April 29, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa — Shakeeri Cole and Tia Brooks claimed individual titles Friday at the 102nd Drake Relays in Des Moines as six Oklahoma entries on the oval qualified for Saturday finals. Cole clocked the third-fastest 800-meter run in Oklahoma history to win the event with a time of 2:06.53. The junior moved to No. 3 in the Big 12 with the performance as she defeated the lone ranked entrant in the race, South Dakota’s Emma Erickson who finished with a time of 2:06.86.
Brooks claimed her third individual title of the year in the shot put as she recorded her second-best throw of the season with a mark of 57-0.00 (17.37). Brooks, who set the Oklahoma record last week and entered the meet ranked No. 3 nationally, defeated 11 ranked opponents in the process including No. 2 Annie Alexander of Tennessee. Brooks was in second until her fourth attempt when she unleashed her winning throw to defeat Florida’s Keely Medeiros by four-and-a-half inches.
The first event on the track, the women’s 4x100-meter relay of Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Jasmine Simmons and Candyce McGrone clocked the second-fastest time of the event’s prelims to advance to Saturday’s finals in the event. The quartet teamed to complete the single-lap event in a time of 45.07 while Illinois led the prelims with a time of 44.79.
In the men’s side of the 4x100 relay, Marcus Anderson, Mookie Salaam, Evan Pierson, Remuro Henry turned in the prelims’ fastest performance with a time of 40.16. The time that qualified the group for Saturday’s finals is the fastest by the squad this season. The Sooners entered the meet ranked No. 22 nationally and defeated four teams ranked ahead of them in the event’s prelims.
The women’s 100-meter hurdles saw Latoya Greaves run her second-fastest time of the season as she crossed the line in a time of 13.78 to qualify for Saturday’s finals in the event. Ohio State’s Christina Manning led the group of eight finals qualifiers with a time of 13.29.
Mookie Salaam led all competitors in the men’s 100-meter dash prelims as he recorded a time of 10.35 against a slight headwind. The time is the second fastest for the junior behind the 10.35 run at the John Jacobs Invitational on April 16. The nation’s No. 24 athlete entering the weekend, Salaam defeated five athletes ranked ahead of him in the event.
Running into an extremely stiff headwind, Candyce McGrone won her heat to advance to the finals of the 100-meter dash. McGrone clocked a time of 11.95 against a 4.4 meters-per-second wind. Oklahoma will have two athletes in the final as Shawna Anderson clocked a time of 11.94 while running against a 3.7 meters-per-second headwind.
The 4x400-meter women’s relay of Shelleyeka Rolle, McGrone, Jesica Ejesieme and Wells used a season-best time of 3:37.71 to move onto the finals of the event. The group that entered the weekend ranked No. 24 nationally defeated four teams ranked ahead of them in the process.
Oklahoma Finals Qualifiers:
Men’s 100-Meter Dash: Mookie Salaam 10.35
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay: Marcus Anderson, Mookie Salaam, Evan Pierson, Remuro Henry 40.16
Women’s 100-Meter Dash: Candyce McGrone 11.95; Shawna Anderson 11.94
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: Latoya Greaves 13.78
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay: Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Jasmine Simmons, Candyce McGrone 45.07
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay: Shelleyeka Rolle, Candyce McGrone, Jesica Ejesieme, Sherine Wells 3:37.71
Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 100-Meter Dash: 18. Marcus Anderson 11.03; 32. Evan Pierson 11.24
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles: 19. Malcolm Anderson 15.43
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: Jesica Ejesieme 14.09
Women’s 800-Meter Run: 1. Shakeeri Cole 2:06.53
Women’s Pole Vault: 14. Sarah Pappas 12-1.50 (3.70)
Women’s High Jump: 17. Kristen Rice 5-7.00 (1.70); 17. Chenale Smith 5-7.00 (1.70)
Women’s Shot Put: 1. Tia Brooks 57-0.00 (17.37); 5. Karen Shump 52-9.25 (16.08)
Women’s Discus: 5. Karen Shump 173-6 (52.89)