April 4, 2001
For the second time in two weeks, the OU men's and women's track and field teams will split up this weekend. Those whose marks met qualifying standards will travel to Austin, Texas, for the 74th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Those who didn't meet qualifying marks will travel to the UCO Relays.
Competition in the Texas Relays begins for OU on Thursday with the Sooner entries in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. The majority of the OU student-athletes will open competition on Friday with the meet scheduled to end at Saturday afternoon.
The UCO Relays are scheduled for Friday.
The National Rankings
The Sooner women are ranked ninth in the country and the men are ranked 12th in the latest USTCA Power 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 hepthatlete. 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.
The Last Time Out
Junior Mike Westlund won his second pole vault title in two weeks and posted his third NCAA provisional mark in three weeks to lead the Sooner contingent in Gainesville at the 58th annual Florida Relays.
Bambi Carson posted her third consecutive NCAA provisional mark in the shot put, boosting her season best to 50-9.25 which placed third. She also was third in the discus. Senior LaBoris Bean got his first NCAA provisional mark of the outdoor season with a 50.97 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He finished second with the time. Senior Alesha Peel finished third in the 100-meter low hurdles with a 13.50, her first NCAA provisional mark in the outdoor season.
Other top Sooner finishes included Jimyria Hicks, who ran a 12.10 to win her heat and finish second in the 100-meter dash and finished fourth in the 200 with a 24.08, Sand Swaby, who was fifth in the pole vault with an outdoor career-best 10-10, tied for second in the high jump and 10th in the 100-meter high hurdles with a 14.59, the women's sprint medley relay which was sixth with a 4:00.53, L'eron George, who was sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05, the men's sprint medley relay which finished second with a 3:22.61, the men's 4 x 110-meter shuttle hurdle relay which was third with a 58.03, Ernest Lewis, who finished second in the men's 400-meter dash with a season-best 46.73, Raoul Harvey, who added a fifth-place finish in the 400, Joey Scott, who was fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles, and Brett Corlett, who tied for fifth in the pole vault.
The Sooners finished third in the women's 400-meter relay, posting an NCAA provisional mark in the process, and sixth in the 1600-meter relay. OU ran a 44.86 and the relay included Peel, Hicks, Janel Hayes and Staneshia Bell. The Sooner men were third in the 400- and the 1600-meter relays.
Meanwhile at the Arlington Invitational, junior Kyle Bookout won the discus title with a season-best effort of 168-01 to lead the Sooners. He also finished sixth in the shot put with a 47-7.75.
Ten other Sooners posted season bests in events they had previously competed in this spring. Those posting season bests included Alaina Dearman and Kelli O'Rourke in the 800-meter run, Amanda Luksetich in the 5,000-meter run, Mary Waytula in the 100-meter low hurdles, Megan Crystal in the shot put, Mark Moss in the 400-meter dash, Joey McNair in the 800- and 1500-meter runs, Brontez Steele in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and Joe Butler in the high jump.
OU had five provisional qualifiers in the Florida Relays. Two of those five, Bambi Carson and Michael Westlund, had already met provisional stanards. Carson is ranked seventh with a 50-9.25 (from the Florida Relays) while Westlund is ranked fifth in the latest ranking (April 2) with his 17-8.50 in the pole vault (from the Jim Click Shootout). LaBoris Bean is ranked fifth after recording his first NCAA provisional time of the season with a 50.97 at Florida. Alesha Peel joined the provisional list with her 13.50 at Florida and is ranked 10th nationally. The Sooner women are ranked eighth in the 400-meter relay (Peel, Jimyria Hicks, Janel Hayes, Staneshia Bell) with their time of 44.86 from the Florida Relays. Joey Scott is ranked fourth with a 50.74 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, a mark he posted in Tucson. Jessica Longfors is ranked seventh in the discus throw with her effort of 165-8 at the College Station Relays.
The 2000 Outdoor Season
The Sooners produced 10 NCAA All-Americans during the 2000 outdoor season. The men's 1600-meter relay team (LaBoris Bean, Michael Jackson, Raoul Harvey and Michael Blackwood) finished fifth and the women's 1600-meter relay team (Staneshia Bell, LaKisha Robinson, Alicia Emanuel and Jennifer Fontenot) finished eighth. Individuals earning All-America honors included Blackwood in the 400, Fontenot in the women's 400 and Michael Westlund in the pole vault. Other qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor for the Sooners last year included Michael McNamara in the pole vault, Bean in the men's 400 IH, and the women's 400-meter relay (Janel Hayes, LaToyia Hinds, Jimyria Hicks and Bell). Of those qualifiers/placers, the Sooners return nine, losing only Blackwood, Jackson, Fontenot and Hinds.
The Sooner women finished sixth in the Big 12 while the men finished seventh. OU produced conference champions in women's discus (Bambi Carson) and the men's 400-meter run (Blackwood).
The Sooners will host the annual John Jacobs Invitational next weekend. The high school division is set for Friday while the university portion of the meet is set for Saturday. The meet marks the fifth of an 11-weekend outdoor slate that will end with the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Ore., May 30-June 2. The Sooners will compete every weekend but May 25-26 and will often have student-athletes at multiple meets.
For more information on Sooner track and field, contact track SID Debbie Copp at (405) 325-8367.