OU T&F Concludes Season With Six All-Americans

Patrick Dunn
By Patrick Dunn
Communications Assistant

EUGENE, Ore.—The University of Oklahoma track and field team concluded its 2018 season on Saturday at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

The Sooners added one more All-American on Saturday with redshirt junior Sarah Scott in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final to total six All-America honors on the weekend. In the team standings, the OU women’s team finished tied for 28th, while the men’s team took home a tie for 55th.

OU head coach Jim VanHootegem recapped a successful end to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships, “Well, today I’m sure Jess (Woodard) is disappointed. She kind of warmed up with the indication that she might’ve had a good day, maybe just wanted it a little too badly. But that’s a really special career and I think that really needs to be mentioned. What a special career she had. The number of times she lined it up for the Sooners. There are some people that have done some special things for the Sooners, but there’s few that have done it as consistent week in and week out.”

Redshirt junior Sarah Scott ended her successful 2018 season on a high note, breaking her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final. Scott crossed the line in 9:56.17 to finish ninth and claim second team All-America honors. Scott finishes her outdoor season with three steeplechase victories, including the Big 12 title in the event.

“Sarah Scott with two school records this weekend and finishes as ninth in the country. I’m sure she would’ve liked to get on the podium. We would’ve liked to see her get some team points, but you can’t fault what she did here, and she’ll be the type of person that is hungry to get back,” VanHootegem said.

Senior Jess Woodard began the Sooners’ final day in Eugene, competing in the women’s discus throw. Woodard fouled her first three rounds’ throws, unfortunately, resulting in her missing the cut for finals. Woodard took second place in the shot put competition on Thursday, garnering first team All-American status in the event.

VanHootegem added about Woodard, “It’s very rare for somebody to line it up as many times as she did and compete on the level she did. I think that really deserves to be recognized.”

Woodard concludes her collegiate career as one of the most decorated in Sooners’ track and field history with over 20 event victories, three conference titles, and six first team All-America honors. She leaves as the program record-holder in the women’s discus throw, second in the outdoor shot put and sixth in the hammer throw, along with second all-time in the indoor weight throw and third in the indoor shot put.

The Sooners depart Tracktown with six All-Americans, two first team and four second team honors.

OU track and field concludes a successful 2018 campaign that saw the Sooners win six indoor conference crowns, three outdoor conference titles, and 12 combined indoor and outdoor All-Americans. Freshman Vernon Turner also claimed Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year honors. 

Coach VanHootegem spoke about the end of the season, “Overall, it was a bit of an interesting year. We did a lot of strong things on the women’s side but ultimately weren’t satisfied with our placings. On the men’s side, it was certainly a rebuilding year and we feel good about the young people we have, some sophomores and many freshmen. There’s going to have to be some dedication in the offseason if we are going to take a step forward. We look forward to people getting into a lot of summer workouts and moving into a strong fall and we think there is a bright future for our men’s team.”

Numerous Sooners will be competing at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, held June 21-24 in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University.

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