STANFORD, Calif. – While most of their teammates were in Austin, Texas, five Sooner distance runners headed west to the Stanford Invitational. Three of the Sooners who made the trip, seniors Dylan Blankenbaker, Jacob Burcham and Elena Arriaza, had run at this meet before. A fourth Sooners, Isabella Rose, was making her first trip as a redshirt freshman. A fifth runner, Emma Dahl, was making her first-ever appearance as an Oklahoma Sooner.
A transfer at semester from Arkansas-Little Rock, Dahl made her first race as a Sooner one to remember. She 10th in the invitational 3,000-meter steeplechase with an 11:03.56. That time ranks her ninth on the all-time career list.
Blankenbaker finished sixth in section 2 of the men’s 5,000-meter run with a 13:56.45. That time is a career best by more than two seconds for the redshirt senior. Ironically, his previous career mark, 13:58.97, was also set at the Stanford Invitational last year. It also moves him up to ninth on the career list. Jacob Burcham recorded a 14:43.69 in his section of the 5,000.
In the final race of a very long day that covered two meets and two states and more than 15 hours of competition or preparing to compete, Isabella Rose recorded a 34:31.43 in her first OU career 10,000. That time moves her onto the career top-10 list in the seventh spot. Elena Arriaza had a 36:24.71.
While the rest of the team finishes its last day in Austin, these Sooners will head back to Oklahoma, mission accomplished.