March 28, 2001

For the first time in several weeks, the OU men's and women's track and field teams will split up this weekend. Those whose marks met qualifying standards will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the 58th annual Florida Relays. Meawhile, a number of Sooners will head to Arlington, Texas, for the Arlington Invitational. Both competitions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

The Schedules
Competition in the Florida Relays began Wednesday with the combined events. The intercollegiate/open division is scheduled for Friday with the invitational division scheduled for Saturday. Events will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning with competitions scheduled throughout the day. The final event scheduled for Friday is the men's distance medley relay, set to begin at 8:25 p.m. On Saturday, field event action will begin at 9 a.m. with events on the track scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. The men's 1600-meter relay is the final event scheduled in the meet and it is set to start at 7:15 p.m.

The Arlington Invitational will open with field events at 3 p.m. Friday. Field events will fill the schedule on Friday with the final event, the men's triple jump, set for 5 p.m. On Saturday, events on the track will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue through the 1600-meter relay at 7:50 p.m.

The Last Time Out
For the second week in a row, Bambi Carson and Michael Westlund posted NCAA provisional marks while senior Joey Scott posted his first NCAA provisional mark of the outdoor season as the Sooner track and field teams finished fourth in the combined scores of the Jim Click Invitational. The Sooner women finished fourth with 139 points and the Sooner men were third with 147.50 points. Nebraska won the men's division and the overall team title while Arizona took the women's title.

Carson was a double winner, taking first in the shot put with a season-best and NCAA provisional mark of 50-8.75. She also won the discus with a 156-0. Scott won the 110-meter high hurdles with a season/career best of 13.97. He finished second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a 50.74. That mark was an NCAA provisional mark and career best for Scott.

Westlund posted a provisional mark in the pole vault for the second week in a row. He won the event with a season-best 17-8.50.

The Sooners also got points from Jimyria Hicks, who was fourth in the 100 and second in the 200, LaKisha Robinson and Lameisa Thomas, who were fifth and seventh in the 400-meter dash, Aisha Stringer and Kelli O'Rourke, who were second and fifth in the 800, Alaina Dearman and Amanda Luksetich, who were sixth and seventh in the 1500, respectively, and seventh and sixth in the 3000 respectively, Alesha Peel and Sand Swaby, second and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, Michelle Thomas and Mary Waytula, sixth and seventh in the 400 IH, Jenny Ledford, who was fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the women's 1600-meter relay (Thomas, Kelli O'Rourke, Stringer, Robinson) which finished second, Swaby and Waytula, who were seventh and eighth in the high jump, Leslie Dunlap, who was second in the pole vault, Janel Hayes and Shayla Austin, who were third and seventh in the long jump, Swaby and Austin, seventh and ninth in the triple jump, Jessica Longfors, sixth in the shot put and fourth in the discus throw, Longfors and Megan Crystal, ninth and 10th in the hammer throw, and Crystal and Waytula, fifth and seventh in the javelin.

The Sooner men got points from L'eron George and Elvin Frempong, fourth and fifth in the 100, Ernest Lewis and Edwin Jones in the 200, Raoul Harvey and Mark Moss, fourth and fifth in the 400, Aldwyn Sappleton and Moses Washington, who were first and second in the 800, Joey McNair and Trevor Gillum, fifth and sixth in the 1500, Brandon Kissack and McNair, fifth and seventh in the 3000, LaBoris Bean, eighth in the 400 IH, Cecil Rose, fifth in the 3000 steeplechase, the 1600-meter relay (Harvey, Washington, Brontez Steele, Scott) which finished first, Justin Conkling and Joe Butler, fourth and seventh in the high jump, Brett Corlett, tied for third in the pole vault, Conkling and Frempong, third and fourth in the long jump, Devon Brabham and Butler, third and fourth in the triple jump, Kyle Bookout, seventh in the shot put, Bookout and Conkling, third and ninth in the discus throw, Shane Benton and Bookout, eighth and ninth in the hammer, and Butler and Benton, seventh and eighth in the javelin.

NCAA Update
As mentioned, OU had three provisional qualifiers in the Jim Click Shootout. Two of those three, Bambi Carson and Michael Westlund, had already met provisional stanards but improved those marks in Tucson. Carson improved to fifth with her 50-8.75 while Westlund is ranked second in the latest ranking (March 28) with his 17-8.50 in the pole vault. Joey Scott added his name to the NCAA provisional list with his 50.74 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He ranks second in the event in the latest ranking list. Jessica Longfors is ranked seventh in the discus throw with her effort of 165-8 at the College Station Relays.

The 2000 Outdoor Season
The Sooners produced 10 NCAA All-Americans during the 2000 outdoor season. The men's 1600-meter relay team (LaBoris Bean, Michael Jackson, Raoul Harvey and Michael Blackwood) finished fifth and the women's 1600-meter relay team (Staneshia Bell, LaKisha Robinson, Alicia Emanuel and Jennifer Fontenot) finished eighth. Individuals earning All-America honors included Blackwood in the 400, Fontenot in the women's 400 and Michael Westlund in the pole vault. Other qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor for the Sooners last year included Michael McNamara in the pole vault, Bean in the men's 400 IH, and the women's 400-meter relay (Janel Hayes, LaToyia Hinds, Jimyria Hicks and Bell). Of those qualifiers/placers, the Sooners return nine, losing only Blackwood, Jackson, Fontenot and Hinds.

The Sooner women finished sixth in the Big 12 while the men finished seventh. OU produced conference champions in women's discus (Bambi Carson) and the men's 400-meter run (Blackwood).

Next Up
The Sooners will head to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Relays next week. OU's multi-event athletes will compete on Wednesday and Thursday while the rest of the team will participate in the Relays on Thursday through Saturday. The meet marks the fourth of an 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.

Contact
For more information on Sooner track and field, contact track SID Debbie Copp at (405) 325-8367.