April 13, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma Track and Field program hosts its first outdoor meet of the 2011 season this weekend with the 42nd running of the John Jacobs Invitational. The two-day meet kicks off Friday at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex with high school action and concludes on Saturday with collegiate action. Admission to both days of competition is free.
The meet is part of the OU Marketing Department's Year of the Fan promotion and free OU Track and Field Year of the Fan pins will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. In addition to this weekend’s home meet, 10 men’s distance athletes will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Kent Taylor - Joe Hilton Carolina Invite.
Saturday action at the John Jacobs Invitational begins at 10 a.m. with the men’s javelin kicking off the field events and running events taking off at 1:30 p.m. The high school competition on Friday is slated to begin at 10 a.m. as well. Parking for both events will be available in the Duck Pond parking lot to the north of the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex.
The meet will feature eight ranked teams including the No. 7 Oklahoma women and No. 17 Oklahoma men. Several ranked athletes will also be in competition in the meet including a field of 24 ranked entries from the OU program. The throws ring will feature the majority of the ranked Oklahoma athletes as the women’s discus has five ranked Sooners led by No. 5 Brittany Borman and No. 7 Karen Shump. Shump is also ranked No. 5 in the shot put, a ranking she shares with teammate Tia Brooks while Borman is ranked No. 3 in the javelin.
On the men’s side, Luke Bryant will take his No. 4 national ranking in the men’s discus into a competition that also features No. 19 K.P. Singh. Singh, the Oklahoma record holder in the hammer throw, enters the competition ranked No. 9 nationally in the event.
Saturday will also feature the individual outdoor debut for Mookie Salaam, the 2011 NCAA Indoor national champion in the 200-meter dash. Salaam enters the weekend ranked No. 3 nationally in the outdoor 200 and No. 15 in the 100-meter dash. Oklahoma holds the No. 3 ranking in both the men’s and women’s 200-meter dash as Candyce McGrone will take to the track in her signature event for the first time this outdoor season.
Three Oklahoma athletes and one relay will look to defend their 2010 meet titles over the weekend. Singh (hammer throw), Shump (shot put), Latoya Greaves (100-meter hurdles) and the men’s 4x400-meter relay will all attempt to win their respective events for a second consecutive year.
PLEASE NOTE: High school heat sheets have been revised since Thursday's morning posting.