Dec. 9, 2000

MANHATTAN, Kan. - OU senior Justin Conkling won the men's title after spending a year as a redshirt and junior Taylor Cates won the women's title in the KSU Winter Pentathlon on Saturday. Cates, who transferred to OU, was competing unattached.

Sooner freshman Mary Waytula finished fourth in the women's meet.

Conkling finished with 3,898 points to win by 93 points. He scored the most points in the 60-meter high hurdles with the second-best time in the competition (8.33), good for 900 points. He had the second-best effort in the long jump (2-4.25), the third-best effort in the shot put (42-11.50), the second-best effort in the high jump (6-7) and the fourth-best time in the 1000-meter run (2:52.21).

Cates scored 3,375 points to win by 60 points while Waytula scored 3,103. Cates showed balance throughout the five events. She scored 771 points in the high jump and 769 in the 60-meter low hurdles. Cates had the fifth-best time in the 60-meter low hurdles (9.70) and the third-best high jump (5-4.25). She also had the fifth-best shot put (32-10.25), tied for first in the long jump (17-1.50) and had the fifth-best time in the 800 (2:30.64). Waytula picked up the majority of her points in the high jump with a 5-5.25. She got 806 points for the best jump in the competition. She also had the second-best time in the hurdles (9.34), good for 840 points.

The Sooners will take a break for final exams and the holiday before returning to competition in mid January. OU will host the OU Classic on Jan. 20 while the pole vaulters will travel to the Reno Summit Jan. 19-20.