OU Heads West for UCLA Meet

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma track and field team travels to Southern California this weekend for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on the campus of UCLA. The Sooners are set to face Cal State Fullerton, College of the Canyons, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Montana, UCLA and West Los Angeles in a full slate of events on Saturday. 

UCLA's Drake Stadium will be familiar territory for some Sooners. OU sent five runners to the Bob Larsen Distance Carnival at the venue just two weeks ago, when freshman Haley Herberg claimed the women's 5K title and senior Sarah Scott won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Herberg, who attended Capistrano Valley High School just 70 miles from Drake Stadium, looks to continue her homecoming success with a start in the women's 1,500-meter run. 

Through four weeks of outdoor season, OU's horizontal jumpers aim to continue their own strong start. The Oklahoma men's and women's triple jump squads are both ranked first nationally in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association's Event Squad Rankings. The women own an average mark of 48-6.25 (14.78m), while the men leap an average of 52-0 (15.84m). Individually, Sooners Papay Glaywulu and Roman Mason sit at third and fourth nationally with respective jumps of 53-10.25 (16.41m) (3.1) and 53-8.5 (16.37m) (2.1). 

The Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational opens Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (all times CT) with the men's javelin. Field events continue throughout the day, with the triple jumps set to get underway at 5:30 p.m. The Sooners begin competition on the track at 4 p.m. in the men's 4x100-meter relay. 

Live results from the invitational will be available through FinishedResults, and final results will be available on SoonerSports.com following the meet.

Saturday, Apr. 13
Live Results:
Heat Sheets: PDF
Venue: UCLA Drake Stadium; Los Angeles, Calif. 
Field: UCLA, Fresno St., Cal St. Fullerton, Montana, West Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount, College of the Canyons

The Sooners host the annual John Jacobs Invitational on Apr. 19-20, their first home outdoor meet of the season. The meet begins at the John Jacobs Track Complex on Friday, Apr. 19, at 5 p.m. and will continue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 20. The Sooners will also honor this year's senior class during the meet. Admission to the John Jacobs Invitational is free of charge. 

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Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Schedule
Saturday, Apr. 13
Time (CT) Event - Sooners
10:30 a.m. Men's Javelin - Josh Haus
12:30 p.m. Men's Hammer Throw - Edward Jeans, Bayley Campbell
1:30 p.m. Women's Shot Put - Meia Gordon, Faith Ette
2 p.m. Men's Discus Throw - Brad Daboub, Kristo Simulask
2:30 p.m. Women's High Jump - Falyn Reaugh, Makayla Stephens
3:45 p.m. Men's Long Jump - Kristo Simulask, Greg Vann, Langdon Williams
4 p.m. Women's Discus - Meia Gordon, Faith Ette, Lauren Jones
Men's Shot Put - Cooper Campbell, Brad Daboub

Men's 4x100-Meter Relay - Jackson Webb, Xavier Brown, Joseph Sheffield, Quoi Ellis

4:05 p.m. Women's 4x100-Meter Relay - Amanda Van Buren, Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Ja'Leesa Giles, Kennedy Blackmon, Camri Austin
4:30 p.m. Women's Pole Vault - Abby Bilsbury, Gabby Carson, Meagan Gray, Sydney King, Kenzie Shell
4:37 p.m. Men's 1,500 Meters - Luke George, Heath Warren
4:49 p.m. Women's 1,500 Meters - Haley Herberg, Sarah Scott
5 p.m. Men's 110-Meter Hurdles - Bryce Douglas, Kristo Simulask
5:05 p.m. Women's 100-Meter Hurdles - Camri Austin, Madison Langley-Walker, Makayla Stephens
5:12 p.m. Men's 400-Meter Dash - Isaiah Levingston
5:18 p.m. Women's 400-Meter Dash - Kennedy Blackmon, Jai'Lyn Merriweather
5:24 p.m. Men's 100-Meter Dash - Zac Martin, Zac Tucker, Greg Vann, Jackson Webb
5:29 p.m. Women's 100-Meter Dash - Amanda Van Buren 
5:30 p.m. Men's Triple Jump - Papay Glaywulu, Marcus Mitchell, Garry Williams
Women's Triple Jump - Nicole Ezeoke, Allanah Lee, Nura Muhammad, Najuana Strickland, Essence Thomas, Symone Washington
5:35 p.m. Men's 800-Meter Run - Ackeen Colley
5:45 p.m. Women's Hammer Throw - Lauren Jones
5:57 p.m. Men's 200-Meter Dash - Xavier Brown, Quoi Ellis, Joseph Sheffield
6:02 p.m. Women's 200-Meter Dash - Camri Austin, Ja'Leesa Giles, Madison Langley-Walker, Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Amanda Van Buren
6:10 p.m. Men's 3,000-Meter Run - Zach Gentry
6:45 p.m. Men's 4x400-Meter Relay - Zac Martin, Ackeen Colley, Zac Tucker, Isaiah Levingston
6:50 p.m. Women's 4x400-Meter Relay - Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Kennedy Blackmon, Ja'Leesa Giles, Jai'Lyn Merriweather