March 23, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — The Oklahoma women’s track and field team opened the 2011 outdoor season ranked No. 4 in the first outdoor rankings issued Wednesday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) while the Oklahoma men come in at No. 15. The OU women are second among Big 12 schools while the men are fourth.
Eleven individual Oklahoma athletes rank in the nation’s top 10 in their respective events with Ti’Anca Mock leading the way as the nation’s top long jumper. Mock also ranks 16th in the women’s triple jump.
Two Sooners own the nation’s second-best ranking as Candyce McGrone is No. 2 in the 200-meter dash and Brittany Borman is No. 2 in the javelin.
Borman also ranks No. 4 in the discus, one of two Sooners in the nation’s top 10 in the event as Karen Shump checks in at No. 6. Shump is also one of two athletes in the nation’s top 10 of the shot put as Tia Brooks is No. 10 in the event. Latoya Greaves rounds the Oklahoma women in the nation’s top 10 as the No. 6 100-meter hurdler.
The 2011 NCAA Indoor champion in the 200-meter dash, Mookie Salaam holds the No. 3 national ranking in the outdoor event. Salaam is one of two Oklahoma men in the nation’s top 10 of his respective event as Luke Bryant ranks No. 4 in the men’s discus. Eric Bailey rounds out the Oklahoma athletes in the nation’s top 10, coming in at No. 10 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The 2011 outdoor season started last season for OU and expands this weekend with the Stanford Invitational and the North Texas Invite.