Sooners Leave Nashville with Eight Top-10 Marks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After recording three program top-10 marks on Friday, the Oklahoma track and field teams added five more on Saturday to conclude the Vanderbilt Invitational, held at the Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility over the weekend.
Freshmen Papay Glaywulu (triple jump) and Camri Austin (60-meter hurdles) entered the top-10 performance lists for the first time while seniors Ama Pipi (400-meter dash) and Jess Woodard (shot put) recorded PRs to improve their spots on OU’s top-10 lists.
Additionally, the women’s 4x400 relay team of Pipi, Evette Blanks, Sabrina Mason, and Medinah Spencer finished second with a time of 3:36.42, marking the second-best 4x400 time in school history.
“We want to do well in the relays, and we’re knocking on the door of establishing ourselves as a national-level program in the relays,” OU head coach Jim VanHootegem said. “I think today, we made a step forward in that with the women in the 4x4.”
Woodard placed first among collegiate competitors in the women’s shot put with a personal-best 17.57 meters (57-7.75). She remains third all-time among Sooners with her updated mark.
“Obviously, Jess Woodard is a huge part of our team, and teams need leaders, and she went out today and had one of those leading performances,” VanHootegem said.
Sophomore Meia Gordon joined her teammate with a top-five finish in the women’s shot put, posting a distance of 15.65 meters to place fifth among collegiate athletes. On the men’s side, freshman Cooper Campbell and sophomore Bradley Daboub both finished in the top 10 of collegiate competitors, claiming fourth (17.72 meters) and 10th (16.41 meters), respectively.
In the women’s 400 meters, Pipi ran a personal-best 53.24 seconds to advance into third place all-time in the OU record books and to claim the event title.
Blanks and Mia Mukes also impressed in the event, placing eighth (55.37 seconds) and ninth (55.44 seconds), respectively.
Austin’s time of 8.56 seconds in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles put her at ninth all-time in OU history in the event. She placed third at the meet.
Glaywulu recorded a mark of 15.61 meters in the men’s triple jump to place second among collegiate competitors and to rank eighth all-time at Oklahoma.
“On the men’s side, one standout was Papay Glaywulu,” VanHootegem said. “Any time somebody debuts with one of the better performances in school history, they stand out.”
Three other freshmen had top-10 placings in the triple jump on Saturday. For the men, Garry Williams claimed sixth (15.12 meters) and Eneko Carrascal Korta finished ninth (14.80 meters). On the women’s side, Nura Muhammad placed 10th with a mark of 11.83 meters.
Senior Leya Buchanan earned first place among collegiate athletes in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.35 seconds.
In the women’s pole vault, junior Sydney King and sophomore Meagan Gray cleared identical heights of 3.85 meters. King placed fifth among collegiate competitors while Gray took seventh by virtue of attempts.
“We were pleased with a lot of efforts,” VanHootegem said of his team’s overall performance. “On the women’s side, it was a pretty special track meet to have a school record in the weight throw (on Friday), all-time No. 2 at OU in the 4x400 and No. 3 in the shot put by an All-American who came out and PR-ed. That was a big thing for us.
“Overall, we saw a lot of people continue to do the right thing, and there’s some other people that I think are ready for good performances,” he said.
The Sooners return to action on Jan. 26-27 as they head to Lubbock, Texas, for the Texas Tech Invitational.