PHILADELPHIA—The University of Oklahoma track and field team concluded its outdoor regular season in impressive fashion Saturday at the 124th running of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Sooners brought home five Penn Relays’ event titles over the weekend, winning two championship titles on day three.
OU head coach Jim VanHootegem recapped the successful meet, “Overall we were pleased with a lot of efforts this weekend. Four championships of America plus a school record, that's a pretty good weekend at Penn. Particularly excited for the women's 4x200 (relay team), they get to bring one of those big wagon wheels back to Norman. It was a fun weekend and I think the Sooners had a big presence here in Philadelphia.”
Vernon Turner added another high jump title to his spectacular freshman season resume, this time winning the men’s high jump championship section, clearing the bar at 7-2.25 (2.19 meters).
The Oklahoma women’s 4x2 relay team of Leya Buchanan, Amanda Van Buren, Ja’Leesa Giles, and Medinah Spencer claimed the Sooners’ first Penn Relays Championship of America title in the 4x200-meter relay invitational. The team finished in a season-best time of 1:32.41.
The final day started with Garry Williams competing in the collegiate men’s triple jump. The freshman placed ninth with a jump of 46-7.5 (14.21 meters). Freshman Josh Haus threw 171-1 (52.16 meters) in the college men’s javelin throw, finishing 23rd.
In the women’s high jump championship section, freshman Falyn Reaugh cleared the bar at 5-8.5 (1.74 meters) to take eighth by virtue of attempts.
Freshman Papay Glaywulu recorded an outdoor collegiate personal best in the men’s triple jump championship, leaping 50-10 (15.49 meters) to take fifth place. Another personal record was set by Camri Austin in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. The freshman took fifth with a time of 13.41 seconds in the championship section.
Competing in the 100-meter dash finals, senior Leya Buchanan took third in a time of 11.35 seconds. On the men’s side, sophomore Jackson Webb placed seventh with a time of 10.64 seconds. Running in the Championship of America men’s 4x100-meter relay, the OU men finished ninth with a time of 43.74 seconds.
The Sooners return to the track in two weeks to begin postseason action May 11-13 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in Waco, Texas, on the campus of Baylor.