NORMAN —The University of Oklahoma track and field teams return to action this weekend for the Big 12 Indoor Championship, held Friday-Saturday at the Lied Recreation Athletics Center on the campus of Iowa State. This season marks the sixth straight year the Cyclones have hosted the event.
The competition will begin on Friday at 10 a.m. CT with the 60-meter hurdles of the women’s pentathlon. Makayla Stephens will be competing in the pentathlon for the Sooners, with all five events on Friday. Senior Steven Jazdyk will compete in the men’s heptathlon with competition beginning at 11 a.m.
The field and running events scheduled for Friday will begin at 3 p.m. with the women’s weight throw and pole vault. The Sooners will have four competing in the women’s weight throw and three entries in the women’s pole vault. The men’s and women’s mile prelims will begin starting at 3:10 p.m. with one Sooner representing in each event. Events will continue until the conclusion of the women’s and men’s DMR, set to start at 8:40 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
The championship will continue at 11 a.m. CT Saturday morning with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. There will be three events remaining on day two in the heptathlon, the 60-meter hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000-meter run. The women’s high jump and shot put along with the men’s triple jump will begin the field events Saturday. Running events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles. Events will continue Saturday until the final event of the championship, the 4x400 meter relay, with the women’s final set to start at 5:10 p.m. and the men’s at 5:25 p.m.
At the 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championship, three Sooners brought home titles with Dylan Blankenbaker taking the title in the men's 5,000-meter race, Hayden McClain repeating as men’s triple jump champion and Ama Pipi claiming OU’s first women’s indoor Big 12 200-meter championship in school history. The OU women’s team placed fourth along with the men’s team finishing eighth.
Live results from the championship will be available through Delta Timing. FloTrack will also have live streaming of the meet on a subscription-based basis.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners return to action after a record-breaking meet two weeks ago in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Tyson Invitational where nine program top-10 marks were recorded. Freshman Vernon Turner continued his dominant freshman season recording a program-best mark of 7-7.75 in the men’s high jump to win the event. The mark ties for the best collegiate jump this season and fourth all-time amongst collegians.
Senior Jess Woodard also impressed, improving her personal record and place in program history with a throw of 17.58 meters in the women’s shot put. Senior Ashley Bryant won the women’s weight throw at the meet with a throw of 19.95 meters. The Sooners’ women’s relay team also broke a program record with a time of 3:34.05 in the 4x400-meter relay.
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