Jan. 27, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams opened competition at the Razorback Invitational Friday. The Sooners ended the first day of competition with 11 top-10 finishes, including five in the top five.
Claire McConnell took fourth in the pentathlon, turning in the second-best performance in program history with a personal-best 3,709 points. Alisa Jenkins was eighth in the event with a personal-best 3,454 points, a mark that ranks seventh on the all-time list.
Kristen Rice turned in the best performance of her career to take second in the high jump. The junior cleared a personal-best 5-9.75, a mark that ties for the eighth best in program history.
Tia Brooks took second in the shot put with a throw of 57-10.25. Brooks hit the mark in her second and sixth attempts after opening with a throw of 56-2. The throw is her second consecutive NCAA Championship automatic qualifying mark. Teammate Karen Shump was third in her first action of the season (54-3.25). Shump’s best throw came on her second attempt. Bailey Wagner came in sixth with a personal-best throw of 51-5 and moved into sixth on the all-time list in the event.
The women’s distance medley relay of Molly Ferguson, Shelleyeka Rolle, Natalie Crain and Kelsey Brown finished second in 11:41.43.
Katie Adair finished sixth in the pole vault, jumping a personal-best 13-1.75. Morgan Nichols also posted a personal best in the event, finishing 13th with a jump of 11-10.50. Jacy Bennett was 15th (11-2.50).
Sherine Wells was ninth in the women’s 60-meter dash preliminaries. Wells clocked a 7.62 to finish third in her heat and advance to Saturday’s semifinals at 1 p.m. CT.
Seth Lewandowski ended the first day of the heptathlon with 2,432 points. The event resumes Saturday at noon CT. Conrad Aaron finished 13th in the men’s shot put with a throw of 52-11. Jake Huddleston cleared a personal best 15-5 in the men’s pole vault.
A pair of Sooners finished in the top 10 of the men’s high jump. Landon Sharp was seventh and Christian Johnson ninth after each cleared 6-5. The mark ties Johnson’s collegiate best set a week ago in Norman. Alex Madkins finished the long jump with a mark of 21-11.75.
Evan Pierson, Marcus Anderson and Michael Ervin all participated in the men’s 60-meter dash preliminaries but they were not among the 16 athletes to advance to Saturday’s semifinal. The trio competed in the 200-meter dash final with Pierson finishing in 21.86, Anderson in 22.04 and Ervin in 22.45.
Action resumes at the event Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CT. A link to live results is available at SoonerSports.com.