May 19, 2001

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas Jimyria Hicks ran the 10th fastest time in the country in the 200 this season, 23.13, to lead the Sooner women and LaBoris Bean passed the Texas' anchor leg after the final curve to lead the Sooner men to a second-place finish in the 1600-mter relay as the Sooner wrapped up a successful Big 12 Track and Field Championship.

The OU women scored 70.45 points, the highest point total in OU history since the start of the Big 12 in 1997. It also was good for a sixth place finish, tying OU's best team standing since the conference started. The Sooner men also finished sixth with 65 points, an improvement over the last two years.

Hicks also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash, ran the second leg of OU's NCAA provisional qualifying 400-meter relay, then ran the second leg of OU's fifth place 1600-meter relay. The Arlington, Texas, junior finished seventh in points scored for the entire meet with 15.25.

Bean also was busy, finishing fourth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time. The final sprint by Bean gave the Sooners a season best 3:04.07 in the 1600-meter relay, just .07 second off an automatic qualifying time. It was the first time this season for the quartet of Raoul Harvey, Ernest Lewis, Aldwyn Sappleton.and Bean to run together.

Bambi Carson was 13th in points with 14 (a first in the discus and fifth in the shot put). Joey Scott finished 13th overall in the point totals with 12. He was third in the 110-meter hurdles, fifth in the 400-meter intermeidate hurdles and on OU's seventh place 400-meter relay.

Texas A&M won the men's team title and Kansas State held off Nebraska in the 1600-meter relay to win the women's team title.

Other Sooners who got NCAA provisional marks today included Alesha Peel who finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.36, the women's 400-meter relay with a season-best 44.35, LaBoris Bean, who was fourth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a 50.72, and Michael McNamara, who came back from a snapped pole on his first attempt at 17-5 to clear his final attempt at the height and finish fourth in the pole vault. That marked a season best for the Tulsa junior who is continuing his comeback from a knee injury. Ironically, the pole that snapped today was the one he was using when he hurt his knee. McNamara's effort led the Sooner vaulters to an 11-point performance in the event.

This weekend marks the final opportunity for athletes to post marks to be considered for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The NCAA will announced the field late Thursday or Friday. The meet begins on May 30 in Eugene, Ore.