NORMAN – It was just over a week ago that six Sooner student-athletes posted qualifying marks that advanced them to the NCAA Championships, scheduled to begin for OU on Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.
Following the NCAA’s east and west prelims, the three Sooner women who will compete in the javelin throw find themselves seeded seventh, 12th and 24th. Avione Allgood, who earned All-America honors in 2013 as a freshman, is seeded seventh after recording a 169-5 at the prelims. Elizabeth Herrs, who finished one spot out of qualifying last year, is seeded 12th with a 167-7. Ashley Kowalewski, who originally started her Sooner career as a pole vaulter, is seeded 24th with a career best 156-4 from the preliminary round.
Allgood finished third at the prelims while Herrs was sixth and Kowalewski finished in the required 12th spot. Only the top 12 from each of the meets advanced to Eugene. It will be Allgood’s second trip to the outdoor NCAA meet while Herrs, a sophomore, and Kowalewski, a senior, will be making their first.
While Allgood and Herrs are seeded third and sixth, respectively, they will take the top two throws in the country this season to Eugene. Herrs won the Big 12 title with a career-best 189-5 just minutes after Allgood had taken the lead with a 189-1.
Sophomore Garrett Snow’s trip to the championships, while not as dramatic as that of his female counterparts, is also his first. He finished second at the West prelims with a throw of 227-4 to rank eighth heading into the NCAA. His best throw of the season, a 232-8, came in the Big 12 where he finished second after setting a school record with the throw. Snow will be the final Sooner to start competition as he is scheduled to throw on Saturday, June 14.
For both the men and the women javelin throwers, all 24 competitors will be given three throws. From there, the top nine will advance for an additional three throws and those will happen later the same day when a champion is declared.
The final two Sooners to compete at the NCAA will be steeplechasers juniors Brandon Doughty and Alex Deir. Doughty won his heat of the NCAA prelims with a school record and PR of 8:44.34. That time was the third best in the West prelims and ranks 10th overall in the race heading into Eugene. Deir finished third in his heat last weekend in Fayetteville with an 8:46.69, also a PR and the third best time in school history. His time ranked eighth in the West prelims and has him seeded 17th in the race. The steeplechasers will run a semifinal round on Thursday. The top five in each of two races plus the next two fastest times will advance to the final on Saturday.