March 31, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — The third week of the outdoor season brings a split for the Oklahoma Track and Field program as all but the throwers for the No. 4 Oklahoma women’s team heads to the Arkansas Spring Invitational while the men’s and women’s throws group competes in the Texas Tech Open. In all, 23 athletes will be in action in Fayetteville, Ark., while 13 are in action in Lubbock, Texas.
The women’s team in Arkansas leads all ranked teams in the competition as the fourth-ranked Sooners take on No. 9 Arkansas and No. 14 Kansas in a multitude of events. The women’s triple jump will see a ranked battle involving an Oklahoma athlete as No. 21 Jasmine Simmons faces off against No. 3 Andrea Geubelle of Kansas and No. 11 Shantel Thompson of Arkansas. On the track, the No. 25 4x100-meter relay makes its 2011 debut as the only relay in the nation’s top 25 competing in the event.
In West Texas, seven OU athletes in the nation’s top 12 of their respective rankings will compete in the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw Saturday. The women’s discus will feature a field five Oklahoma athletes, four of which are ranked in the nation’s top 27. The 2010 NCAA runner-up in the event, Brittany Borman, leads the way with a No. 4 ranking, followed by No. 6 Karen Shump. No. 23 Bailey Wagner and No. 27 Lauren Guerrieri will also compete in the event along with Kelsey Poljansek.
Shump is also ranked No. 6 in the shot put, an event she’ll compete in with No. 10 Tia Brooks. The event will be a Big 12 rankings battle as two face off against Texas Tech's ranked athletes, No. 15 Kelly Closse and No. 27 Ifeatu Okafor.
On the men’s side, No. 4 Luke Bryant and No. 12 K.P. Singh will be in action in the men’s discus. The two will square off against the nation’s top athlete in the event, Texas Tech’s Julian Wruck.
Singh will also compete against No. 5 Dimitrios Fylladitakis of UTEP in the hammer throw, an event Singh is 11th nationally in. The senior won last week’s season-opening competition at the North Texas Classic while Angel Togafau started her hammer throw season with a win two weeks ago at the Tulsa Duels.