COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Five OU entries competed on day two of the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. The day was highlighted by two first-team All-Americans, Ama Pipi in the women’s 400-meter dash final and Vernon Turner in the men’s high jump.
Head coach Jim VanHootegem recapped the final day in College Station, “It wasn’t a great day for us, but it wasn’t a bad day. I felt that overall, we’re proud of the group.”
Freshman Vernon Turner began the day’s competition for the Sooners in the men’s high jump. Turner began by clearing heights of 6-10.75, 7-0.50, 7-2.50, and 7-3.75 to be one of the final four jumpers in his event. The freshman took fourth in the high jump final after missing his three attempts at 7-5.00. The finish is an impressive showing for the freshman in his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships as he will take home first-team All-America honors after finishing in the top eight.
Senior Ashley Bryant competed in the women’s weight throw for the Sooners. Bryant took home 13th in the event after narrowly missing the cut for the final. Her three attempts traveled 65-9.75 (20.06 meters), 66-7.25 (20.30 meters), and 67-3.50 (20.51 meters). With a top-16 finish, the senior is a second-team All-American.
Senior Ama Pipi participated in the women’s 400-meter final Saturday after breaking the program-record in the event in her heat on Friday. Pipi’s Friday time of 52.07 broke a mark that has been held since 2009. The senior took seventh in the 400 meters final with a time of 52.47 and was named a first-team All-American, OU’s second of the day.
In the men’s triple jump, freshman Papay Glaywulu finished 16th with his best jump measuring 49-4.25 (15.04 meters). Although missing the final cut, the freshman earned second-team All-America status with a finish in the top 16 of his event.
The final event of the weekend saw the Sooners’ women’s relay team finish 13th in the women’s 4x400-meter relay. The Oklahoma relay team of Ama Pipi, Mia Mukes, Evette Blanks, and Medinah Spencer finished second in their heat with a time of 3:34.58 and earned second-team All-America honors.
On the weekend, the Sooners’ women’s team scored eight points to finish 27th out of the schools competing at the NCAA Indoors, the OU men notched five points to take a share of 42nd.
VanHootegem added, “Sure, some people would’ve liked to have done better. Vernon, for one, would’ve liked to do better, but he’s having a great season and getting great experience. He should still be happy with getting fourth place at the NCAA championships. For Ashley, obviously she had a great PR at the conference meet and that was one of her better series’ but other than conference, today was one of her best series’ in the first three rounds.”
“The 4x4 (team) was fighting it out at the end. That was a great effort by that group. Obviously, we’re very proud of Ama for getting her first-team All-America honor. Now, we’re just looking for this group to be leaders as we transition into the outdoor season,” said VanHootegem.