School Record, Big 12 Title Highlight Day Two
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma track and field teams continued competition at the 2019 Big 12 Track and Field Outdoor Championship on Saturday in Norman at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex.
Day two was highlighted by a school record from sophomore Cooper Campbell and a Big 12 title from senior Sarah Scott.
Scott defended her conference title in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, closing the race in a sprint to clock a time of 10:15.83 and win her second consecutive Big 12 title in the event.
“There's just not too many people like her that I've ever met,” said Oklahoma head coach Jim VanHootegem. “Of all the athletes I've been around, I've been fortunate enough to be around some great ones, but there's something different inside of her. The will that she has and how much she cares about her performance and helping this team is special.”
Scott voiced how special the moment was in one of her last races on her home track.
"It was my last one at home and I just really wanted to do well,” said Scott. “I've been through a lot this season so I wanted to finish strong and do it for my coaches and teammates. I wanted to go all out and give it all I had.”
Campbell saved his best throw for last in the men's shot put, launching his sixth toss a program-best 64-6 (19.66m) to place second. Campbell collected eight points with his runner-up finish while junior Brad Daboub (56-06.5, 17.23m) brought in two more points with a seventh-place finish.
"I don't know if I've been that excited in a long time when I saw Cooper throw that sixth round throw,” VanHootegem continued. “That's what it's about, having those special moments like that. You just hope as an athlete that someday if you work and work you'll end up with that type of a moment, and Cooper had that today.”
The second day of the championship meet began with the conclusion of the combined events. In the women's heptathlon, senior Makayla Stephens finished fifth with 5,274 points and freshman Madison Langley-Walker took 10th with a total of 4,575 points.
Freshman Will Kubicek completed the men's decathlon in 10th with 5,036 points.
In the afternoon, the Sooners finished with seven top-eight finishes to secure points and podium spots in field events and 11 finals qualifiers in the running events.
"A lot of great things happened today. I think we put ourselves in a good position to be competitive tomorrow."
- Head Coach Jim VanHootegem
Junior Meia Gordon claimed a runner-up finish in the women's shot put, throwing 53-3 (16.28m). Freshman Faith Ette, competing in her first outdoor conference championship, finished seventh with a toss of 49-2.5 (15.00m). Sophomore Lauren Jones (47-9, 14.55m) took 10th.
In the women's long jump, sophomore Essence Thomas took home a bronze-medal finish with a personal-best leap of 20-9 (6.32m). On the men's side in the long jump, senior Greg Vann placed sixth, jumping 24-9.75 (7.56m).
OU placed three seniors in the top eight of the women's pole vault. Sydney King cleared the bar at 13-4.25 (4.07m) to take seventh, while fellow seniors Meagan Gray and Kenzie Shell shared eighth place at a height of 12-10.25 (3.92m).
On the track, 11 Sooners claimed spots in running finals for Sunday.
Haley Herberg continued an exceptional freshman campaign with a qualifying time of 4:23.32 in the women's 1,500 meters. The Sooners then put two in the men's 1,500 finals with sophomore Ackeen Colley running a 3:54.33 and junior Heath Warren clocking a 3:54.35. Additionally, Colley advanced to the 800 meters final with a prelim time of 1:51.97.
School-record holder Camri Austin advanced to tomorrow's final in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 11.81 in Saturday's heats. Sophomore Isaiah Levingston qualified for the men's 400-meter hurdles final, running a 51.64 in his preliminary.
In the men's 100-meter dash, Oklahoma notched two final qualifiers in sophomore Joseph Sheffield (10.40) and junior Jackson Webb (10.54).
A trio of finals qualifiers and personal bests highlighted the 200-meter dashes. Sophomore Joseph Sheffield and junior Xavier Brown finished in respective PR times of 20.84 and 21.05 to run in tomorrow's men's 200-meter final. Sophomore Dai'Lyn Merriweather clocked a personal-record 23.55 to take the three seed in Sunday's women's 200. Sophomore Ja'Leesa Giles also advanced to the women's final with a time of 23.80.
