June 1, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior LaBoris Bean ran a 50.48 in the final of the 400-meter intermediate hurdles tonight at the NCAA Track and Field Championships to finish sixth and earn All-America honors. Baylor's Bayano Kamani won the title with a 48.99 in the event at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
It marked the first time in the Houston, Texas, senior's career for him to earn All-America honors as an individual. He was a member of OU's two-time All-American 1600-meter relay team last season.
The results weren't as good for OU's other competitors on Friday. Leslie Dunlap, a freshman from Choctaw and the 2001 Big 12 outdoor champion, recorded her first no height showing of the outdoor season in the pole vault. She failed to clear the opening height of 12-3.5, one of six vaulters who had a no height.
Tulsa senior Alesha Peel ran a 14.82, the worst time of the season for her by more than a second, to finish 16th in the 100-meter hurdle semifinals. The top four in each semifinal advanced to Saturday's final. The last person to qualify ran 13.49 in the semi. Seven of Peel's previous 11 times this season would have beaten that time. She ran a 13.27 in the trials on Thursday to get into the semifinal. A first time NCAA qualifier in an individual event during the 2001 indoor season, Peel earned All-America honors in the 60-meter hurdles in March.
Bean will have one more chance to add another All-America certificate on Saturday when OU's final competitors, the men's 1600-meter relay, takes the track at 9:40 p.m. central time. The relay includes Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis, Aldwyn Sappleton, and Bean, who will run the anchor leg. The Sooners finished third in their heat on Thursday with a season-best 3:03.29. That time was the fifth fastest posted in the qualifying heats.