AUSTIN, Texas – Day 3 of the 90th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays did not get off to the best start for the Oklahoma track and field teams. It did not take long, though, for the Sooners’ fortunes to change for the better.
The women’s 400-meter relay was the first on the track but a failed handoff ruined the quartet’s start. The men’s 400-meter relay was scratched before the race began. It then fell to the field events to get the Sooners going.
Meia Gordon answered the challenge and worked for a second-place finish in the shot put, section B. Her throw, 51-1.50, was a personal best by more than five feet. Her performance sent a spark and the women’s 4x400-meter relay was next to respond. The foursome of Ama Pipi, Mia Mukes, Daunicia Demerson and Payton Baker put together a 3:36.31, the fastest time among all the qualifiers. The Sooners were ranked fourth in the country in the relay, coming into the meet, and the time moved the Sooners up to the third spot.
Senior Olivia Haggerty ran a 13.39 to finish seventh in the 100-meter hurdles and that earned her a ticket to Saturday’s final. Leya Buchanan recorded a 11.53 in the 100-meter dash to finish 13th, just missing out on a trip to the finals. While the sprint and relay prelims were going on, the field events gave the Sooners more successful finishes.
Meagan Gray finished fifth in the pole vault, section B, with a career-best 13.7.75. Greg Vann finished seventh in the long jump, section B, with a 23-11.00. Gabby Kearney needed her sixth throw for a 156-8.00 to finish ninth in the javelin, section A. Bradley Daboub finished ninth in the shot put, section B, with a 52-10.
Dean White and Carl Williams represented the Sooners in the high jump, section B. White finished third with a 7-0.50. That mark was a PR for the OU freshman and moves him into the career top 10, tied for ninth. Williams finished in a tie for sixth with a 6-8.75. From the youth in the high jump to the experience in the triple jump, Hayden McClain competed in his specialty, the triple jump, for the first time since the NCAA Indoor Championships. He earned All-America honors in the indoor meet with his fourth-place finish. His 51-11.00 earned him a ninth-place finish.
The final event of the third day in Austin for OU was the men’s sprint medley relay. That foursome, Trae Armstrong, Bennie Wesley, Tyler Hart, Grayson Haws, finished ninth with a 3:26.89.
The final day of the meet will start for OU at 10 a.m. when Jenny Carmichael steps into the ring for the discus, section B. The first running event, at 10:40a.m., will be the 4x800-meter relay. That relay includes Demerson, Baker, Hayley Redwine and Belle Wallace. The Sooners are scheduled to compete in five field events and five running events on the final day of the meet.