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Sooners Home for J.D Martin Invitational
January 23, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams host the 14th annual J.D. Martin Invitational Saturday at the Mosier Indoor Facility. Field events begin at 11 a.m. CT, with track events beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT. 

The meet bears the name of OU track and field All-American and later highly successful track and field coach J.D. Martin. Martin was a three-time All-American in the pole vault, won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1963 Pan American Games and served as head coach at OU for 33 years. His track teams produced 22 individual/relay national champions and more than 200 All-American. His 1984 men’s mile relay became the first to win the indoor and outdoor national titles in the same year.

Both Oklahoma teams remain at home following a successful outing last week at the Sooner Opener, winning 14 of 29 events. It was the debut meet under Head Coach Jim VanHootegem.

VanHootegem hopes to build off of last week’s success headed into the J.D. Martin Invitational.

“I think last week was to see where we are at,” VanHootegem explained. “This week is to see if we can be consistent at the things we did well at and to see if we can improve upon some things.

“Obviously we want to see something in the form of consistency or improvement as we move into the major invitationals coming up in the next three weeks.”

VanHootegem will be keeping his eye on several competitions at this weekend’s meet, including the 600-yard run, which will feature last year’s invitational champion Allen Eke.

“Allen Eke and Malcolm Wankel will be opening up in the 600-yard run,” VanHootegem. “They just ran distance medleys last week, so I am excited to see them run this one.”

Eke as well as Sarah Tolson (weight throw), Landon Sharp (high jump), Everette Favor (pole vault) and Austin Perry (shot put) are the returning student-athletes for the Sooners who won events at last year’s meet.

“I am also always excited to see our women’s distance runners,” VanHootegem said. “I have never seen a team this young in my entire career. I am always excited to see how they are doing because they are such a young group.”

Results will be available at SoonerSports.com. 

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