Simbassa Shines at Armory Invitational

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 07, 2014

New York City - The second-place finish of Abbabiya Simbassa in the 5,000-meter run highlighted the action for the University of Oklahoma track and field teams on day one of the 2014 Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City Friday.

Simbassa’s time of 14:07.28 was good enough to place him sixth all-time in Oklahoma program history. The time was also 45 seconds better than the best 5,000-meter mark posted in the Big 12 heading into this weekend. Today’s 5,000 was the first of the season and of his OU career for Simbassa.

“Biya continues to improve each week,” said head coach Jim VanHootegem. “I think today’s performance was a step above what he did in the 3K last weekend.

“He is doing a really good job and I think he will start to be a bit more aggressive at times in his races as his confidence grows.”

The Sooners found success in the championship 400-meter dash prelims, with Ethan Baker (48.15) and Daye Shon Roberson (54.13) each finishing fourth in their respective races. For Roberson, her time is the fifth best in school history.

“Daye Shon continues to show what a competitive athlete she is,” VanHootegem explained. “She rolled her ankle pretty badly in practice this week and promised that she would still be ready to run. She went out and did a great job in qualifying for her 400 debut.”

The women’s 400-meter championship race is scheduled for tomorrow at 3:19 p.m. CT, while the men’s is scheduled for 3:33 p.m.

Freshman Garrison LeRock capped off the field events for OU, clearing a height of 6-7.00 in the high jump en route to a ninth-place finish in the event. Results from several other events with Sooner entries had not posted to the meet’s website. For later updates, live results are available here with recaps to follow on

Competition picks up again tomorrow morning at 7:55 a.m. CT, at the New Balance Track and Field Center.



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