Sooners Set Records, Advance on Day Two

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Allison Weiss
By Allison Weiss
Student Assistant
MAY 13, 2017

LAWRENCE, Kan.—  Day two of the Big 12 Championship could be considered the most important day of the three-day meet.  While day one set the tone for the team, day two turned out to be a day for record setting and advancing to the day three finals on the track.

Two records were broken on day two, one a facility record by Jess Woodard in the shot put, and a school record by Sarah Scott in the steeplechase.

The day 2 results have the women in second place with 51 points and the men in fourth place with 44. The men are only 6.59 points out of a tie for fourth place.

On her second throw of the afternoon, Woodard threw a distance of 60-3.00 to set a PR and in the process set a Rock Chalk Park facility record.  The previous record for the facility was 57-0, set last year.  It was the best mark of the contest, earning Woodard the top spot on the podium.

 

Meia Gordon finished third in the shot put, setting a PR of her own in the sixth round. Once she reached the final round of competition, her next three throws were improvements of her previous PR of 52-4.50. Gordon moved up into fourth in program history with a mark of 53-4.50, giving Sooners two of the top three finishers. 

The shot put proved to be a great scoring event for the Sooners, as Bradley Daboub threw 54-10.25 to finish fourth. 

Already holding the school record in the steeplechase with a time of 10:28.29, Sarah Scott beat her time with 10:23.42, finishing sixth in the event.

To close out the night, Dylan Blankenbaker took fourth place with a time of 8:52.79 in the steeplechase. Zach Gentry had a PR in the event with a time of 9:32.05.

Steven Jazdyk continued his success from day 1 with a PR of 14.61 in the 110-meter hurdles for 897 points.  In the pole vault, he cleared 16-5.25 for 913 points, which was another PR. He then threw a PR 169-03 in the javelin, adding 612 points to his total.  In the discus, he earned 438 points with a mark of 93-11.  In the last event of the decathlon, the 1500-meter, he ran 5:25.12 for 424 points.  His total score was 7003, resulting in a third-place finish, and the eighth spot in school history.  Out of the 10 events, Jazdyk set a PR in five of the events. 

Makayla Stephens scored four points for the Sooners with a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon.  On day two, she set a PR in the javelin with a throw of 115-8  (577 points) on her first attempt.  In the long jump, she recorded a mark of 18-6 for 741 points.  To close out the heptathlon, Stephens set another PR with a time of 2:21.06 for 809 points, and bringing her overall point total to 5231.

In the men's high jump, Carl Williams finished tied for second with a clearance of 6-11.00.  In the long jump, Thomas Cheval set a PR on his last attempt with a mark of 24-10 to finish sixth. 

Oklahoma had two scorers in the pole vault with a fourth-place finish by Meagan Gray (13-09.75) and a sixth-place finish by Kenzie Shell (13-03.75).  Gray's result was a PR for her, and moved her into the third spot on the school's all-time performance list. 

"Once again, Steven and Makayla got us off to a good start in the combined events," said head coach Jim VanHootegem. "Hats off to Jess Woodard on a Big 12 title and joining the exclusive 60 foot club. And, a wonderful competitive effort by Meia with personal bests in every round of the finals. That's a big-time championship performance.

"Sarah finished the night with a school record in the steeplechase, so congratulations to her."

The Sooners had 13 runners advance to day three finals on the track.

Leya Buchanan ran a PR of 11.15 to qualify with the top time in the 100-meter dash.  Ama Pipi ran a 11.35 in her heat to also advance.  Her time was a PR for her as well.  Amanda Van Buren (11.52), Baileh Simms (11.69) and Bianca Brazil (11.73) all had personal bests in the event, but did not qualify for the finals. Likewise, on the men's side, Bennie Wesley matched his PR with 10.46 and Jackson Webb set a PR with 10.48, but were unable to advance. Webb also ran a PR in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.41.

The 100-meter dash finals will be at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday evening. 

Pipi and Buchanan will also be running the 200-meter dash tomorrow, with Pipi recording the top time in the event with a PR of 22.89 and Buchanan at 23.22.  Van Buren ran a PR of 23.91 in her heat, but didn't qualify as the top eight times. The 200-meter dash final will be held 7:30 p.m.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Olivia Haggerty was the lone Sooner to advance to the final after running a time of 13.33.  Brazil set another PR with her time of 13.91 in the event, as did Medinah Spencer at 14.13.  Haggerty will compete in the final at 5:45 p.m.

Spencer also qualified for the 400-meter hurdles final with a time of 1:01.01 in her preliminary heat.   The Sooners went two-for-two in the event as Mia Mikes will join her after posting a 1:00.43 result.  Bryce Douglas advanced on the men's side with a PR of 52.60. Spencer and Mukes will run at 7:10 p.m. and Douglas will run at 7:20 p.m.

Douglas will also be running the 110-meter hurdles after qualifying on Saturday at 14.22. The time was a PR for him as well. His race will be at 5:55 p.m.

Grayson Haws advanced to the 800-meter final with a time of 1:51.84 on Saturday afternoon. 

OU will have three runners in the 1,500-meter final on Sunday with Kelsey McKee and Belle Wallace in the women's race and Jacob Burcham in the men's.  McKee ran 4:29.04 in her heat, Wallace ran 4:30.40 in hers, and Burcham ran 3:51.96 in his to qualify.  The women will race at 5:20 p.m. with the men's race at 5:30 p.m.

"We had some really solid qualifying efforts on the track today.  It was great to see Leya step up the way she did.  Another highlight was Grayson Haws. Again, those are championship efforts. 

"We have lots of opportunities to score points tomorrow, so we need everyone to stay focused on controlling what they can do to compete at their best level."

The last day of the conference meet will have a late start of 2:30 p.m. with the women's high jump.  In addition to the running events, the schedule features the triple jump for men and women, the men's pole vault, women's discus, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. 

A recap will be posted at the conclusion of the meet.  Updates will be provided throughout the day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (OU_Track). 

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