three meets, the 105th Penn Relays, the 90th edition of the Drake Relays as well as the teams final home performance of the season, the Oklahoma Outdoor. The Sooners who stayed at home placed within the top three 19 times, which included six first-place finishes on John Jacobs Track and Field.

Freshmen Kyle Bookout and Jonas Lusk highlighted the men's performance. Bookout took top honors for the second time in the discus this season with a distance of 167-10. The mark now stands as the tenth-best in school history. Lusk also took first for the second time this season as he clocked a 110m hurdle time of 15.01 He went on to sweep the hurdle events as he took top honors in the 400m hurdles as well by clocking a time of 55.39, the first-place performance in the event was his first of the season. Senior Nils Oliveto kept his streak of top hammer throw finishes alive as he claimed his third first place finish in as many weekends with a distance of 186-1. 3. Freshman Brandon Kissack rounded out the list of athletes on the men's team who won their events by running a 5000m time of 15:56.83.

Three relay teams were in action during the final day of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. Seniors Shomari Wilson and Omar Brown combined with freshmen Ernest Lewis and Moses Washington to finish second behind Clemson to claim silver medal honors in the sprint medley relay with their time of 3:20.21. In the women's sprint medley relay senior Jennifer Fontenot, junior Staneshia Bell and newcomers Jimyria Hicks and Kelly O'Rourke finished seventh with a time of 4:02.68.

OU's throwers, vaulters and jumpers participated in the Drake Relays, highlighting the final day of competition were senior Chris Westfield for the men's team. Leading the way for the women were sophomores Shayla Austin, Bambi Carson, Lindsey Harris and Jessica Longfors along with freshman Monika Erlach. Westfield finished fourth in the pole vault with a height of 16-5.5. Carson and Longors placed 11th and 15th in the discus with distances of 147-4 and 141-4, repsectively. Carson also competed in the shot put where she used the longest distance of her career, 48-6, to finish sixth. With the distance she now holds the second-best mark in the event in school history. In the women's pole vault Erlach cleared 11-5.25 to take 13th, while Harris vaulted 10-11.5 to place 16th.

The Sooners will be back in action next Saturday, May 1 as they cross the Red River for the fourth of six times in 1999 to compete in the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas.