WACO, Texas— The University of Oklahoma track and field team began competition Friday at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in Waco, Texas. The Sooners claimed three top-five finishes on day one. The women’s team sits in third with 19 points, while the men are eighth with seven points heading into the second day of competition.
Oklahoma head coach Jim VanHootegem spoke about a successful first day at the Big 12 outdoor meet, “We had a little worry in the hammer before Lauren Jones threw a great last throw. When Ashley Bryant got passed, she was able to respond and move back up to second and Lauren moving from ninth to sixth in the last round kind of saved the event for us.”
VanHootegem added, “What a day by Gabby Kearney. That is a stratospheric PR to have at a conference meet. Steven (Jazdyk) fought hard in the decathlon and we’re looking forward to him fighting hard tomorrow. Then, what a great cap to the day by (Eric) Alldritt and (Liam) Meirow in the 10K. That was exhilarating and a big boost for our team.”
After the first five events of the decathlon, Steven Jazdyk is in sixth place with 3,576 points. The senior won the first event of the multis Friday morning in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69 seconds. He also set a personal best in the long jump and high jump, jumping 23-02.50 (7.07 meters) in the long jump and clearing 6-00.5 (1.84 meters) in the high jump.
The Sooners collected two top-10 finishes in the women’s hammer throw. Senior Ashley Bryant took second with a throw of 208-10.75 (63.67 meters), while freshman Lauren Jones threw a personal best 181-06.75 (55.34 meters) to place sixth. Sophomore Camille Burge finished 11th with a mark of 166-08.50 (50.81 meters).
In the women’s javelin, sophomore Gabby Kearney registered a personal record, taking second place with a throw of 176-09 (53.87 meters). Competing in the men’s javelin, freshman Josh Haus placed 12th, his best throw measuring 165-10 (50.56 meters).
The final event of the evening, the men’s 10,000 meters, saw two Sooners take home top-10 finishes. Seniors Eric Alldritt and Liam Meirow placed third and eighth, respectively. Alldritt finished in 30:59.54, while Meirow crossed the line in 31:34.40.
OU returns to the track tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. CT with the decathlon’s 110-meter hurdles. Day two events are scheduled to run until 8 p.m., concluding with the 3,000-meter steeplechases.