Quick Notes on Big 12 Championships

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Award Stand

The Sooner men won the Big 12 Indoor team title in 2010 and have finished in the top three the last three years (second 2013, 2011; third, 2012). For the OU women, the best finish for the Sooners is fourth. The Sooners have finished tied for fourth or fourth outright three times.

Set to Open

The first competitors for the Sooners will be Morgan Nichols and Emily Savage in the pole vault and Charles Nguyen in the weight throw. Both events begin at 3 p.m. Friday. First on the track will be Molly Williams in the women's mile prelim at 3:10 p.m. Dylan Blakenbaker and Alex Deir will run the men's mile prelim at 3:30 p.m.

Youth Will Be Served

There are 14 freshmen/redshirt freshmen (6 men, 8 women) and four transfers (3 men, 1 woman) competing in a Big 12 meet for the first time in their Sooner careers. Competing this weekend, the Sooner men return six student-athletes who scored as individuals. Three men participated on relays in the 2013 meet, one on two different quartets. OU women return only two athletes who were part of the distance medley relay that scored points in 2013.

Big Point Potential

With four of the top eight ranked women’s weight throwers in the league, the Sooners could be a leader after the first day of competition. Rylee Rackley, Julia Reedy, Sarah Tolson and Brooke Garner begin competition at 6 p.m. Friday.

Double Dippers

A total of 12 Sooners are scheduled to compete in at least two individual events over the two days of competition. They include Brooke Garner (shot/weight throw); Rolyce Boston (LJ/TJ); Waymon Storey, Jr., Cessily Jones (60/200); Patrick Gomez, Eric Graf, Abbabiya Simbassa, Elena Arriaza (3,000/5,000); Molly Williams, Dylan Blankenbaker, Alex Deir (mile/3,000); and Jacob Burcham (1000/3000). Additionally, some could also run on the distance medley relay and/or the 4x400-meter relay.

Quality Shows

A total of 17 marks posted in 2014 have ranked in the all-time Oklahoma top 10 heading into the Big 12 meet. One mark, Rylee Rackley's 61-7, in the women's weight throw, is a school record.

Up Next

The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. The top 16 individuals and top 12 relays in the country will advance to the NCAA meet. This is the first year for Division I student-athletes to go without indoor qualifying marks and will advance on rankings only. The final list of NCAA qualifiers will be released Tuesday, March 4.

On Site Contact

Andrew McCracken is traveling with the team and will be with OU throughout the competition. His cell phone is 405-650-2517 and his email address is andrewmccracken@ou.edu



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