OU Heads West for NCAA Prelims
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma track and field team continues postseason competition this weekend in Sacramento, Calif., at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Held at Hornet Stadium on the campus of the University of California-Sacramento, the three-day meet will feature the top student-athletes in the NCAA's West region competing for spots at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.
The Sooners have 34 qualifiers (16 men, 18 women) competing at the West Regional. To advance to Austin, qualifiers must finish in the top 12 in their respective events at prelims. For relay teams, the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West Preliminary round sites qualify to nationals. The only auto-qualifiers for the national championships are the student-athletes who compete in the combined events (decathlon, heptathlon).
OU returns to the track after hosting the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in Norman, May 10-12. The Sooners' women's squad took third, while the men finished sixth. Redshirt senior Sarah Scott highlighted the championship meet for the Sooners, winning her second consecutive Big 12 championship in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Scott finished in a time of 10:15.83 to claim the crown and her second Big 12 title.
Sophomore Cooper Campbell also impressed at the conference meet, setting a school record in the men's shot put. Campbell tossed the shot a program-best 64-6 (19.66m) to claim runner-up in the event.
Additionally, OU's relay teams put together a solid showing in Norman. The men's 4x100-meter squad of Jackson Webb, Joseph Sheffield, Xavier Brown and Quoi Ellis ran the second-fastest 4x1 in program history and quickest since 1992, clocking a 38.99 to take second. The women's 4x4 team of Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Kennedy Blackmon, Ja'Leesa Giles and Jai'Lyn Merriweather posted a season-best 3:32.61 to rank as the fourth-fastest 4x400-meter relay in school history.
This weekend's preliminary is set to start at 2 p.m. CT Thursday with the men's hammer throw. The meet will have live results available through Flash Results and be streamed via FloTrack, available on a subscription basis.
Sooners who finish in the top 12 of their events at the NCAA West Preliminary Round will advance to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.
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|NCAA West Prelims Schedule|
|Thursday, May 23|
|Time (CT)||Event - Sooners|
|2 p.m.||Men's Hammer Throw - Bayley Campbell, Edward Jeans|
|5:30 p.m.||Women's High Jump - Falyn Reaugh|
|5:30 p.m.||Men's Long Jump - Greg Vann|
|6 p.m.||Women's Hammer Throw - Lauren Jones|
|7 p.m.||Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (First Round) - Isaiah Levingston|
|8 p.m.||Men's 1,500 Meters (First Round) - Luke George|
|8:45 p.m.||Women's Long Jump - Essence Thomas, Symone Washington|
|8:55 p.m.||Men's 100 Meters (First Round) - Joseph Sheffield, Jackson Webb|
|9:20 p.m.||Women's 400 Meters (First Round) - Jai'Lyn Merriweather|
|10:35 p.m.||Men's 800 Meters (First Round) - Ackeen Colley|
|Friday, May 24|
|2 p.m.||Women's Discus - Meia Gordon, Lauren Jones|
|2 p.m.||Men's Javelin - Josh Haus|
|6:30 p.m.||Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (First Round) - Camri Austin|
|7 p.m.||Women's Pole Vault - Meagan Gray, Sydney King, Kenzie Shell|
|7:30 p.m.||Women's 400 Meters (Quarterfinal) - Jai'Lyn Merriweather|
|8:15 p.m.||Men's 100 Meters (Quarterfinal) - Joseph Sheffield, Jackson Webb|
|8:45 p.m.||Men's 800 Meters (Quarterfinal) - Ackeen Colley|
|9:15 p.m.||Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Quarterfinal) - Isaiah Levingston|
|9:30 p.m.||Women's 200 Meters (First Round) - Ja'Leesa Giles, Dai'Lyn Merriweather|
|9:55 p.m.||Men's 200 Meters (First Round) - Xavier Brown, Joseph Sheffield|
|10:20 p.m.||Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Quarterfinal) - Sarah Scott|
|Saturday, May 25|
|4:45 p.m.||Men's Shot Put - Cooper Campbell, Brad Daboub|
|5 p.m.||Women's Triple Jump - Nicole Ezeoke, Allanah Lee, Najuana Strickland, Essence Thomas, Symone Washington|
|7:15 p.m.||Women's Shot Put - Faith Ette, Meia Gordon|
|8 p.m.||Women's 4x100-Meter Relay (Quarterfinal) - Camri Austin, Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Ja'Leesa Giles, Kennedy Blackmon, Jai'Lyn Merriweather|
|8:15 p.m.||Men's 4x100-Meter Relay (Quarterfinal) - Jackson Webb, Joseph Sheffield, Xavier Brown, Quoi Ellis, Greg Vann, Zac Martin|
|8:30 p.m.||Men's Triple Jump - Papay Glaywulu, Roman Mason, Marcus Mitchell, Garry Williams|
|8:45 p.m.||Men's 1,500 Meters (Quarterfinal) - Luke George|
|9:05 p.m.||Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Quarterfinal) - Camri Austin|
|9:35 p.m.||Women's 200 Meters (Quarterfinal) - Ja'Leesa Giles, Dai'Lyn Merriweather|
|9:50 p.m.||Men's 200 Meters (Quarterfinal) - Xavier Brown, Joseph Sheffield|
|10:05 p.m.||Women's 5,000 Meters (Semifinal) - Haley Herberg|
|11:25 p.m.||Women's 4x400-Meter Relay (Quarterfinal) - Dai'Lyn Merriweather, Kennedy Blackmon, Ja'Leesa Giles, Jai'Lyn Merriweather, Cristen Harrison|