Sooners Successful in Home Meet
NORMAN — In their only indoor home meet of the season, the Oklahoma men's and women's track teams turned in another impressive performance as they hosted the J.D. Martin Invitational inside Mosier Indoor on Saturday.
The women's squad placed first among Division I programs with 107 points, and the men's team, who competed with fewer student-athletes on the day, took third with 72 points.
The Sooners started the day on a high note with an impressive performance in the women’s weight throw. Ashley Bryant won the event with a mark of 19.90 meters, and Jess Woodard (19.25 meters), Camille Burge (17.16 meters), Lauren Jones (17.05 meters) and Allyssa Miller (15.25 meters) all recorded personal-best throws.
The Sooner throwers were also strong in the shot put. The women swept the top three spots as Woodard took first (16.37 meters), Meia Gordon placed second (16.20 meters) and Jones finished third (personal-best 14.66 meters).
The men also claimed the top spots as Cooper Campbell and Bradley Daboub took first and second, respectively, with personal-record throws. Campbell’s 18.29-meter mark kept him at sixth in program history while Daboub’s 17.90-meter throw moved him to eighth place all-time.
The sprints group was led by a meet record from Medinah Spencer, who ran the women’s 200-meter dash in 24.15 seconds, also marking a personal best. Also finishing in the top five of the 200 meters were Sabrina Mason in third (24.46), Ja’Leesa Giles in fourth (24.74) and Alexis Barnes in fifth (25.14).
OU swept the 60-meter dash as Joseph Sheffield won the men’s race in 6.75 seconds and Leya Buchanan won the women’s side in 7.30 seconds. Sheffield’s time set a personal best and put him at ninth all-time in OU history for the event. Buchanan was joined in the top three by Amanda Van Buren (7.66) and Alexis Barnes (7.68).
Additionally, freshman Camri Austin won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.63 seconds.
In the men’s mile run, Calvin Miller placed first among collegiate competitors with a PR time of 4:16.24. On the women’s side of the event, Isabella rose took third among college athletes with a time of 5:11.32 as Morgan Long ran a personal-best 5:15.00.
Freshman Vernon Turner won the men’s long jump with a 7.17-meter mark, and classmate Garry Williams took third at 6.72 meters. The Sooner women also impressed in the long jump as Makayla Stephens placed first and Nura Muhammad placed second among collegiate competitors with respective jumps of 5.45 and 5.38 meters.
The Sooners also claimed top spots in the triple jump. For the women, Najuana Strickland earned the event crown with an 11.70-meter jump. On the men’s side, Eneko Carrascal Korta won with a personal-best jump of 14.94 meters while Marcus Mitchell placed second (14.53 meters) and Josh Foster took third (14.50 meters).
Four Sooners finished in the top five of the women’s pole vault, including a first-place finish from Meagan Gray (4.02 meters). Sydney King claimed second (3.97 meters), Abby Billsbury took third (personal-best 3.67 meters) and Sarah Graves placed fifth (3.07 meters).
Lauren Gibbs claimed second among attached competitors in the women’s 800 meters with a time of 2:22.96. In the women’s 1000-meter run, Hayley Redwine placed second (3:04.27) and Alexandria Arndorfer took fourth (3:14.41).
“I think where there was focus, we saw good things,” OU head coach Jim VanHootegem said. “Obviously, some great stuff, like Medina Spencer. That’s a focus thing. The women’s weight throw was just incredible. The right energy but also, the right execution. They were in that perfect flow. You have to have energy to do well, but you also have to be relaxed enough to execute.
“I saw steps forward from some people,” he continued. “The men’s 60 meters, Joseph Sheffield and Jackson Webb. Cooper Campbell continues to do great things. You always like to see things like Calvin Miller today. That’s the sort of thing that proves everybody has it in themselves to find a new level. I think Calvin had a breakthrough today in terms of finding that new level.
“Overall, a good day from the people out there,” VanHootegem concluded. “There’s some who have to continue to find ways to improve, whether it’s what they’re doing in practice or their approach to meet day. But, we’re continuing to see good things.”
The Sooners are back in action on Feb. 9-10 for their final regular-season indoor meet, the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.