Success Continues on Day 2 of Penn Relays

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Allison Weiss
By Allison Weiss
Student Assistant
APRIL 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA - The momentum from day 1 of the 123rd Penn Relays rolled over into day 2, as more personal bests were set, more relays advanced to the Championship of America finals and a distance medley relay team won another college title.

All of the Sooners action was witnessed by a reported attendance of 38,598, proof that the historic relay is one very attractive stop on the spring competition schedule.

The Sooners swept the college DMR events as the men's team of Jacob Burcham, Tyler Hart, Grayson Haws and Dylan Blankenbaker claimed the title in 9:46.52.  In a fashion reminiscent to yesterday's women's DMR result, the first leg handed off to the second leg with OU in the lead and it was a lead that Oklahoma would hold for the remainder of the race. 

When Blankenbaker crossed the line, more than a second passed before the second-place finisher, La Salle, did so.

Thomas Cheval added another win for OU in the college men's long jump, setting a personal best in the process.   He jumped 24-7 to win the event, which was an improvement in his PR of 4 inches.

The Sooners advanced two relay teams to Saturday's finals in the women's 4x200, and the men's 4x100. Both will join the women's 4x400 team that qualified yesterday in competing on the final day of the historic meet.

Leya Buchanan, Amanda Van Buren, Daunicia Demerson and Medinah Spencer won their 4x200-meter relay heat in 1:35.29, which was the second-best time overall.  That time earned them a spot at the final tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. CT.

Greg Vann, Jackson Webb, Trae Armstrong and Bennie Wesley advanced in the 4x100-meter relay with their time of 40.45.  They will run at 12:40 p.m.

Individually, Buchanan (11.53) and Wesley (10.55) both advanced to the 100-meter dash finals.  Buchanan will run at 2:35 p.m. and Wesley at 2:50 p.m.

Olivia Haggerty advanced to her event final as she won her 100-meter hurdles heat in 13.59.  Her final will be at 2:15 p.m. Bianca Brazil set a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.01.

Other entries in the men's 100-meter dash were Armstrong (10.71) and Webb (10.73).

Two relay finals were completed on Friday, the women's 4x100-meter and the shuttle hurdles.  In the Championship of America Invitational, Van Buren, Pipi, Daye Shon Roberson and Buchanan finished fifth after running 44.74.

Haggerty, Brazil, Spencer and Mia Mukes ran in the shuttle hurdles 4x100, finishing the event in 57.29.

In the first event of the day, the men's 400-meter hurdles, Hart ran a 55.83.

The men's college high jump started off the field events and the Sooners produced a runner-up finish.  Carl Williams cleared a season's best 6-11.5 to take second.  Garrison LeRock cleared 6-6.75.

Lucas Kelley set a personal best in his college pole vault competition, clearing a height of 16-2.75 to finish fourth.

In the sand pit, Vann's best mark in the long jump championship section was 23-1.75.  In the women's college triple jump, Brianna Rodriguez was the top finisher for OU with a mark of 38-8.25. Najuana Strickland's best mark of the day was 36-11.

At the Mondschein Throwing Complex, Bradley Daboub threw a personal best of 55-0 in the men's college shot put.

Jess Woodard continued to have a memorable weekend, as she followed up her win in the shot put yesterday with a personal best in the championship section of the discus.  Woodard threw 178-0 to finish fifth in the event. Meia Gordon's best mark was 164-0.

"I think we took another step forward with our competitive efforts," said head coach Jim VanHootegem. "Our goal for this meet was to compete in whatever section we were in.

"Nothing exemplifies that more than Thomas Cheval winning the college long jump in the final round.  I loved seeing Carl Williams enjoy competing today.  And, I loved getting reports from the throws area that Daboub had a PR or Jess had a PR."

The meet concludes tomorrow with Oklahoma scheduled to compete in 12 events.   Leading off the day will be the men's college triple jump and men's college javelin at 8 a.m. NBCSports will again have live coverage from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Live results will be available at http://pennrelaysonline.com/Results/schedule.aspx?t=d&d=s, and updates will be posted throughout the day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (OU_Track).  A recap will be posted at the conclusion of the day. 

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