NORMAN - For the second consecutive year, senior Daye Shon Roberson won the individual women's title at the Sooner Pentathlon. In the process, she set an event record with 302 points and led the women's sprint quartet to the women's team title. She became the first ever repeat winner in the meet.
Joining Roberson on the winning women's team were Leya Buchanan, Mia Mukes and Ama Pipi.
Another senior, Hayden McClain, won the men's title, also with an event record score of 383. He, too, led the winning men's team, the jumpers. His teammates were Greg Vann, Steven Jazdyk, Justin Marcum and Barry Frazier.
With the indoor competition season nearly two months away, the Oklahoma track and field teams have been training for nearly three months. Aware that by this time of the year, most members of the team have a competitive itch, head coach Jim VanHootegem introduced the intrasquad competition in 2013 when he arrived at OU. It is the one time each season the entire team competes not only together, but also against each other. The distance runners, who just completed the cross country season, did not compete but served as meet workers.
The traditional events of the pentathlon are replaced by a 30-meter dash, a standing long jump, a standing triple jump, an over-the-head backward shot put and a forward, between-the-legs throw. The five events are not considered to be advantageous to any of the events.
"It's pretty fair to all of the events if you look across the scope," said VanHootegem, now in his fourth year with the program. "Anyone can excel in it, so it gives some common ground where we can compete. We don't have a traditional intrasquad meet so this is our chance to compete.
"This competition gives the athletes and the coaches a chance to see where they are in terms of bio motor skills like strength, power, acceleration and elasticity," VanHootegem explained. "We are measuring improvements while the student-athletes are enjoying the competition. We celebrate the winners, the record setters and the improvements. It's also our first chance to see how people compete and that is very important to us."
Every event on the five-event schedule had a record set this afternoon. McClain set three records, in addition to the total score, in the men's competition. He established new bests in the over-the-head backward shot put, the between-the-legs throw and the standing long jump. Vann got the record in the standing triple jump while Trae Armstrong and Bennie Wesley tied for the record in the 30-meter dash.
The records were spread out a bit more for the women. Roberson set the standing long jump mark and Nay Strickland set the standing triple jump mark. Buchanan set the mark in the between the legs front throw and Jess Woodard got the all-time mark in the over the head backwards throw. Ama Pipi set the all-time mark in the 30-meter dash.
Following Roberson in the top five for the women were Buchanan with a 298; Baileh Simms and Woodard tied with a 273 and Mia Mukes was fifth with a 267. Finishing second for the men was Vann with 348 followed by Charles Nguyen with 332, Steven Jazdyk in 329 and Armstrong with 317.
Men - Jumpers
Women - Sprinters
Men's top five finishers
1. Hayden McClain, 383
2. Greg Vann, 348
3. Charles Nguyen, 332
4. Steven Jazdyk, 329
5. Trae Armstrong, 317
Women's top five finishers
1. DayeShon Roberson, 302
2. Leya Buchanan, 298
3.(tie) Baileh Simms and Jessica Woodard, 273
5. Mia Mukes, 267
Over-the-head backwards shot - Hayden McClain, Jess Woodard
Between-the-legs shot - Hayden McClain, Leya Buchanan
Standing triple jump - Greg Vann, Nay Strickland
Standing long jump - Hayden McClain, Daye Shon Roberson
30-meter dash -- Trae Armstrong and Bennie Wesley, Ama Pipi