March 1, 2001

Several University of Oklahoma track and field student-athletes will be participating in NCAA Qualifier Meets on Friday and Saturday. The majority of the Sooners who are competing will be in Ames on Friday for the ISU Qualifier Meet. Three will participate in the Nebraska Qualifier Meet on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

The Compeitors Are . . .
Sooners traveling to Ames (with events) include Staneshia Bell (60 and 200), Bambi Carson (shot put), Leslie Dunlap (pole vault), Janel Hayes (long jump), Jimyria Hicks (60 and 200), LaKisha Robinson (400), Sand Swaby (high jump), LaBoris Bean (400 and 1600 relay), Raoul Harvey (1600 relay), Ernest Lewis (400 and 1600 relay), Joey Scott (60 high hurdles) and Moses Washington (1600 relay). On Saturday, Dunlap and Washington will meet Michael Westlund (pole vault) in Lincoln for that meet. Washington will participate in the 800 in Lincoln. Three individuals and one relay got their provisional marks the last time OU competed in Ames on Feb. 9-10. Alesha Peel, who has a season-best time of 8.19 in the 60-meter hurdles, will not compete this weekend. Her provisional time is just .02 seconds from the automatic time and she currently has the fastest provisional time in the country.

The Schedule
The first event on the ISU schedule is the women's pole vault which is slated to begin at noon. The women's long jump goes at 12:30 p.m. with the women's shot put scheduled to follow the weight throw events. The women's high jump begins at 1 p.m. Events on the track begin at 2 p.m. All events are finals except for the 60-meter hurdles and dashes. The final event is the men's 1600-meter relay which is set for 6 p.m. Events in Lincoln begin at 10 a.m. with the final event set for 4:40 p.m.

Team Rankings
The Oklahoma women are ranked 25th in the nation according to the U.S. Track Coaches Association power rankings through Feb. 28. The Sooner men are ranked 45th in the same poll.

The Last Time Out
Seniors Janel Hayes and Justin Conkling and sophomore Michael Westlund won Big 12 Indoor titles over the weekend as the Sooners competed in the fifth annual Big 12 Championships. The Sooner women finished seventh with 50 points and the Sooner men were eighth with 47 points. Hayes became the second Sooner woman to win a Big 12 Indoor title with her winning jump of 19-6.75. It was the first victory in a major meet in her career after several second-place finishes. Westlund cleared 17-8.5 to tie his season best and win the pole vault title. Conkling scored 5,594 points in the heptathlon to win by 126 points. He is OU's first Big 12 multi-event winner. Other Sooners who placed and scored points included Leslie Dunlap and Lindsey Harris, who finished third and fourth in the pole vault, Joey Scott with a school-record and NCAA provisional time of 7.89 in the 60-meter hurdles finished third, LaBoris Bean, second in the 600-yard run with a time of 1:10.38, a season and career best for Bean, Raoul Harvey, sixth in the 400, the Sooner men's 1600-meter relay (Ernest Lewis, Moses Washington, Raoul Harvey and LaBoris Bean), second with an NCAA provisional time of 3:08.37, Alesha Peel, eighth in the 60-meter dash and fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, Staneshia Bell, sixth in the 60-meter dash, LaKisha Robinson, fourth in the 600-yard run with a season-best 1:21.57, Aisha Stringer, seventh in the 800-meter run with a season-best 2:12.20, Sand Swaby, third in the high jump with a career-best 5-8.75, Bambi Carson, fifth in the shot put, and the women's 1600-meter relay team (Staneshia Bell, Jimyria Hicks, Krystle Williams and LaKisha Robinson), fifth with a season-best 3:45.10.

NCAA Update
Staneshia Bell, Bambi Carson, Alesha Peel, Janel Hayes, Leslie Dunlap, Ernest Lewis, Michael Westlund, Joey Scott and the men's 1600-meter relay have posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Bell had a 7.44 in the 60-meter dash on Dec. 2. She dropped that mark to 7.43 in the Big 12 Championship. Carson had a 48-10.75 in the shot put to beat the NCAA provisional standard on Dec. 2 at the Oklahoma All Comers Meet. She improved her provisional mark to 51-8.25 on Feb. 3. Peel posted her first provisional mark (an 8.33 in the 60-meter dash) on Jan. 20. She dropped that mark to an 8.23 at the J.D. Martin Invitational on Feb. 3, then had a season- (and career-) best time of 8.19 in the Sooner Indoor on Feb. 17. Westlund's first provisional mark (17-6.5) came on Jan. 20 at the Reno Summit. He then improved his provisional mark to 17-8.5 in action on Jan. 27. Lewis got his provisional mark in the 400 at the ISU Classic on Feb. 10 and ran the opening leg of the provisional qualifying 1600-meter relay team which included Moses Washington, Raoul Harvey and LaBoris Bean. That quartet posted its NCAA provisional time at the ISU Classic on Feb. 10. Hayes joined the list of provisional qualifiers with her 20-3.75 mark in the long jump at the ISU Classic. Dunlap got her provisional mark with her victory in Ames in the pole vault with a mark of 12-9.5. Scott was the latest to add his name to the list. His time of 7.89 in the Big 12 Championship was a career best and set the school record. It also broke the NCAA provisional standard.

NCAA Rankings
While all Sooners who have qualifying marks have met the provisional standard, several of those are among the best Division I marks in the country this season. The current rankings (through meets of Feb. 28) include:
Ernest Lewis 17th in the 400
Joey Scott 29th in the 60 hurdles
Men's 1600-meter relay 11th
Michael Westlund 7th in the pole vault
Staneshia Bell 32nd in the 60 dash
Alesha Peel 7th in the 60 hurdles
Leslie Dunlap 19th in the pole vault
Janel Hayes 20th in the long jump
Bambi Carson 16th in the shot put

Next Up
For marks to be considered for NCAA qualification, they must be posted by Saturday. On Sunday, schools will have a final opportunity to submit qualifiers, either automatic or provisional. On Monday, declarations of entries must be completed and the final list of competitors for the NCAA Indoor Championship will be released later Monday or Tuesday morning. While several Sooners will be waiting for the invitation to Fayetteville, Ark., for the NCAA meet on March 9-10, the rest of the Sooners have begun training for the outdoor season opener in mid March. The combined event athletes will compete March 15-16 with the rest of the team joining them for the College Station Relays on Saturday, March 17. That meet marks the start of OU's 11-weekend outdoor slate that will end with the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Ore., May 30-June 2. The Sooners will compete every weekend but May 25-26 and will often have student-athletes at multiple meets.

2000-2001 Indoor Schedule
Dec. 2 (Sa) All-Comers
Two NCAA provisional qualifiers
Dec. 9 (Sa) at KSU Multi-Event, Conkling, Cates
first place, Waytula, fourth
Jan. 19-20 (F-Sa) at Reno Summit, Reno, Nev.,
One NCAA provisional qualifier
Jan. 20 (Sa) OU Classic
One NCAA provisional qualifier
Jan. 26-27 (F-Sa) at Razorback Invitational, Fayetteville
Three NCAA provisional qualifiers
Feb. 3 (Sa) J.D. Martin Inv.
Two NCAA provisional qualifiers
Feb. 9-10 (F-Sa) at Iowa State Invitational, Ames
Six NCAA provisional qualifiers
Feb. 17 (Sa) Sooner Indoor
Two NCAA provisional qualifiers
Feb. 23-24 (F-Sa) at Big 12 Championships, Lincoln
Three conference champions
Five NCAA provisional qualifiers
March 2-3 (Sa) at NCAA Qualifier
March 9-10 (F-Sa) at NCAA Championships