Jan. 18, 2001

NORMAN, Okla - The University of Oklahoma Sooner track and field teams will host the annual Oklahoma Track Classic on Saturday at the Mosier Indoor Facility. Field events will begin at 10 a.m. with the first event on the track set to start at 1 p.m. The final event of the meet will be the men's mile relay, scheduled to start 5:10 p.m. There is no admission charge for the meet. The Mosier Indoor Facility is on Lindsey Street, east of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Meanwhile, assistant coach Tom Williams and four Sooner vaulters will head to Reno, Nev., for the Reno Invitational. Traveling to that meet for the competition on Saturday are freshman Leslie Dunlap, senior Lindsay Harris, junior Brett Corlett and sophomore Michael Westlund.

A Quality Field
A total of seven schools and individuals from two other schools will participate in the Oklahoma Track Classic. Teams joining the Sooners include Big 12 schools Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech as well as Texas Christian, Houston and Texas-Arlington. Individuals from the Oklahoma State women's team and from Stephen F. Austin also will compete.

Marks posted at this meet may be used toward qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championship to be held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Events to Watch
While final entries will not be determined until tonight, several events are already attracting quality fields. Events to watch include the short sprints (the 60 through the 400), the women's shot put and both the men's and women's mile relay events. In 2000, the men's mile relays from TCU, Baylor and OU battled throughout the season with the Sooners finishing second to TCU in the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Last Year
A total of two NCAA qualifying marks and nine NCAA provisional marks were set at the 2000 Oklahoma Track Classic. OU hurdler Alesha Peel, a senior on the 2001 Sooner team, was one of the provisional qualifiers in the 2000 meet. She beat the provisional mark in the 60-meter hurdles.

This Year's Team
The Sooners are coming off a great year with the women finishing fifth in the Big 12 Indoor and the men finishing eighth. The Sooners had four indoor All-Americans and two of those, senior LaBoris Bean and junior Raoul Harvey, are back. The two were members of OU's second-place NCAA 1600-meter relay team. OU also crowned one Big 12 Indoor champion. Staneshia Bell, the first Sooner woman to win a Big 12 indoor title, is back in the sprints. Her title came in the 60-meter dash.

The Last Time Out
Seniors Staneshia Bell and Bambi Carson posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks to lead Oklahoma in the All Comers meet held at the Mosier Indoor Facility on Dec. 2. Bell had a 7.44 in the 60-meter dash and Carson had a 48-10.75 in the shot put to beat the NCAA provisional standard. It marked the season opener for the Sooner track and field team.

LaBoris Bean set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles and several other Sooners registered personal bests in the meet.

Next Up
The Sooners, originally scheduled to go to Houston, will instead travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Classic next weekend.

2000-2001 Schedule
Dec. 2 (Sa)All-Comers10:30 a.m.
Dec. 9 (Sa)at KSU Multi-Event, Manhattan
Jan. 19-20 (F-Sa)at Reno Summit, Reno, Nev.
Jan. 20 (Sa)OU Classic10 a.m.
Jan. 26-27 (F-Sa)at Razorback Classic, Fayetteville
Feb. 3 (Sa)J.D. Martin Inv. 10 a.m.
Feb. 9-10 (F-Sa)at Iowa State Invitational, Ames
Feb. 17 (Sa)Sooner Indoor10 a.m.
Feb. 23-24 (F-Sa)at Big XII Championships, Lincoln, Neb.
March 3 (Sa)at NCAA Qualifier
March 9-10 (F-Sa)at NCAA Championships,Fayetteville

Quick Facts
Location: Norman, Okla.
Nickname: Sooners
Colors: Crimson and Cream
Conference: Big XII
President: David Boren
Athletic Director: Joe Castiglione
Co-Head Coaches: Jill Lancaster and Rodney Price
Assistant Coaches: Shanon Atkinson, Pete Kron, Todd Maycumber, Tom Williams
Letterwinners Returning/Lost:
Men: 15/8
Women: 16/9
Athletic Website: soonersports.com