AUSTIN, Texas – In addition to hosting a large number of collegiate track and field programs, the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays also included a collection of some of the top high school teams from across the country. Several high school athletes who have signed letters of intent to compete in track and field for the University of Oklahoma were in Austin over the weekend, putting their skills to the test against some of the top high school talent in the country.
“The performances of our recruits really was one of the bright sides of the meet,” head coach Jim VanHootegem said. “We were very pleased with how they all performed and even more pleased that we had been able to recruit them. They are all really starting to shine.”
Brendan Taylor, from Little Rock Catholic (Arkansas), put on a show for his future coaches, winning the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:14.66. The senior also ran a leg in his team’s distance medley relay, which finished 14th in the race (10:42.12).
The girls' race in the the 1600 also had a pair of future Sooners. Sarah Scott, from Texas’ Wylie East High School, finished third in the event with a time of 4:55.16. Lauren Gibbs, from Lindsay (Texas) High School, placed 27th (5:13.97). Both Scott and Gibbs set personal records in the race.
Another Sooner signee, Hannah Cunliffe, finished second in the division II 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40. The Federal Way (Wash.) High School sprinter was the top qualifier following the event’s preliminary round.
Future Sooner Payton Stumbaugh also competed in the 100-meter dash. From Har-Ber (Ark.) High School, she finished fifth in the race (12.09). Stumbaugh, who was recruited for her skills as a heptathlete, also finished third (14.07) in the division II 100-meter hurdles over the weekend.
“For a heptathlon athlete to come into a meet like the Texas Relays and perform like she did in those races is quite rare,” VanHootegem added.
The final signee to compete in Austin was Lampassas (Texas) High School’s Steve Jazdyk. Jazdyk ran a leg in a pair of relays over the weekend, including the 4x100 and the 4x800, the latter of which resulted in a ninth-place finish.