Jan. 28, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams closed out action at the Razorback Invitational Saturday afternoon with 18 top-10 finishes. George Alex highlighted the afternoon, setting a new program record in the men’s 3,000-meter run. Alex finished in fifth in the invitational event, crossing the line in seven minutes, 52.92 seconds, besting the previous school record by more than three seconds.
Riley Masters made his Sooner debut Saturday, finishing second in the men’s invitational mile. His 4:00.54 is the third fastest time in program history. Eric Harasyn was fifth in the race (4:01.29). Kevin Schwab took eighth in the men’s invitational 3,000-meter run (8:01.67), while Kevin Williams was 11th (8:07.06).
Jessica Engel took fourth in the women’s invitational 3,000-meter run and posted a new personal best in the event, finishing in 9:16.11, the second best time in OU history. Rylee Rackley continued to improve in the women’s weight throw. Rackley finished sixth with a personal record throw of 57 feet, 6.50 inches, the third best mark in program history.
The men’s invitational 800-meter run featured the fifth fastest time in program history as Frezer Legesse finished seventh with a personal-best 1:49.76. Daniel Mazar also had a personal record in the event (1:52.44).
Shelleyeka Rolle set a personal best in the women’s 400-meter dash, running the ninth-best time in OU history at 55.29. Hilary Krein was among the 12 athletes setting personal records on the day. She finished the women’s 3,000-meter run in 10:00.21.
OU had a trio of runners in the men’s 3,000-meter run which saw Daniel Nicolls (8:\22.09) and Josh Gracia (8:36.13) set personal bests in the event. Patrick Gomez finished in 8:28.27.
Ethan Baker took seventh in the men’s 400-meter dash with a personal-record 47.51. Jamel Wood made his OU debut, finishing in 47.79. Malcolm Anderson qualified for the men’s 60-meter hurdles final where he finished third in 7.80.
After qualifying for today’s semifinal last night, Sherine Wells moved on to the finals of the women’s 60-meter dash where she took seventh (7.59). Natalie Crain also registered a top-five finish, taking fourth in the women’s 800-meter run in 2:13.87. Brandon Doughty set a personal best in the men’s 800-meter run, taking sixth in 1:52.53.
The Sooner women had a trio of runners in the women’s mile, including Kelsey Brown who took sixth (4:56.42) in her first time to run the race. Molly Ferguson also finished in the top 10 in 5:01.78, while Kelly Waters was just behind Ferguson (5:02.44). Taylor Wardall took sixth in the men’s mile (4:09.91).
In addition to Rackley’s performance in the weight throw, the duo of Angel Togafau (54-3.25) and Bailey Wagner (52-11) were 10th and 11th respectively. Alex Madkins set a personal best in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 46-6.75.
Seth Lewandowski finished his first collegiate heptathlon with 4,451 points, the 10th highest point total in the event in OU history. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Wood, Baker, Marcus Anderson and Michael Ervin placed seventh with a time of 3:13.15.
At the Oklahoma Christian Invitational #1 in Norman, Matt Wicks won the men's 60-meter hurdles with a pesonal-best time of 8.13. Tre Lathan was third in the event, crossing the lin in 8.32, also a personal best. Jeremy Rankin took third in the men's 60-meter dash final with a personal record time of 7.01.
Oklahoma returns to action next weekend at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., New Balance Invitational in New York City and Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas.