May 4, 2001
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NORMAN, Okla. - The Sooner track and field teams are headed to Lubbock, Texas, for a dual meet with Texas Tech on Saturday, May 5. The field events begin at 2 p.m. with the running events set for 6 p.m.
With final examinations starting on the Norman campus on Saturday and the teams starting to taper for Big 12 and NCAA Championship action over the next four weeks, not everyone on the roster will participate in Lubbock.
The National Rankings
The Sooner men are ranked 30th in the country and the women are ranked 33rd in the latest USTCA Power Rankings. Both teams are the fifth best of the Big 12 schools in the rankings.
The Team Power Ranking is a unique system of ranking teams on the basis of quality of athletic performance, team depth, and dual meet scoring potential. The system rates teams in the same fashion as decathlete or heptathlete. Points are assigned for two athletes in each event contested in a dual meet and points assigned on the basis of quality of performance. The top person in each event has his/her points doubled to adjust for the value of the number one performer on each team in a dual meet. The points for all events are then totaled for the ranking score.
One of the Best in the World
OU freshman Leslie Dunlap is currently ranked third in the world in the junior division (19 years and under) in the pole vault. Her vault of 13-3.50 at the Texas Relays on April 6 earned her a spot on the prestigious list.
The Last Time Out
The Sooners split into three groups last weekend. The throwers and vaulters went to the 92nd Drake Relays while the sprinters headed to Philadelphia for the 107th Penn Relays. The rest of the team remained in Norman to host the Sooner Outdoor. Here's what happened in each of the meets.
The Sooner Outdoor -- Alesha Peel ran a 13.33 in the final of the 100-meter hurdles to post her best non-wind aided time of the season. The time also beat the NCAA provisional mark for the Tulsa senior.
A total of 15 Sooner women and seven Sooner men established season bests in the meet. Of those, 12 of the marks were OU career bests for the women and six were OU career bests for the men. OU career-best marks were posted by Ashley Cantwell (27.68 -200), Lameisa Thomas (57.93 - 400), Krystle Williams (58.66 - 400), Sara Justice (2:20.37 - 800), Abby Nutter (5:18.33 - 1500), Amanda Luksetich (11:15.46 - 3000), Jennifer DeMotto (1:14.19 - 400 IH), Jamie Lillie (11-1.75 - pole vault), Arianna Wertheim (34-0.25 - triple jump and 84-2 - javelin), Megan Crystal (45-4.25 - shot put and 138-5 - discus), Richard Bodau (11.30 - 100), Mark Moss (48.79 - 400), Andrew Crabbe (52.06 - 400), Chip Helaire (2:00.32 - 800), Brandon Kissack (8:43.60 - 3000), and Cecil Rose (8:56.72 - 3000).
OU winners included Thomas in the 400, the women's 400-meter relay, Crystal in the shot put, Moss in the 400, Moses Washington in the 800, the men's 400-meter relay, and the men's 1600-meter relay.
The Drake Relays -- Senior Bambi Carson finished fifth in the discus in competition at Drake with a 157-7. Kyle Bookout finished fourth in the discus. Leslie Dunlap finished sixth in the pole vault and Michael McNamara was 12th in the men's pole vault. Carson also finished second in the shot put with a 51-8.5, another NCAA provisional mark for her. Michael Westlund also got an NCAA provisional mark, finishing seventh in the special pole vault with a 17-10.25. Westlund was the second best finishing collegian in the meet. Senior Jessica Longfors finished ninth in the shot put with a 45-9 and the women's 3200-meter relay, Kelli O'Rourke, Corrie Hussar, Michelle Thomas and Alaina Dearman, finished 10th with a 9:10.41, a season best by nearly a minute. OU volunteer pole vault coach Kurt Hanna finished fifth in the special pole vault with an 18-4.
The Penn Relays -- Junior Sand Swaby finished second in the collegiate women's high jump championship (5-7.25) and senior Janel Hayes finished fourth in the collegiate women's flight of the long jump (19-4.75) in first-day action for the Sooners. The women's 400-meter relay finished second in its heat with a 45.43 and had the 15th fastest qualifying time (out of 93 relay teams). The relay finished fifth in the final. The women's 1600-meter relay posted a time of 3:47.68 to finish seventh in its heat. OU did not advance to the final in that event. The men's 1600-meter relay ran the third fastest qualifying time in the prelims, a 3:06.03, to post a season best and beat the NCAA provisional standard, then finished sixth in the final with a 3:08.34. Other Sooner results included a fourth-place finish in the men's shuttle hurdle relay and LaBoris Bean finishing third in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles with a 50.71 in the final, a time that broke the NCAA provisional standard. Jimyria Hicks, after qualifying with an 11.59, finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with an 11.61. Joey Scott was 11th in the 400 IH with a 52.42 and Ryan Clarke was 21st with a 52.97 in the 400 IH.
A pair of former Sooners, Danny McFarlane and Michael Blackwood, were members of the Jamaican relay that finished second in the USA vs. World 1600-meter relay event. McFarlane ran the third leg and Blackwood ran the anchor leg and both had 45.1 splits.
OU had five provisional qualifiers in last weekend's action. Alesha Peel improved her mark in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.33 at the Sooner Outdoor and the men's 1600-meter relay (3:06.03) ran a season best at the Penn Relays in the prelims. Other provisional marks were posted by Bambi Carson in the shot put at Drake, Michael Westlund in the pole vault at Drake and LaBoris Bean in the 400-meter IH at the Penn Relays. All of those provisional qualifiers had better marks earlier this season.
Following are the rankings for OU's provisional qualifiers in the latest NCAA qualifier's list (as of May 4):
LaBoris Bean (50.23 in the 400 IH - April 7) -- fourth
Justin Conkling (7,367 in the decathlon - April 19-20) -- 10th
Joey Scott (13.84 in the 110 high hurdles - April 14) -- 19th
Joey Scott (50.74 in the 400-meter IH - March 24) -- 13th
Michael Westlund (17-10.50 in the pole vault - April 7) -- ninth
the men's 1600-meter relay (3:06.03 - April 27) -- 15th
Bambi Carson (175-9 in the discus - April 14) -- sixth
Bambi Carson (51-2.25 in the shot put - April 21) -- 12th
Leslie Dunlap (13-3.5 in the pole vault - April 6) -- ninth
Jimyria Hicks (23.27 in the 200 - April 14) -- ninth
Jessica Longfors (165-8 in the discus - March 17) -- 21st
Alesha Peel (13.33 in the 100 hurdles - April 28) -- 15th
the women's 400-meter relay (44.81 - April 7) -- 20th
The Sooners will travel to the Abilene Christian Invitational on May 12 after taking final exams for a week. The Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship is scheduled for May 16-19 at College Station, Texas, and those who qualify will head to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Championship May 30-June 2.
For more information on Sooner track and field, contact track SID Debbie Copp at (405) 325-8367.