Bryant Takes Sixth in Hammer

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Debbie Copp
By Debbie Copp
Director of Publications
MARCH 30, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas — She got her best throw of the first three on her last attempt to advance to the finals, then junior Ashley Bryant recorded a 191-4.00 on her fifth and sixth throws to finish sixth on day 2 of the 90th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Liam Meirow
Her performance in the hammer provided a spark that several Sooner distance run

ners used as motivation. Junior Liam Meirow finsihed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 9:10.98. It marked his first time this season for him to run the steeplechase.

A pair of Sooners, one a senior and one a freshman, had success in the 1,500-mete run. Senior Kelsey McKee finished sixth in the women's B section of the 1,500 with a 4:35.08 while freshman Heath Warren finished fourth in the men's B section of the 1,500 with a 3:57.32. 

The final Sooner to compete on Thursday night was senior Brittany Tretbar. She finished sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a 16:56.09.Tretbar was in eighth after the first two-plus laps, then moved to sixth for another 800 meters. She had moved to fifth by the halfway point of the race, then ran two laps in fourth place. She ultimately dropped back to sixth, fifth among the collegians.

Brittany Tretbar

The start of the day had been challenging for the Sooners. Makayla Stephens finished 16th in the heptathlon with 5,052 points. The point total was her third best in six heptathlon events, second best score at the Texas Relays. She finished 11th in the long jump with 17-11.50, which was good for 691 points and was16th in the javelin with a 104-1.00, good for 510 points. In the final event of the seven, Stephens ran a 2:31.34 for 676 points.

Charles Nguyen finished 14th in the hammer with a 199-7 (60.85).T.J. Noonan opened with a 188-0.00 in the men's B section of the javelin, then had fouls on his next two throws to finish 12th. Everette Favor passed on the opening height, thencleared the second bart, 16-7.25, on his third jump. He then missed on three attempts at 17-1.00 which would have been a career best. He finished 12th overall.

The other Sooners to compete on the second day were the 400-meter hurdlers. None of the four advanced to the final. Mia Mukes won her heat, the eighth race of 10, but finished 32nd overall with a 1:01.10. Medinah Spencer, running in the second heat, recorded a1:01.99 to finish 44th out of 73 runners who completed the race.

In the men's 400 hurdles, Bryce Douglas won his heat with a 53.65 but was 30th overall out of the 68 runners who finished the race. Another freshman, Tyler Hart ran a 54.00 to finish 38th overall.

Action begins at 9:35 a.m. Friday for the Sooners with the women's and the men's 4x100-meter relays attempting to advance to Saturday afternoon's finals. The OU women are currently ranked 10th in the country with a season best of 44.35. The quartet that recorded that time was Bianca Brazil, Ama Pipi, DayeShon Roberson and Leya Buchanan.

In addition to the short relay, there will be prelims in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay. All of those races, except the men's 1600-meter relay, will have Sooner entries attempting to advance to Saturday's finals.

Field events will also be a focus on Friday as OU will have competitors in the long jump-B section (Greg Vann), pole vault-B section (Meagan Gray), women's shot put-B section (Meia Gordon), men's shot put-B section (Bradley Daboub), women's javelin-A section (Gabby Kearney) and men's high jump-section B (Dean White, Carl Williams). Hayden McClain will compete in section A of the men's triple jump and the final Sooners to compete will be the men's invitational spring medley. The competition for McClain will be his first in the triple jump since earning All-America honors in the event during the NCAA Indoor Championship.

The Longhorn Network will be providing television coverage each day. There will be live coverage on Friday rom 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and from 7-9 p.m. On Saturday, the llive coverage will be from 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Live results can be accessed at http://pttiming.com/. A recap will be posted at the end of each day of competition on Soonersports.com, and updates will be posted throughout the day on Twitter, and Facebook (OU_Track).

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