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Doughty, Simbassa Come Up Big at Big 12
March 01, 2014

Ames, Iowa – The 2014 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships came to a close on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. For the day, the most impressive finish for the Sooners came in the men’s 3,000-meter run as Brandon Doughty (8:11.19) and Abbabiya Simbassa (8:11.31) set personal records while finishing second and third, respectively, in the event.

Those finishes helped OU's men's team finished fifth in the meet with 91 points. The Sooner women finished ninth with 28.5 points.

“Both of our men’s and women’s teams scored more points than they were projected to score,” said head coach Jim VanHootegem. “The men scored 91 points, and that is pretty good. We had hoped that if we got into the 90s that would get us third, but we ended up fifth. I would have liked to been third but we cannot really control that.

“I am happy with where we scored points, how the team competed and our efforts across the board.”

The performances by Doughty and Simbassa were not lost on the head coach.

“Obviously great performances from them both,” explained VanHootegem. “Abbabiya gave us big points in the 5k and 3k. Doughty was the key anchor on the championship DMR Friday night, then he came back with a runner-up finish in the 3k. Those two guys were big time for our team.”

Coming off of the championship in the DMR on Friday night, the men's distance runners carried that success through Saturday, with two of them setting personal records in their respective events.

“All the men’s distance crew stepped up and had a meet for us,” VanHootegem said. “I liked the attitude of our team.”

Allen Eke finished third in the 800-meter run on Saturday. The sophomore, who set a personal record in the event after recording a time of 1:51.23, ranks 10th in Oklahoma history. Malcolm Wankel also ran in the 800 meter, finishing eighth with a time of 1:52.88.

Jacob Burcham finished fourth in the men’s 1,000-meter run. Burcham set a PR in the race with his time of 2:24.38, two seconds better than the time he posted in Friday's prelims. The mark ranks Burcham seventh in program history.

The Sooners placed two runners in the top five of the mile. Alex Deir placed third with a time of 4:16.74 and Dylan Blankenbaker was just behind in fourth (4:17.46).

Oklahoma also had a pair of fifth place finishers on the track - Kelsey McKee finished fifth in the women’s 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:55.57 while Ethan Baker finished the 400-meter dash in 47.54.

OU put a runner on the podium in both the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles. Matthias Wicks placed third in the men’s race, finishing with a time of 7.99, only a tenth of a second slower than the PR he set on Friday. Georgina Tamez Reyna scored for the women with her 8.81 and a seventh-place finish.

Senior Waymon Storey Jr. was another top-five finisher for OU, placing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.21.

Five Sooners continued to produce points from the field events on Saturday. Freshman Hayden McClain led the way with a second-place finish in the triple jump. McClain, who came into the meet ranked second in the conference, posted that finish with a 50-03.25.

Garrison LeRock set a personal best in the high jump after clearing 6-11.00 en route to a sixth-place finish.

Both Sooner teams got points from the shot put. Austin Perry finished seventh in the men’s competition after throwing a 57-08.25.  Avione Allgood placed seventh in the women’s event with a 49-05.50 and Brooke Garner recorded a 49-1.00 to finish eighth.

The final event of the 2014 indoor season is the NCAA Championships scheduled March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. The final day for marks to be recorded for consideration for the NCAA meet is Sunday. This marks the first year for Division I to advance people to the NCAA meet based on actual ranking rather than a minimum qualifying standard. Individuals who rank in the top 16 and relays ranked in the top 12 will advance to Albuquerque. The final list of qualifiers will be released on Tuesday.

2014 BIG 12 INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM STANDINGS

MEN
1. Oklahoma State 112.5; 2. Texas 108.5; 3. Kansas State 95; 4. Texas Tech 92; 5. Oklahoma 91; 6. Iowa State 71; 7. Baylor 67; 8. Kansas 52.5; 9. Texas Christian 45.5.

WOMEN
1. Texas 147; 2. Baylor 102; 3. Kansas 99; 4. Iowa State 96; 5. Kansas State 77; 6. Texas Tech 70.50; 7. Okla. State 60; 8. Texas Christian 38; 9. Oklahoma 28.50; 10. West Virginia 23.

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