OU Closes Day Two at NCAA Outdoors
NORMAN - Oklahoma's men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up the first two days of the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
Two Sooners earned All-America honors on the second day of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Senior Meagan Gray, representing the Sooners in the women's pole vault, broke her personal record from the NCAA Preliminary Rounds on May 23, clearing 14-3.25 (4.35m). The mark was good for sixth place overall at her first career NCAA Championship, and Gray earns the title of first-team All-American with the top-eight finish. She moves into a tie for second all-time on OU's pole vault performance list. Over the course of the season, Gray collected five top-five finishes, including wins at John Jacobs Invitational and Rafer Johnson & Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational.
In the women's shot put, Meia Gordon claimed second-team All-America honors for the second consecutive year. Gordon recorded a throw of 53-4.5 (16.27m) for 14th place overall. The redshirt junior concludes the outdoor season with seven first- or second-place finishes in nine shot put competitions.
Faith Ette, the lone Sooner freshman to qualify for the trip to Nationals, concluded an impressive run to end the year with a mark of 51-5.75 (15.69m).
Oklahoma's season on the track came to a conclusion for the men on Wednesday and the women on Thursday with the national semifinals of running events.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team of Jackson Webb, Joseph Sheffield, Xavier Brown and Quoi Ellis finished in 39.24, taking 12th overall and missing the finals cut by just four spots. The squad collected five wins over the course of the season and sits at second all-time in OU history.
Sheffield ran a 10.39 in the 100-meter dash and missed the finals cut to close out the first day of NCAA Outdoors for the Sooners. Sheffield ended his 2019 campaign with five top-five finishes and as the Big 12 runner-up.
The Sooner women's 4x100 squad of Camri Austin, Dai’Lyn Merriweather, Ja’Leesa Giles and Kennedy Blackmon took the track to open the women's competition on Thursday, clocking in with a season-best 44.47 but missing the cut for finals. The group claimed four wins and a total of seven top-five finishes throughout the year.
Merriweather returned to the track for the women's 200-meter dash, making her first individual NCAA Outdoors appearance. The sophomore clocked in at 23.35 for 21st place.
The Sooners wrapped up the night with the women's 4x400-meter relay semifinals. D. Merriweather, Blackmon, Giles and Jai’Lyn Merriweather teamed up to record a 3:37.21, bringing their season to an end. The team also closes the outdoor campaign as the Big 12 runner-up.
Through the rest of the championship, Oklahoma has three more student-athletes set to compete. Papay Glaywulu and Roman Mason will represent the Sooners in men's triple jump on Friday at 7:40 p.m. CT, while Essence Thomas will compete in the women's triple jump on Saturday at 5:40 p.m.
2019 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS INFORMATION
Wednesday, June 5-Saturday, June 8
Live Results: Flash Results
Venue: Mike A. Myers Stadium; Austin, Texas
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|NCAA Outdoor Championships Schedule|
|Friday, June 7|
|Time (CT)||Event - Sooners|
|7:40 p.m.||Men's Triple Jump - Papay Glaywulu, Roman Mason|
|Saturday, June 8|
|5:40 p.m.||Women's Triple Jump - Essence Thomas|