Sophomore Jai'Lyn Merriweather qualified for her first conference championship final in the women's 400 meters, crossing the line in 54.21 seconds.
Seniors Zach Gentry and Andrew Doherty capped Saturday's action with a pair of personal bests in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Gentry finished in 9:17.52 to take seventh and collect two points for the men's team, while Doherty clocked a 9:26.00 to finish 11th.
“Really a lot of great things happened today,” VanHootegem concluded. “But it's about everybody doing it, and everybody doing it again tomorrow. I think we put ourselves in a good position to be competitive tomorrow. Everything is scored tomorrow, so we've got to get it done again.”
After eight events scored on the men's and women's side, the Oklahoma women's team sits third with 42 points, while the men hold sixth with 32 points.
Action continues Sunday starting with the women's high jump at 2:30 p.m. CT. The meet concludes with the 4x400-meter relays at 8:35 p.m., followed by the presentation of team championships. Walk-up tickets are available at the track and can also be purchased online at SoonerSports.com/Tickets.
BIG 12 OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP INFORMATION
Friday, May 10-Sunday, May 12
Live Results: DeltaTiming
Venue: John Jacobs Track and Field Complex; Norman, Okla.
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|Big 12 Outdoor Championship Schedule - Sooners|
|Sunday, May 12|
|2:30 p.m.||Women's High Jump - Falyn Reaugh, Makayla Stephens|
|3 p.m.||Women's Discus - Faith Ette, Meia Gordon, Lauren Jones|
|3:30 p.m.||Women's Triple Jump - Nicole Ezeoke, Allanah Lee, Nura Muhammad, Najuana Strickland, Essence Thomas, Symone Washington|
|5 p.m.||Women's 4x100-Meter Relay - Camri Austin, Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Ja'Leesa Giles, Kennedy Blackmon, Amanda Van Buren|
|5:10 p.m.||Men's 4x100-Meter Relay - Jackson Webb, Joseph Sheffield, Xavier Brown, Quoi Ellis|
|5:20 p.m.||Women's 1,500 Meters Final - Haley Herberg|
|5:30 p.m.||Men's 1,500 Meters Final - Ackeen Colley, Heath Warren|
|5:45 p.m.||Women's 100-Meter Hurdles Final - Camri Austin|
|6 p.m.||Men's Discus - Brad Daboub|
|6:05 p.m.||Women's 400 Meters Final - Jai'Lyn Merriweather|
|6:30 p.m.||Men's Triple Jump - Golden Eke, Papay Glaywulu, Roman Mason, Marcus Mitchell, Garry Williams|
|6:35 p.m.||Men's 100 Meters Final - Joseph Sheffield, Jackson Webb|
|6:55 p.m.||Men's 800 Meters Final - Ackeen Colley|
|7:20 p.m.||Men's 400-Meter Hurdles Final - Isaiah Levingston|
|7:30 p.m.||Women's 200 Meters Final - Ja'Leesa Giles, Dai'Lyn Merriweather|
|7:40 p.m.||Men's 200 Meters Final - Xavier Brown, Joseph Sheffield|
|7:50 p.m.||Women's 5,000 Meters Final - Haley Herberg, Sarah Scott|
|8:15 p.m.||Men's 5,000 Meters Final - Andrew Doherty, Luke George, Zach Gentry, Jacob Janzen, Brendan Taylor, Heath Warren|
|8:35 p.m.||Women's 4x400-Meter Relay - Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Kennedy Blackmon, Ja'Leesa Giles, Jai'Lyn Merriweather, Cristen Harrison|
|8:45 p.m.||Men's 4x400-Meter Relay - Zac Martin, Ackeen Colley, Zac Tucker, Isaiah Levingston, Brooks Glanton, Myles Wheeler|
|9 p.m.||Team Championships Presentation|
NOTE: Fans are also encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into John Jacobs Track and Field Complex with enhanced screenings. OU's clear bag policy will also be in effect.