May 18, 2001

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It was a strong performance in the field events for the Sooner women and a good day in the running preliminaries for both the men's and women's track and field teams that have the Sooners set up for what has the potential to be a good final day.

The women were in fourth place after seven events and the men were ninth after six events. The men advanced eight to the finals on Saturday, the women have five finalists. In addition, the Sooner men will have the pole vault, triple jump, 3000-meter steeplechse and 5,000-meter run final as well two relays in action on Saturday. The OU women are entered in the two relays as well as the triple jump.

Kansas State has the lead after three days in the women's field with 60.50 points. Missouri is the leader on the men's side with 53 points.

Bambi Carson, who repeated as the discus champion earlier in the day, finished fifth in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark of 49-9.25. Jessica Longfors finished eighth in the shot put after scoring in the discus earlier in the day with a fourth-place finish.

Jimyria Hicks is a double qualifier for the Sooners with the third-best time in the 200 and the fourth-best time in the 100. . Hicks' time in the 100 and 200 were career bests. Staneshia Bell qualified for the 100-meter dash final and Alesha Peel lowered her career-best mark in the 100-meter hurdles to 13.17 in the 100-meter hurdles to qualify for the final. Aisha Stringer qualified for the 800-meter final

Joey Scott and L'eron George were double qualifiers for the Sooner men. Scott got into the final in the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. George made the final in the 100 and 200. LaBoris Bean had the best qualifying time in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a 51.01. Ryan Clarke will join Scott and Bean in the 400 IH final on Saturday. Raoul Harvey qualified for the 400-meter dash final and Aldwyn Sappleton sprinted the final 100 meters to earn a spot in the 800-meter final, moving from fourth to .01 seconds behind first after the final curve.

OU had one NCAA automatic qualifier today (Bambi Carson in the discus) and nine NCAA provisional qualifiers, seven for the women and two for the men. Of those, two, Janel Hayes in the long jump and Jimyria Hicks in the 100, were first-time qualifiers. Peel (100-meter hurdles), Hicks (200-meter dash) and Jessica Longfors (discus) improved their previously posted NCAA provisional marks.

The meet will conclude Saturday with final events in 15 men's events and 14 women's events.

Women's Standings (after seven events) - 1. Kansas State 60.50, 2. Nebraska 50, 3. Texas A&M 43.20, 4. Oklahoma 40.20, 5. Iowa State, 35, 6. Texas Tech 10.20, 7. Missouri 9.40, 8. Baylor 9, Texas 5.50, 10. Colorado 5, 11. Oklahoma State 3, 12. Kansas 2

Shot Put - 1. Lisa Griebel, Iowa State, 54-3.75 (NCAA automatic mark), 2. Austra Skujyte, Kansas State, 52-4 (NCAA provisional), 3. Rebekah Green, Kansas State, 51-6.25 (NCAA provisional), 4. Leann Boerema, Nebraska, 49-9.25 (NCAA provisional mark), 5. Bambi Carson, OU, 49-9.25 (NCAA provisional mark), 6. Meghan Koonce, Texas A&M, 49-9.25 (NCAA provisional mark), 7. Chika Onyebuchi, Kansas State, 48-10, 8. Jessica Longfors, OU, 48-8.75 Other OU results: Megan Crystal, 45-1.75

Long Jump (with metric conversions done) - 1. Chimika Carter, Texas A&M, 21-6.75 w:+5.6, 2. Janel Hayes, OU, 20-9.25 w:+3.6 (NCAA provisional), 3. Barbara Szlendakova, Iowa State, 20-7.25 w:+2.8 (NCAA provisional), 4. Austra Skujyte, Kansas State, 20-5.25 w:+3.5 (NCAA provisional), 5. Vesna Kostic, Nebraska, 20-5.25 w: +3.5 (NCAA provisional), 6. Kendra Reimer, Texas A&M, 20-2.25 w: +4.9, 7. Kriszta Kovesi, Nebraska, 20-0.5 w: +3.7, 8. Monique Peters, Kansas, 19-6 w: +4.5 Other OU results: Sand Swaby, 18-4.25 w: +3.6, Shayla Austin, 18-3.25 w: +5.2

