Feb. 8, 2001

Norman, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma Sooner track and field teams will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the two-day Iowa State Invitational this weekend. Action begins in the field events at 4 p.m. Friday with the weight throw. The first event on the track is the women's 5,000-meter run, also scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday. There are two sessions scheduled for Saturday. The morning session begins at 10 a.m. with the men's 3,000-meter run. The first field event is the women's triple jump, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session continues on the track at 12:30 p.m. with prelims in the 60-meter hurdles. The final event, the men's 1600-meter relay, is scheduled for 6:25 p.m. The meet will be held at the ISU Recreation/Athletic Center.

A Quality Field
The ISU Classic draws entries from throughout the country. In addition to host Iowa State, Big 12 entries include OU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri and Texas Tech. The ISU meet is one of the major meets held this weekend and is one of the last big tests before the conference indoor meet Feb. 23-24.

Marks posted at this meet may be used toward qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championship to be held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Last Time Out
Alesha Peel set a school record and lowered her NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.23 to win the event in the inaugural J.D. Martin Invitational at the Mosier Indoor Center. The mark ranks as one of the top times in the conference in the event to date. Peel also finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a 25.24.

Senior Bambi Carson improved her NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the shot put to 51-8.25 and set a facility record in the process. The effort marked the second consecutive week for Carson throw better than 50 feet. Her first career 50-plus toss came at Arkansas. She broke a facility mark of 50-9.25 set by Amber Crumbo of Arkansas in 2000.

Other Sooner winners included Staneshia Bell, who doubled in the 60- and 200-meter dash, L'eron George, who won the 200, Ernest Lewis, who took the 400, Moses Washington, who cruised to victory in the 600-yard run, and Joey Scott, who won the 60-meter hurdles. The Sooners finished first and second in the women's 200-meter dash (with Bell and Jimyria Hicks) and the women's shot put (with Carson and Megan Crystal).

NCAA Update
Seniors Staneshia Bell, Bambi Carson and Alesha Peel and sophomore Michael Westlund have posted NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Bell had a 7.44 in the 60-meter dash and Carson had a 48-10.75 in the shot put to beat the NCAA provisional standard on Dec. 2 at the Oklahoma All Comers Meet. Peel posted her provisional mark (an 8.33 in the 60-meter dash) on Jan. 20. She dropped that mark to an 8.23 at the J.D. Martin Invitational on Feb. 3. Westlund's first provisional mark (17-6.5) came on Jan. 20 at the Reno Summit. Carson improved her provisional mark to 51-8.25 last Saturday while Westlund improved his provisional mark to 17-8.5 in action on Jan. 27.

Conference Rankings
Through six indoor meets, several Sooners have posted marks that rank among the best in the Big 12. La Boris Bean is seventh in the 60-meter hurdles and Joey Scott is eighth in that event. Ernest Lewis has the top time in the 200 and is fourth in the 400. Moses Washington has the second best time in the 600-yard run. The men's 1600-meter/mile relay is second and OU has the third and fourth ranked vaulters in Michael Westlund and Brett Corlett. Joe Butler is tied for fourth in the high jump and Justin Conkling has the best score in the pentathlon. For the women, Staneshia Bell is fifth in the 60 and fourth in the 200. Alesha Peel is second in the hurdles. LaKisha Robinson is fifth in the 600 and the mile relay is second. Leslie Dunlap leads the conference in the pole vault and Lindsey Harris is third. Janel Hayes ranks fourth in the long jump and Bambi Carson is third in the shot put.

This Year's Team
The Sooners are coming off a great year with the women finishing fifth in the Big 12 Indoor and the men finishing eighth. The Sooners had four indoor All-Americans and two, senior LaBoris Bean and junior Raoul Harvey, are back. The two were members of OU's second-place NCAA 1600-meter relay team. OU also crowned one Big 12 Indoor champion. Staneshia Bell, the first Sooner woman to win a Big 12 indoor title, is back in the sprints. Her title came in the 60-meter dash.

Next Up
The Sooners will host the Sooner Indoor, the final indoor home meet of the 2001 season, on Saturday, Feb. 17. Action begins at 10 a.m. 2000-2001 Schedule