School Record Falls on Day One in Arkansas
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma track and field teams began competition at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Thursday and Friday at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Highlighted by sophomore Camri Austin's record-breaking day, the Sooners collected over 20 top-10 finishes and six personal bests.
Austin was one of the first Sooners on the track on Friday in the women's 100-meter hurdles and she started OU's day on a high note, taking second in the event with a school-record time of 12.94 seconds to take down an 11-year-old program-best time.
Freshman Madison Langley-Walker and junior Mahendra McWhite placed 12th and 15th, respectively, with times of 13.97 and 14.27. Senior Makayla Stephens (14.37) rounded out the Sooners' finishers in 18th. In the men's 110-meter hurdles, junior Bryce Douglas placed sixth with a time of 14.40, while freshman Kristo Simulask took 10th in 15.11. Sophomore Isaiah Levingston, competing in the 400-meter hurdles, garnered a top-10 finish in eighth place with a time of 52.13 seconds.
OU's throws group was strong yet again, claiming top-five finishes in men's and women's hammer throw and discus to start the weekend. On Thursday evening, freshman Bayley Campbell (215-7, 65.71m) and sophomore Edward Jeans (203-0, 61.89m) took home respective finishes of second and third in the men's hammer. Sophomore Lauren Jones finished third in the women's hammer with a toss of 182-3 (55.57m).
The momentum continued into Friday morning, with junior Brad Daboub placing fifth in the men's discus, throwing 165-0 (50.31m). The women's throws' squad put three in the top five of the women's discus. Junior Meia Gordon finished runner up with a throw of 167-4 (51.01m), while freshman Faith Ette posted a PR 157-5 (47.98m) to place fourth and Jones (156-4, 47.66m) took fifth. In the men's javelin, sophomore Josh Haus collected an eighth-place finish with a throw of 200-10 (61.23m).
Back on the track, OU saw a top-15 finish in the women's 400 meters by sophomore Jai'Lyn Merriweather who clocked in at 54.93 seconds to finish 15th. Freshman Kennedy Blackmon ran a personal-best 55.24, finishing 17th. In the men's 400, freshman Zac Tucker took 21st in 48.73 seconds.
Moving to the dashes, OU's sprints' teams had three top-10 finishes on the day. In the men's 100-meter dash, sophomore Joseph Sheffield crossed the line fourth with a time of 10.54 seconds. Junior Jackson Webb clocked a 10.71 to place 18th. Junior Amanda Van Buren and freshman Symone Washington took home respective finishes of 11th and 15th in the women's 100 meters. Freshman Sydney Dillard crossed the line in 12.06 seconds to place 17th.
The other two OU sprints' top-10s came in the 200 meters, starting with junior Xavier Brown's 10th-place time of 21.26 in the men's 200. Freshman Quoi Ellis (21.32) collected a top-15 finish in 12th. Sophomore Dai'Lyn Merriweather placed eighth out of collegiate competition in the women's 200 meters, crossing the line in a personal-best time of 23.61 seconds. Fellow sophomore Ja'Leesa Giles brought in a top-15 finish in 12th out of collegiate competitors, finishing in 23.86.
Additionally, OU's middle distance group put together a solid Friday. Sophomore Ackeen Colley clocked a 1:50.33 in the men's 800 meters to place second. Junior Heath Warren (3:51.38) and freshman Luke George (3:54.77) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the men's 1,500 meters.
Freshman Haley Herberg continued an exceptional debut season with the Sooners in the women's 1,500 meters, finishing runner-up with a time of 4:21.06. The time was good for a personal record and moved Herberg up to fourth on the program top-10 list for the 1,500.
The Sooners last field events on Friday were the women's pole vault and men's and women's long jump, which brought in more success for OU.
In the women's pole vault, senior Kenzie Shell placed second by virtue of attempts, clearing the bar at 13-7.25 (4.15m). Freshman Gabby Carson cleared 12-5.5 (3.80m) to take home a share of seventh, while sophomore Abby Bilsbury (11-11.75, 3.65m) claimed a tie for 14th.
Oklahoma's horizontal jumpers continued their impressive season on Friday in the long jump. In the men's event, OU jumpers claimed three of the top 10 spots, led by senior Greg Vann (24-10, 7.57m) in third. Junior Roman Mason (23-5, 7.02m) and sophomore Langdon Williams (22-11.75, 7.00m) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Freshman Golden Eke jumped 21-6.25 (6.56m) to finish 13th.
On the women's side, sophomore Essence Thomas took home a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20-6.25 (6.25m). The mark was good for a personal best for Thomas.
The Sooners return to the track tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. with the men's high jump. The meet is slated to continue through the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays at 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. CT. Saturday's relay racing will be broadcast live on SEC Network.
NATIONAL RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION
Thursday, Apr. 25-Saturday, Apr. 27
Live Results: Flash Results
Live Stream: Sat.: SEC Network
Entries/Heat Sheets: PDF
Venue: John McDonnell Field; Fayetteville, Ark.
Field: Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Texas and Washington
The Sooners begin the postseason with the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Norman at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex. It marks the first time OU has hosted the outdoor championships since 2011, where both the men's and women's teams placed third.
Tickets are available now by calling the OU Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or online via SoonerSports.com/tickets. The Sooners will also be hosting an OU T&F/XC Alumni Weekend over the championship weekend, with special events planned for alumni. For more info and to RSVP, please visit: bit.ly/OUTFalumni .
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|National Relay Championships Schedule|
|Saturday, April 27|
|10 a.m.||Men's High Jump - Kristo Simulask|
|Women's High Jump - Madison Langley-Walker, Falyn Reaugh, Makayla Stephens|
|10:02 a.m.||Men's 4x100-Meter Relay - Jackson Webb, Joseph Sheffield, Xavier Brown, Quoi Ellis|
|10:16 a.m.||Women's 4x100-Meter Relay - Amanda Van Buren, Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Ja'Leesa Giles, Kennedy Blackmon, Camri Austin|
|10:30 a.m.||Men's Triple Jump - Papay Glaywulu, Garry Williams|
|Women's Triple Jump - Nicole Ezeoke, Allanah Lee, Nura Muhammad, Nay Strickland, Essence Thomas, Symone Washington|
|Women's Pole Vault Invitational - Meagan Gray, Sydney King|
|11 a.m.||Men's Shot Put - Cooper Campbell, Brad Daboub|
|Women's Shot Put - Faith Ette, Meia Gordon, Lauren Jones, Lauryn Jones|
|11:05 a.m.||Women's Shuttle Hurdle - Mahendra McWhite, Madison Langley-Walker, Camri Austin, Makayla Stephens|
|11:26 a.m.||Men's 4x400-Meter Relay - Zac Martin, Ackeen Colley, Zac Tucker, Isaiah Levingston|
|11:44 a.m.||Women's 4x400-Meter Relay - Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Kennedy Blackmon, Ja'Leesa Giles, Jai'Lyn Merriweather|