AMES, IOWA —The University of Oklahoma track and field teams began competition Friday at the Big 12 Indoor Championship at the Lied Recreation Center on the campus of Iowa State. Day one of the championship was highlighted by senior Ashley Bryant taking home a Big 12 title for the Sooners in the women’s weight throw. Bryant won the event with a throw of 69-11.00 (21.31 meters), a personal best mark that replaces her own program-best record.
The day started with the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon. Senior Makayla Stephens took 15th in the pentathlon for the Sooners but recorded a personal best jump in the event’s high jump, clearing 5-10.50 (1.79 meters), a mark that ties for fifth in OU history. Senior Stephen Jazdyk is currently fifth in the men’s heptathlon for the Sooners with the final three events slated for Saturday.
Friday’s field and running events saw nine Sooners record personal bests and four program top 10 marks replaced. Along with Big 12 champion Ashley Bryant in the women’s weight throw, senior Jess Woodard finished fourth with a throw of 63-10.25 (19.46 meters), a mark that places her second in program history. Freshmen Lauren Jones and Camille Burge finished 11th and 13th, respectively. In the women’s pole vault, two Sooners finished in the top ten with redshirt sophomore Meagan Gray and junior Sydney King tying for sixth place, clearing 13-01 (3.99 meters). Sophomore Lucas Kelley recorded a personal best mark in the men’s pole vault, clearing 16-00.50 (4.89 meters) to finish 11th.
Numerous Sooners qualified for finals that will be held on Saturday. Senior Belle Wallace finished first in her heat and qualified for tomorrow’s women’s mile run with a time of 4:52.01. Sophomore Bryce Douglas qualified for the men’s 60-meter hurdles final, finishing first in his heat in 7.99 seconds. Finishing in 7.38 seconds in the women’s 60 meters, senior Leya Buchanan qualified for tomorrow afternoon’s final. Although she did not qualify for the final, freshman Ja’Leesa Giles improved her personal best time in the 60 meters, finishing in 7.58 seconds. Sophomore Jackson Webb set a PR and qualified for tomorrow’s men’s 60 meters final with a time of 6.78. Winning her 600-yard heat with a time of 1:22.03, Sooners senior Mia Mukes qualified for tomorrow’s final in the event. Senior Ama Pipi recorded a personal best time of 53.04 in the women’s 400-meter prelims to finish first out of all heats. She’ll compete for the Big 12 title in the event tomorrow.
Other qualifications for events tomorrow include sophomore Calvin Miller, who qualified for the 1000-meter final with a time of 2:27.15 in his heat. Seniors Ama Pipi and Leya Buchanan qualified for tomorrow’s women’s 200m final with times of 23.72 and 23.80, respectively. Xavier Brown qualifies for tomorrow’s men’s 200-meter final, the sophomore finished his heat in 21.37 seconds, a personal best in the indoor event.
In the women’s 5,000 meters final, senior Sarah Scott took ninth with a time of 16:51.55, a personal best mark. Sophomore Isabella Rose finished 14th in the event in 17:20.00. Seniors Liam Meirow and Eric Alldritt finished 11th and 19th, respectively, in the men’s 5,000 meters final, Meirow finishing in 14:38.82 and Alldritt 15:02.05. Friday’s final events were the men’s and women’s distance medley relay, where the Sooners women’s team took eighth in 12:04.45 and the men finished seventh with a time of 10:21.67.
Updates will be provided via Twitter at OU_Track and a final recap of the weekend will follow the conclusion of the championship meet on SoonerSports.com.