Day 2 Brings Oklahoma Two Big 12 Titles

Allison Weiss
By Allison Weiss
Student Assistant
FEBRUARY 25, 2017

AMES, Iowa   Day 2 of the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championship brought double the Big 12 titles for the Sooners as Hayden McClain and Ama Pipi both claimed victories.

On his final attempt in the triple jump, McClain posted a 54-1.25 to repeat as champion. In the process, he broke the Big 12 meet record of 54-0.50 that had stood since 2010.  

Pipi became OU's first women's indoor Big 12 200-meter champion in school history. Her 23.19 was a PR.

The women's team scored 87 points en route to a fourth-place team finish. The 87 points are a 29.50-point improvement over last year's total and are the highest team total for the women. It also ties for the highest finish for the women.

The men tallied 65.50 points to finish eighth.

After ending the previous day seventh in the heptathlon, Steven Jazdyk battled in the remaining three events to end the seven-event competition with a PR of 5,247 points and a sixth-place finish. He earned 913 points with his time of 8.28 in the 60-meter hurdles. In the pole vault, he cleared 15-7 for 834 points. In the final event, the 1000-meter run, he crossed the line at 3:01.06, which was a PR.

Joining McClain on the podium for the triple jump was Joshua Foster, who set a PR of 48-8.75. Dexter Neboh finished ninth with a mark of 48-0 and Marcus Mitchell was 12th overall with 46-6. On the women's side, Najuana Strickland's best jump was a 38-1.25.

In the shot put, Jess Woodard's best mark of the day, 54-4, came in the last round and resulted in a runner-up finish. Meia Gordon finished seventh with a throw of 47-9.75. Bradley Daboub set a PR with a 54-2.75 in the shot put en route to a fourth-place finish.

Dean White set a PR in the high jump with 7-1, earning him a third-place finish. Carl Williams tied for fifth with 6-9 and Garrison LeRock finished eighth with a clearance of 6-7.

A day after setting a PR and running the second-best time in OU history in the 600 yard, Payton Baker finished third in the finals with a time of 1:20.45.

Belle Wallace moved into seventh in school history in the 1,000-meter run with her PR of 2:49.09 yesterday, and topped that with an improved PR time of 2:49.08. On the men's side, Jacob Burcham finished eighth in his race with a time of 2:25.32.

The 60-meter dash final resulted in Leya Buchanan finishing third in 7.40 with Pipi right behind her in fourth at 7.46. Buchanan later ran a 24.26 in the 200-meter final to finish eighth. Daye Shon Roberson ran a time of 53.73 to finish sixth in the 400-meter dash final.

Bryce Douglas (8.06) and Olivia Haggerty (8.41) both finished fourth in their 60-meter hurdles.

In the 3,000-meter run, Isabella Rose finished eighth overall with a PR of 9:33.09, Brittany Tretbar ran a 9:51.85 (23rd) and Elena Arriaza ran 10:11.59 (33rd). Dylan Blankenbaker followed up his 5,000-meter title yesterday with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:06.16. Liam Meirow ran a PR of 8:28.01 to finish 17th overall and Eric Alldritt (8:51.45) placed 28th.

In the final event of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the woman ran a 3:38.00 to finish fourth. The time from the quartet of Pipi, Medinah Spencer, Mia Mukes and Baker places them fifth all-time on the OU list. The men's quartet of Douglas, Tyler Hart, Jackson Webb and Greg Vann finished with a 3:19.03.

"On the men's side, I was really happy with how the people who  took the track today competed," said head coach Jim VanHootegem. "Steven - it's a tough two days doing the heptathlon - and that's a big PR for him and he gets in the scoring. A guy like Josh Foster, I'm not sure if he was ranked 13th or 14th coming in, and he places seventh in a third-round jump. Bradley Daboub steps up, the men's high jumpers stepped up, and those are great things. Dylan comes back with a tough double.  Then, of course, Hayden not only breaks the Big 12 meet record, but hits it trailing, going into the final round. I was really pleased with how the men competed. Bryce Douglas is a freshman and got fourth place. I was happy that our men continued to fight.

"We have a strong women's team.  We put ourselves in a good position yesterday. I'm not sure if we closed quite as well as we need to be able to close.  We've shown that we can close, like last year in the outdoor championship.

"Obviously with that said, we need to start off with Ama being a Big 12 champion, then Isabella Rose with an amazing performance to get eighth place in the 3000-meter.  Both of those things are equally amazing and they show what we need to do to be able to compete at this level."

For many, the attention now turns to the outdoor season, which begins March 17 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.  Several Sooners will learn if they have earned a spot in the NCAA Indoor in College Station, Texas, March 10-11. Final rankings will be released once all the results from conference meets are submitted. Those results must be submitted by Sunday night.








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