April 10, 1999

NORMAN, Oklahoma - After opening the 1999 outdoor track and field season with four-straight away meets the team returned to Norman today to host its first home meet of the year. The men's team entered the John Jacobs Invitational, named in honor of the university's first track and field head coach, in a three-way tie for 16th in the latest Trackwire poll. 36 Sooners posted new career-best times, which helped 24 athletes place within the top three of their respective events. One of several relay teams in action today for OU, the men's 4x100 took top honors with its time of 40.82.

For the men, senior Nils Oliveto won the hammer throw with his career-best mark of 192-2. The mark now stands as the best ever in school history and is also the farthest distance ever recorded on John Jacobs Field. Also turning in first-place finishes for the men were freshman Jonas Lusk and Kyle Bookout, sophomore Michael McNamara and senior Omar Brown. Lusk clocked a time of 14.43 in the 110m hurdles, the time ranks as the tenth-best on the school's all-time list. Bookout threw a distance of 163-11 in the discus throw to earn the second victory of his Sooner career. McNamara, who was a redshirt last season, cleared the best height of his career (17-00) in the pole vault. A three-time All-American, Brown turned in a time of 52.25 in the 400m hurdles.

"I've been determined all season and I knew that the record would come at this meet," said Oliveto. "I wanted to come out and have a great senior season, and I guarantee that I will beat my best again. I have the drive to automatically qualify for nationals. I want to win at conference and do well at national and that is what everything is building up to.

Performing strongly for the women were sophomore Janel Hayes and Bambi Carson, who both had first-place finishes. Hayes leaped a career-best19-9.5 to win the long jump, the distance is the third-best in school history. Carson found a place as the third-best in the record books as well, by throwing a career-best distance of 46-11 in the shot put.

Next week the Sooners are back on the road as they travel to the Waco, Texas for the Michael Johnson Invitational. On April 24th, the Sooners will be back in Norman for their final home appearance in 1999 as they host the Oklahoma Outdoor.