Feb. 11, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Junior sprinter Mookie Salaam lowered his own NCAA leading time en route to winning the men’s 60-meter dash as he led a group of Oklahoma Track and Field athletes Friday at the Tyson Invitational. Salaam entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the world and improved his time in the semifinals to 6.54 before winning the event with a time of 6.59. Both marks eclipsed the NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 6.60. Only Jamaica’s Nesta Carter has run a faster time in the world this season with a 6.52 at Millrose Games on Jan. 28.
Salaam advanced to the semfinals after clocking the fastest time of the event’s prelims, 6.63. With the three rounds of competition, Salaam is one of only two athletes in the world this season to run sub-6.60 three times. Salaam’s 6.54 and 6.59 on Friday along with his 6.55 at the Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge on Jan. 29 is matched only in the sub-6.60 category by the 2010 World Silver medalist, USA’s Mike Rodgers, who owns times of 6.56, 6.56 and 6.58 this season.
On the women’s side of the 60-meter dash, Shawna Anderson finished third with a time of 7.35, improving on her semifinal time of 7.36 and just off her season best of 7.33. OU’s Scottesha Miller also qualified for the finals after running a time of 7.30 in the semifinals but chose not to run in the finals in expectations of tomorrow’s 200-meter dash.
Miller reached the semifinals with the seventh-fastest time of the event’s prelims, winning the third heat with a time of 7.29. The time equaled the best by an OU athlete this season, tying Candyce McGrone’s 7.29 at the New Balance Invitational. Anderson ran 7.34, 13th best in the prelims.
The invitational division of the women’s pole vault saw Alexandra Acker improve her PR by over three inches as she finished sixth with a height of 13-3.50 (4.05). The senior in her first year with the Sooners moved to No. 2 on the OU all-time performance list and is just over two inches behind the Oklahoma record of 13-5.75 (4.11) set by Leslie Dunlap in 2002.
Shakeeri Cole lowered her season mark in the women’s 800-meter run Friday as she finished third overall with a time of 2:12.27. The time is the second-fastest 800 by an Oklahoma athlete this season behind the 2:11.91 run by Kelsey Brown on Jan. 29.
Action at the event resumes Saturday at 11 a.m.
Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 60-Meter Dash: 1. Mookie Salaam 6.59; 37. Jeremy Rankin 6.91; 38. Jeremy Rankin 6.91
Men’s 400-Meter Dash: 15. Eric Bailey 47.67; 20. Remuro Henry 47.88; 31. Daniel Nix 48.19; 37. Trayvion Jones 48.65; 47. Marcus Anderson 49.09
Men’s Long Jump: 4. Alex Madkins 24-1.75 (7.36)
Women’s 60-Meter Dash: 3, Shawna Anderson 7.35; 35. Sherine Wells 7.51
Women’s 400-Meter Dash: 41. Shelleyeka Rolle 56.31
Women’s 800-Meter Run: 3. Shakeeri Cole 2:12.27
Women’s Mile: 12. Hilary Krein 5:06.64
Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles: 30. Jesica Ejesieme 8.73
Women’s Invitational Pole Vault: 6. Alexandra Acker 13-3.50 (4.05)
Women’s Pole Vault: 6. Sarah Pappas 11-9.75 (3.60); 14. Jacy Bennett 11-3.75 (3.45)
Women’s Invitational Long Jump: 11. Ti’Anca Mock 19-9.50 (6.03)
Women’s Long Jump: 11. Jasmine Simmons 18-9.25 (5.71); 16. Kristen Carson 18-2.25 (5.54)