AMES, IOWA —The OU track and field teams concluded competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championship Saturday afternoon in Ames, Iowa, at the Lied Recreation Center on the campus of Iowa State. The Sooners claimed five conference titles on day two to bring their total to six on the weekend.
“The people who competed this weekend, on the men’s side, it was a heck of a weekend," said OU head coach Jim VanHootegem. "I really think we beat the form chart by a lot. On the women’s side, we had the highest point total in school history in the indoor championship. We feel we can be a better outdoor team, but obviously there were some really great performances.”
In one of the first events of the day, freshman Falyn Reaugh placed in the top 10 in the women’s high jump, clearing 5-07.25 (1.71 meters) to take seventh. Fellow freshman Papay Glaywulu took fifth in the men’s triple jump with a PR of 52-06.50 (16.01 meters), a mark good for sixth in Sooners history. OU's first Big 12 crown of the day went to senior Jess Woodard, who won the women’s shot put with a throw of 57-03.50 (17.46 meters). Also finishing in the top 10 of the event was freshman Lauren Jones, taking 10th with a mark of 46-01.50 (14.06 meters). Senior Ashley Bryant claimed a throws title Friday by winning the women's weight throw crown for OU's only conference title on the first day of action. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles final Saturday, sophomore Bryce Douglas won his first Big 12 title, finishing in 7.94 seconds.
Oklahoma’s third conference title of the day belonged to senior Leya Buchanan, who won the women’s 60 meters crown with a time of 7.33 seconds. After qualifying for the men’s 60 meters, sophomore Jackson Webb finished eighth in the final in 6.84 seconds. In the women’s mile, senior Belle Wallace posted a third-place finish with a time of 4:54.26, while sophomore Heath Warren took sixth in the men’s mile, finishing in 1:21.93. Sooners senior Mia Mukes placed fourth in the women’s 600 yards final with a time of 1:21.93. Coming in second in the women’s triple jump, freshman Essence Thomas replaced her own mark for fourth in OU history with a PR of 42-04.25 (12.91 meters).
Other field events included the men’s shot put, where freshman Cooper Campbell placed fourth with a throw of 58-01.00 (17.70 meters) and sophomore Bradley Daboub took ninth after a throw of 54-11.25 (16.74 meters). In a much-anticipated high jump final, freshman Vernon Turner was edged by Texas Tech senior Trey Culver, who cleared 7-07.00 (2.31 meters). Turner placed second, clearing 7-05.75 (2.28 meters). Senior Carl Williams placed sixth in the event with a jump of 6-11.50 (2.12 meters).
In the women’s 400 meters final, senior Ama Pipi took second with a personal record time of 52.81, moving her to third in Sooners history in the event. OU’s fifth title of the weekend came in dramatic fashion as sophomore Calvin Miller came from behind to win the men’s 1,000-meter final, finishing in 2:30.44. The Sooners claimed another conference crown in the women’s 200 meters after Pipi defended her crown in the event, finishing in 23.51 seconds to claim back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. Buchanan placed second in the event with a time of 23.58.
In the final events of the day, the Sooners got a top-10 finish from senior Sarah Scott in the women’s 3,000-meter final, who placed fourth with a personal best time of 9:32.13. OU’s women’s 4x400 meter relay team finished third in 3:36.53 to conclude Saturday’s competition.
The women's team scored 98.5 points en route to a third-place team finish. The 98.5 points are an 11.5-point improvement over last year's total and the best indoor conference championship finish for the women in Sooners history. The men tallied 48 points to finish ninth.
“I really think some of the performances showed individuals' maturity and we saw leadership from people doing the right thing,” VanHootegem added. “Some of it, to use the term, there were 'warrior-like' performances. We leave with a lot of Big 12 champions and a lot of Big 12 runners-up, but we would like to have more people scraping for sixth, seventh or eighth place. We now need to look at a lot more individuals on the team and see how they can get into the scoring.”
For many Sooners, the attention now turns to the outdoor season, which begins March 16 at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. Several Sooners will learn if they have earned a spot in the NCAA Indoor Championship in College Station, Texas, March 9-10. Final rankings will be released once all the results from conference meets are submitted Sunday evening.