May 29, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - A pair of seniors, Bambi Carson and LaBoris Bean, will lead 11 other Sooners to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week.

Competition begins on Wednesday, May 30, and will continue through Saturday, June 2, at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The Sooners have 13 student-athletes traveling to Eugene and those student-athletes are scheduled to compete in 12 events. That total number of competitors and events mark the highest numbers in the four-year tenure of Sooner co-head coaches Jill Lancaster and Rodney Price.

Carson was an automatic qualifier in the discus with her Big 12-winning (and meet record) toss of 179-7. She ranks sixth in the field entering the competition. She also will compete in the shot put as the 10th-ranked competitor. Bean is ranked 11th in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and will run the anchor leg on OU's fifth-ranked 1600-meter relay.

Joining Bean on that relay will be Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis and Aldwyn Sappleton. Joey Scott will travel as the alternate.

Other Sooner qualifiers (with rank entering competition) include Michael Westlund (seventh), Mike McNamara (16th) and Robin Hanna (17th) in the men's pole vault, Leslie Dunlap (12th) in the women's pole vault, Justin Conkling (10th) in the decathlon, Jimyria Hicks (11th) in the 200, Alesha Peel (12th) in the 100-meter hurdles, and Janel Hayes (18th) in the long jump.

Carson (shot put), Westlund (pole vault) and Peel (60-meter hurdles) earned NCAA All-America honors during the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.

Sooner Qualifiers (schedule, competitor, event, best mark and date posted)

Wednesday, May 30

Justin ConklingDecathlon 7,474, May 16-17

(1 p.m. - 100 Meters, 2 p.m. - Long Jump, 3:15 p.m. -Shot Put, 4:30 p.m. - High Jump, 7:30 p.m. -400 Meters

3 p.m.Bambi CarsonDiscus 179-7, May 19

4 p.m.Michael WestlundPole Vault18-0.5, May 10

Mike McNamaraPole Vault17-5, May 19

Robin HannaPole Vault17-4.5, May 10

5:30 p.m.Janel HayesLong Jump20-9.25, May 18

5:40 p.m.LaBoris Bean400-Meter IH50.23, April 7(Semifinals)

6:55 p.m.Jimyria Hicks200-Meter Dash23.13, May 19 (Semifinals)

Thursday, May 31

Justin ConklingDecathlon 7,474, May 16-17

(Noon - 110 Hurdles, 1:15 p.m. - Discus, 2:30 p.m. - Pole Vault, 5 p.m. - Javelin, 6:30 p.m. - 1500 Meters)

4:30 p.m.Alesha Peel100 Hurdles13.17, May 18 (Trials)

6 p.m.Bambi CarsonShot Put52-2, April 21

7 p.m.Men's 1600-Meter Relay 3:04.07, May 19 (Semifinals)

Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis, Aldwyn Sappleton, LaBoris Bean -- Alternate: Joey Scott

Friday, June 1

5 p.m.Leslie DunlapPole Vault13-3.50, April 6

5:30 p.m.400-Meter IH Final

6:25 p.m.100-Meter Hurdles Semifinal

Saturday, June 2

5:10 p.m.100 Hurdles Final

6:30 p.m.200 Dash Final

7:40 p.m.4x400 Relay Final

The National Rankings

The Sooner men are ranked 38h in the country and the women are ranked 37th in the final USTCA Power Rankings. Both teams are fifth among the Big 12 schools in the rankings.

The Team Power Ranking is a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential. The system rates teams in the same fashion as decathlete or heptathlete. Points are assigned for two athletes in each event contested in a dual meet and points assigned on the basis of quality of performance. The top person in each event has his/her points doubled to adjust for the value of the number one performer on each team in a dual meet. The points for all events are then totaled for the ranking score.

Among the Best in the World

OU freshman Leslie Dunlap is currently ranked third in the world in the junior division (19 years and under) in the pole vault. Her vault of 13-3.50 at the Texas Relays on April 6 earned her a spot on the prestigious list.

Sooner volunteer coach Kurt Hanna moved into the world rankings with his 18-10.25 vault at the Abilene Christian Open Classic on May 10. Hanna is ranked fifth in the world with that jump.

Making Their Mark

Several Sooners show up in the latest U.S. Rankings produced by Track and Field News (June 2001 issue). These rankings list all US competitors regardless of affliliation. Senior LaBoris Bean is eighth in the 400-meter hurdles. The men's shuttle hurdle relay (Bean, Jonas Lusk, Ryan Clarke, Joey Scott) is sixth. Senior Justin Conkling is 10th in the decathlon and junior Jimyria Hicks is 10th in the women's 200.

The Last Time Out

Both OU teams finished sixth in the 2001 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship held May 16-19 in College Station, Texas. For the Sooner women, the finish tied their best finish ever and they scored the most points in their Big 12 meet history. For the men, it was the best team finish and point total since the 1998 meet.

OU crowned two champions -- Bambi Carson in the discus, with a Big 12 meet record effort of 179-7, and Leslie Dunlap in the women's pole vault. Carson's title marked the first time a woman has repeated as Big 12 discus champion in conference history. Sooners who finished second in the meet included Justin Conkling in the decathlon, Janel Hayes in the long jump, Jimyria Hicks in the 200-meter dash, the men's 400-meter relay (Marcus Bivines, Edwin Jones, Joey Scott and L'eron George), and the men's 1600-meter relay (Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis, Aldwyn Sappleton, LaBoris Bean).

