June 21, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Former Sooner and two-time Big 12 discus champion Bambi Carson finished 10th in the discus Thursday night at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Carson threw 167-3, well below the school record throw she posted last month at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Carson threw the discus 180-6 to finish fourth at the NCAA Championships, held at the same facility, last month. She earned All-America honors for that finish.

She was the fourth-best finisher among the collegians (those who just completed their senior year or still have college eligibility remaining) at the U.S. Senior Nationals. That finish may earn her trips to additional competitions in that age group later this summer.

Senior-to-be Jimyria Hicks finished 16th in the prelims of the 100-meter dash with an 11.73 and was the final qualifier for the next round. She will run in the semifinals on Friday with the final is scheduled for later Friday if she advances as one of the top eight. Former Sooner LaBoris Bean ran a 51.26 in the prelims of the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. He finished fifth in his heat and did not advance to Friday's semifinals. Hicks will be the only competitor on Friday for the Sooners. On Saturday, she is scheduled to compete in the 200-meter dash prelims and former Sooner Alesha Peel will open her competition in the 100-meter hurdles.

Bean and Peel, like Carson, completed their last month at the NCAA Championships.

Additionally, several current and former Sooners are in Kingston, Jamaica, competing in Jamaican Nationals this weekend. They include current Sooners Sand Swaby (high jump and pole vault), Aldwyn Sappleton (800), Ryan Clarke (400 intermediate hurdles), and Raoul Harvey (400-meter dash) as well as former Sooners Michael Blackwood (400-meter dash), Omar Brown (400-meter intermediate hurdles and possibly the 400-meter dash), Kevin James (400-meter intermediate hurdles), and Danny McFarlane (400-meter dash) will participate in the Jamaican Nationals.