March 7, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma Track and Field program will have 11 entries in this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as the NCAA announced the full field for the competition Monday evening. The OU program already had seven athletes accounting for eight automatic qualifying entries heading into Monday’s announcement and added three more at-large athletes.
Big 12 Performer of the Year and USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year Mookie Salaam leads the Oklahoma contingent as the Edmond, Okla., native automatically qualified in both the 60- and 200-meter dash. Salaam won Big 12 titles in both events and is one of only five athletes to be in the field for both events.
The men’s 5,000-meter run will have two OU athletes in the 16-man field as George Alex automatically qualified and Kevin Schwab will run as the 12th seed. The two join duos from Indiana and Wisconsin as the only two programs with two runners in the top 12 of the event.
Oklahoma’s throws program will send three athletes to the meet, all three having already automatically qualified, as K.P. Singh competes in the men’s weight throw while Karen Shump and Tia Brooks take on the women’s shot put. Singh is the only Big 12 athlete in the field of his event while Shump and Brooks comprise the only duo from the same school in the shot put’s top 10.
Both the 60- and 200-meter dash on the women’s side will have OU athletes in the field as the Big 12 champion in the 60-meter dash, Scottesha Miller, runs in the shortest sprint while Oklahoma record holder Candyce McGrone will compete in the 200-meter dash.
The Oklahoma women’s group is rounded out by two horizontal jumpers as Ti’Anca Mock and Jasmine Simmons both qualified for the long and triple jumps, respectively.
The two-day competition begins Friday at 10 a.m. on the campus of Texas A&M University.