April 12, 2001

After eight weeks on the road, the University of Oklahoma men's and women's track and field teams are back in Norman to host a meet. The Sooners will host the 32nd annual John Jacobs Invitational Saturday. Action will begin at 9 a.m. at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex.

The Schedules
Field event competiton will begin at 9 a.m. with the morning session beginning at 9:30 a.m. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. The final field event, the men's high jump, is set to begin at 2 p.m., while the final event on the track, the men's 1600-meter relay, is set to start at 4:40 p.m. A complete schedule is included with this release.

The Competitors
Joining the Sooners in Saturday's competition are Texas-Arlington, North Texas, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma Baptist, Southwestern (Kansas), Southern Nazarene, Paul Quinn College, Bacone, St. Gregory's, Barton County and the Oklahoma State women.

The National Rankings
The Sooner women are ranked 20th in the country and the men are ranked 23rd 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 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.

The Last Time Out
It was quite a weeked for the Sooners who sent athletes to the UCO Relays in Edmond on Friday and the Texas Relays Thursday through Saturday. Freshman Leslie Dunlap led the way, winning the Texas Relays pole vault title with a 13-3.5. The mark was less than two inches lower than an NCAA automatic mark and a season best for the Choctaw freshman by more than a foot.The mark by Dunlap also set an OU school record, breaking the record set of 12-2 set by Monika Erlach in 1999.

Dunlap was one of seven Sooner individuals or relays to post NCAA provisional marks in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Other Sooner results from the final day included Michael Westlund, who finished fifth with a season-best, NCAA provisional mark of 17-10.5 in the men's pole vault, section A, Brett Corlett, who was 15th with a 15-11 in the men's pole vault, section B, Bambi Carson, who was seventh with an NCAA provisional mark of 50-8 in the women's shot put, section A, Alesha Peel, who was sixth with a season-best NCAA provisional qualifying time of 13.34, LaBoris Bean, who was third with a season-best, NCAA provisional mark of 50.23 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Joey Scott, who was ninth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a 52.52, the men's 800-meter relay which finished 11th with a 1:25.88, the men's 400-meter relay which was seventh with a season-best 40.26, and the women's 400-meter relay which was sixth with a season-best, NCAA provisional qualifying time of 44.81.

On Friday, Peel, posted her second consecutive NCAA provisional qualifying time. Peel won her heat and posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time with a 13.30 in the 100-meter hurdles. While the time is better than the one she posted on Saturday, it was wind aided and will not count as a school record.

In Edmond, OU had double winners in Shayla Austin, who won the long jump and triple jump, and Megan Crystal, who won the discus and shot put. Other winners for OU included Mary Waytula, who won the 100-meter hurdles, Jenny Ledford, who won the 1500-meter run, Briana Hope, who won the 200-meter dash, the men's 3,200-meter relay, Cecil Rose, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Justin Conkling, who won the high jump, and Mark Moss, who won the 200-meter dash. Additionally, Taylor Cates, who is competing unattached while sitting out this year as a transfer, won the high jump and the 100-meter dash.

NCAA Update
OU had eight provisional qualifiers in the Texas Relays. Several of those had had already met provisional stanards. Leslie Dunlap got her first provisional mark of the season with a 13-3.5 at Texas. She ranks eighth in the latest NCAA rankings (April 10). Bambi Carson is ranked 14th with a 50-9.25 (from the Florida Relays) while Michael Westlund is ranked eighth in the latest ranking with his 17-10.50 in the pole vault (from the Texas Relays). LaBoris Bean is ranked third after recording his second NCAA provisional time of the season with a 50.23 at Texas. Alesha Peel joined the provisional list with her 13.34 at Texas and is ranked ninth nationally. The Sooner women are ranked 15th in the 400-meter relay (Peel, Jimyria Hicks, Janel Hayes, Staneshia Bell) with their time of 44.81 from the Texas Relays. Joey Scott is ranked sixth with a 50.74 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, a mark he posted in Tucson. Jessica Longfors is ranked 16th 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).

Special Thanks
The Sooners will recognize a pair of long-time track and field officials at the meet on Saturday. Bob Knight, OU's starter for a number of years, has decided to retire. Additionally, the Sooners will say goodbye to Jim Smith, OU's long-time high jump head official. Both have volunteered for Sooner meets and other collegiate and invitational meets.

Next Up
The Sooners will head to the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas, next Saturday.

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

32nd Annual John Jacobs Invitational

Schedule of Events

TimeEventField Events
9 a.m.JavelinWomen
JavelinMen
10 a.m.Long JumpWomen
10:30 a.m.Shot PutWomen
11 a.m.Long Jump (Women Triple Jump to follow)Men
11 a.m.Pole VaultWomen
NoonShot Put (Women's Discus to follow)Men
12:30 p.m.High JumpWomen
1 p.m.Pole VaultMen
2 p.m.High JumpMen

Running Events

Morning Section

9:30 a.m.1500-meter run (slow sections)Women
9:45 a.m.1500-meter run (slow sections)Men
10 a.m.100-meter hurdles (prelims)Women
10:10 a.m.110-meter high hurdles (prelims)Men
10:20 a.m.400-meter dash (slow sections)Women
10:30 a.m.400-meter dash (slow sections)Men
10:40 a.m.100-meter dash (prelims)Women
10:50 a.m.100-meter dash (prelims)Men
11 a.m.800-meter run (slow section)Women
11:15 a.m.800-meter run (slow section)Men
11:30 a.m.200-meter dash (slow section)Women
11:40 a.m.200-meter dash (slow section)Men
11:50 a.m.Shuttle Hurdle RelayWomen
NoonShuttle Hurdle RelayMen

Afternoon Section

1:30 p.m.3,000-meter runWomen
1:45 p.m.3000-meter steeplchaseMen
2 p.m.400-meter relayWomen
2:05 p.m.400-meter relayMen
2:10 p.m.1,500-meter run (fast section)Women
2:15 p.m.1,500-meter run (fast section)Men
2:20 p.m.100-meter hurdlesWomen
2:25 p.m.110-meter hurdlesMen
2:30 p.m.400-meter dash (fast section)Women
2:35 p.m.400-meter dash (fast section)Men
2:40 p.m100-meter dash Women
2:45 p.m.100-meter dash Men
2:50 p.m.800-meter run (fast section) Women
2:55 p.m.800-meter run (fast section)Men
3 p.m.400-meter IH (timed sections)Women
3:15 p.m.400-meter IH (timed sections)Men
3:30 p.m.200-meter dash (fast section)Women
3:35 p.m.200-meter dash (fast section)Men
3:40 p.m.5,000-meter runWomen
4:05 p.m.5,000-meter runMen
4:30 p.m.1,600-meter relayWomen
4:40 p.m.1,600-meter relayMen