April 21, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma Track and Field program will send athletes to three different states this weekend as the No. 6 OU women and No. 20 men head to Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas for outdoor action. In all, the two ranked squads will face off against at least 10 other ranked programs in Saturday action.
The women’s sprints and jumps group along with the men’s and women’s throwers will be in Waco, Texas for the Michael Johnson Classic while the pole vaulters and men’s distance group travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational. The men’s sprints group rounds out the Sooner action, competing in the LSU Alumni Gold event in Baton Rouge, La.
For athletes in action in Waco, the meet will serve as a test against fellow Big 12 programs Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M along with the No. 23 TCU women. The men’s sprinters will face the No. 5 LSU men while those in Arkansas take on the No. 9 Razorback women and No. 12 men.
Both sprints groups will see a number of individually ranked opponents on Saturday. In Waco, the No. 5 athlete in the 200-meter dash, OU’s Candyce McGrone, will take on eight ranked athletes including the nation’s top-ranked 200 runner in Jeneba Tarmoh of Texas A&M. Another ranked Sooner, No. 12 Latoya Greaves, will compete against the nation’s top-ranked hurdler in Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds. McGrone will also run a leg for OU’s No. 16 4x100-meter relay that takes on four ranked relays including No. 1 Texas A&M.
OU’s Ti’Anca Mock, ranked No. 1 nationally in the long jump, will return to action at the Michael Johnson Classic while OU owns the two top-ranked athletes in the women’s shot put, Tia Brooks and Karen Shump, tied for fifth nationally. The Sooners also lay claim to five of the seven ranked athletes in the women’s discus led by No. 5 Brittany Borman who is also ranked No. 4 in the javelin. On the men’s side, No. 4 Luke Bryant will compete in the discus with No. 20 K.P. Singh who is also ranked No. 9 in the hammer throw.
In Baton Rouge, the nation’s fastest athlete in the 200-meter dash will enter the 100-meter dash as the top-ranked collegiate athlete. The junior faces a field of three other ranked athletes and nine post-collegiate competitors. Salaam will also be called to run a leg on the No. 21 OU 4x100-meter relay that will take on four ranked opponents including No. 2 LSU. No. 22 Malcolm Anderson will compete in the 110-meter hurdles against the No. 1 NCAA athlete, LSU’s Barrett Nugent, and the 2009 world champion in the event, Ryan Brathwaite.
In Arkansas, the OU group will account for six entries led by No. 19 Alexandra Acker in the women’s pole vault. The junior will compete one week after shattering the Oklahoma record in the event.