NCAA Watch

OU added one NCAA automatic and 16 provisional qualifying marks at the Big 12 Championships. Bambi Carson got the NCAA automatic mark with her effort in the discus. Sooners who posted NCAA provisionals included first-time marks for Janel Hayes, 20-9.25 in the long jump, and Jimyria Hicks, 11.48 in the 100-meter dash. Sooners who improved previously posted marks included Alesha Peel, 13.17 in the 100-meter hurdles, Hicks, 23.13 in the 200, Jessica Longfors, 167-1 in the discus, Justin Conkling, 7474 in the decathlon, Mike McNamara, 17-5 in the pole vault, the women's 400-meter relay (Alesha Peel, Jimyria Hicks, Janel Hayes, Staneshia Bell) with a 44.53, and the men's 1600-meter relay (Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis, Aldwyn Sappleton, LaBoris Bean) with a 3:04.07.

Note-able

The Big 12 Conference had eight men's pole vaulters qualify for the NCAA meet ... One of the Sooners who got an NCAA provisional mark for the first time at the Big 12 Championship (Janel Hayes - long jump) made the NCAA field ... The top eight finishers in the Big 12 in the 100-meter women's hurdles all posted NCAA automatic or provisional times ... Seven of the top eight finishers in the Big 12 women's 200 had NCAA automatic or provisional marks ... Five of the top eight times in the women's 5,000 meter were NCAA provisional marks as were seven of the top eight in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase ... The top five times in the women's 400-meter relay at the conference meet were NCAA automatic or provisional marks ... Three of the top eight times in the women's 400 IH were NCAA automatic times ... A total of 18 NCAA automatic marks were set in the Big 12 Women's final events ... Four of the top eight times in the men's 400 IH were NCAA automatic or provisional marks ... Four of the top eight vaults in the men's pole vault were NCAA automatic or provisional marks ... Four of the top eight marks in the decathlon were NCAA provisional marks ... A total of five NCAA automatic marks were posted in the Big 12 men's finals.

Missing the Meet

Several Sooners had NCAA provisional times but were not invited to the championship. Those who met the provisional standard but who didn't get the call (with event, mark and final ranking) included:

Joey Scott (13.84 in the 110 high hurdles - April 14) -- 23rd

Joey Scott (50.74 in the 400-meter IH - March 24) -- 24th

Jimyria Hicks (11.48 in the 100 - May 18) -- 34th

Staneshia Bell (11.51 in the 100 - May 5) -- 46th

Jessica Longfors (167-1 in the discus - May 18) -- 24th

the women's 400-meter relay (44.53 - May 19) -- 25th

Webb Named to the Verizon Spring At-Large District All-Academic Team

OU senior Stephanie Webb was one of 10 student-athletes named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District Women's Spring At-Large team by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Webb, who has a 4.0 grade point average in mechanical engineering, was named to the Big 12 All-Academic team earlier this month.

Webb was one of three Big 12 student-athletes named to the first team and one of only two to record a perfect 4.00 grade point average. Her name will now appear on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.

Webb was a leader for the Sooner cross country and track distance squads. Webb had a career best in the 5000-meter run on Saturday at the Big 12 Championship. She also posted the best time on the team in the indoor 3000-meter run and the outdoor 3000-meter run. She had the second best 1500-meter time on the team as well.

An honors scholar at OU, she was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree in track and earned Academic All-Big 12 honors in cross country three times. A multi-time Dean's and President's Honor Roll selection, Webb was named as a Phillips 66 Classroom Champion and has been on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll eight times.

It marks the third academic honor for Webb in recent weeks. Last month, she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honorary which recognizes academic excellence in all disciplines. Honorees must be in the top 10 percent of their class as senior or graduate students or in the top five percent of their class as last semester juniors.

Contact

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

2001 Outdoor Schedule March 15-16 (Th-F)at College Station Combined

March 17 (Sa)at College Station Relays

OU women second, OU men third

Three NCAA provisional qualifiers (ind.)

March 24 (Sa)at Jim Click Invitational

OU women fourth, OU men third

Three NCAA provisional qualifiers (ind.)

March 30-31 (F-Sa)at Florida Relays

Four NCAA provisional qualifiers (ind.)

One NCAA provisional qualifier (relay)

at Arlington Invitational

April 5-7 (Th-Sa)at Texas Relays

Seven NCAA provisional qualifiers (ind.)

One NCAA provisional qualifier (relay)

April 6 (F)at UCO Relays

April 14 (Sa)John Jacobs Inv.

Seven NCAA provisional qualifiers (ind.)

One NCAA provisional qualifier (relay)

April 19-20 (Th-F)at Mt. Sac Relays

One NCAA provisional qualifier

April 21 (Sa)at Michael Johnson Invitational

Five NCAA provisional qualifiers (individual)

One NCAA provisional qualifier (relay)

April 26-28 (Th-Sa)at Penn Relays

One NCAA provisional qualifier (individual)

One NCAA provisional qualifier (relay)

April 27-28 (F-Sa)at Drake Relays

Two NCAA provisional qualifiers (individual)

April 28 (Sa)Oklahoma Outdoor

One NCAA provisional qualifier (individual)

May 5 (Sa)at Texas Tech Dual

Three NCAA provisional qualifiers (individual)

One NCAA provisional qualifier (relay

May 10 (Th)at Abilene Christian Inv.

Four NCAA provisional qualifiers (individual)

May 16-19 (W-Sa)at Big 12 Championships, College Station, Texas

OU women sixth with 70.45 points

OU men sixth with 65 points

One NCAA automatic qualifier (individual)

14 NCAA provisional qualifiers (individual)

Two NCAA provisional qualifers (relays)

May 30- (W-Sa)at NCAA Championships, Eugene, Ore. June 2