Prelims - OU Results & Qualifiers 100-Meter Dash - Jimyria Hicks, 11.48 (qualifies for Saturday final) (NCAA provisional) w: +2.0, Staneshia Bell, 11.54 (qualifies for Saturday final) (NCAA provisional mark) w: +2.6, Janel Hayes, 11.93 w: +2.6 200-Meter Dash - Jimyria Hicks, 23.25 (qualifies for Saturday final) (NCAA provisional) w: +2.1, Staneshia Bell, 23.70 w: +2.6 400-Meter Dash - Lameisa Thomas, 58.45, LaKisha Robinson, 59.19, Alicia Emanuel, 59.41, Krystle Williams, 1:00.09 800-Meter Run - Aisha Stringer, 2:14.66 (qualifies for Saturday final), Alaina Dearman, 2:18.46, Kelli O'Rourke, 2:19.68, Michelle Thomas, 2:26.06 1500-Meter Run - Stephanie Webb, 4:58.90, Corrie Hussar, did not finish 100-Meter Hurdles -- Alesha Peel, 13.17 (qualifies for Saturday final), (NCAA provisional) w: +3.3, Sand Swaby, 14.38

Men's Team Standings (after six events) 1. Missouri 53, 2. Texas A&M 45, 3. Texas 26.5, 4. Nebraska 26, 5. Iowa State 25.50, 6. (tie) Texas Tech and Colorado 14, 8. Kansas State 13, 9. Oklahoma 11, 10. Kansas 6

Long Jump - 1. Chris Hercules, Texas, 26-0 (NCAA provisional) w: +1.6, 2. Daniel Haczmarczyk, Iowa State, 25-10.75 (NCAA provisional) w: +2.8, 3. Bashir Ramzy, Texas A&M, 25-10 (NCAA provisional) w: +3.0, 4. Brandon Evans, Texas A&M, 24-11.25 w: +4.7, 5. Anderson Smith, Texas A&M, 24-7.25 w: +5.3, 6. Tunji Giwa, Iowa State, 24-6.5 w: +3.4, 7. Mike Mills, Texas A&M, 24-5 w: +1.0, 8. Sheldon Hutchinson, Nebraska, 24-4.25 w: +2.4 High Jump - 1. Jay Meystedt, Missouri, 7-0.50, 2. Kyle Odvody, Nebraska, 7-0.5, 3. Shaun Kologinczak, Nebraska, 7-0.5, 4. T.J. Hackler, Kansas, 7-0.5, 5. Mike Beasley, Texas Tech, 6-10.75, 6. Olavi Paavo, Texas Tech, 6-10.75, 7. (tie) Matthew Pearce, Texas, and Andy Kohler, Iowa State, 6-8.75 OU results - Joe Butler, no height

Prelims - OU Results & Qualifiers 100-Meter Dash - L'eron George, 10.46 (qualifies for Saturday final), Marcus Bivines, 10.63, Edwin Jones, 10.66, Elvin Frempong, 11.09 200-Meter Dash - L'eron George, 21.04 (qualifies for Saturday final) 400-Meter Dash - Raoul Harvey, 47.42 (qualifies for Saturday final), Mark Moss, 49.55, Ernest Lewis, DQ - false start 800-Meter Run - Aldwyn Sappleton, 1:52.10 (qualifies for Saturday final), Moses Washington, 1:53.61 1500-Meter Run - Joey McNair, 4:00.04 110-Meter High Hurdles - Joey Scott, 14.18 (qualifies for Saturday final), Ryan Clarke, 14.36 w: +2.7, Jonas Lusk, 14.37 w: +2.7 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles - LaBoris Bean, 51.01(qualifies for Saturday final) (NCAA provisional), Joey Scott, 51.79 (qualifies for Saturday final), Ryan Clarke (qualifies for Saturday final), Brontez Steele, 57.20, Andrew Crabbe, 58.21