April 2, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Freshman Kelsey Brown led the way for the No. 4 Oklahoma women Saturday at the Arkansas Spring Invitational with a win in the 800-meter run as the team combined for eight top-three finishes.
Brown shattered a meet record in the women’s 800-meter run as she won the event with a season-opening time of 2:08.99. The freshman’s time easily eclipsed the previous record of 2:17.05 as she moved into fifth in the Big 12 standings in the event. Saturday’s win is Brown’s second collegiate title as the Orem, Utah, native also won the 800 in her season-opening indoor event, coincidentally also held in Fayetteville, at the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 7.
Brown was one of three Sooners in the top five as Natalie Crain (2:11.54), who shaved three seconds off her PR, and Shakeeri Cole (2:11.74) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The quartet of Sherine Wells, Candyce McGrone, Jasmine Simmons and Shawna Anderson clocked a time of 44.37 in the 4x100-meter relay, narrowly missing in the win in the event. Running under the previous meet record of 46.28, the group finished just one-hundredth of a second behind the Arkansas relay that won the event with a time of 44.36.
Anderson returned to the track an hour later where she finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.52. The time is the 10th fastest in Oklahoma history. The junior ran a wind-aided 10.49 at last week’s North Texas Classic.
Oklahoma athletes took two of the three spots in thee women’s high jump as Kristen Rice finished second by equaling her personal best set at last week’s North Texas Classic with a height of 5-7.00 (1.70). Chenale Smith came in third at 5-5.00 (1.65). After taking all three attempts at 5-5.00 (1.65), Rice cleared 5-7.00 (1.70) on just her first attempt.
The women’s pole vault saw three of the four Oklahoma athletes in action clear personal bests. Sarah Pappas and Alexandra Acker led the way for the Sooners as they finished third and fourth at the height of 13-1.50 (4.00), the second-best height in OU history behind the program record 13-3.50 (4.05) set by Leslie Dunlap in 2001. Pappas cleared the height on her first attempt while Acker took two attempts to clear the height. Freshman Morgan Nichols improved last week’s season-opening height by six inches as she cleared 11-5.75 (3.50).
Jesica Ejesieme ran the seventh-fastest 400-meter hurdles in Oklahoma history as she took third in the event with a time of 1:00.38. The true freshman was less than a second off the winning time of 59.60. Ejesieme also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.92.
Oklahoma Final Results
Women’s 100-Meter Dash: 2. Shawna Anderson 11.52; 5. Sherine Wells 11.76
Women’s 400-Meter Dash: 7. Candyce McGrone 55.34
Women’s 800-Meter Run: 1. Kelsey Brown 2:08.99; 4. Natalie Crain 2:11.54; 5. Shakeeri Cole 2:11.74
Women's 1,500-Meter Run: 6. Annie Martin 4:34.00; 9. Molly Ferguson 4:36.07
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: 4. Jesica Ejesieme 13.92
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles: 3. Jesica Ejesieme 1:00.38; 8. Shelleyeka Rolle 1:02.83
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 2. Sherine Wells, Candyce McGrone, Jasmine Simmons, Shawna Anderson 44.37
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay: 3. Sherine Wells, Shakeeri Cole, Shawna Anderson, Shelleyeka Rolle 3:41.77
Women’s High Jump: 2. Kristen Rice 5-7.00 (1.70); 3. Chenale Smith 5-5.00 (1.65).
Women’s Pole Vault: 3. Sarah Pappas 13-1.50 (4.00); 4. Alexandra Acker 13-1.50 (4.00); 13. Morgan Nichols 11-5.75 (3.50); 14. Jacy Bennett 10-9.75 (3.30)
Women’s Long Jump: 11. Kristen Carson 13-5.50 (4.10)
Women’s Triple Jump: 4. Jasmine Simmons 40-0.00 (12.18)
Men’s Pole Vault: 7. Jake Huddleston 14-7.25 (4.45)