FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Field events ruled the day for the University of Oklahoma track and field teams as they completed the second day of competition at the John McDonnell Invitational on Saturday. The highlight of the day for the Sooners came in the form of a victory in the high jump by freshman Garrison LeRock, who has already had two other top-five finishes this outdoor season. LeRock was able to clinch the top spot after clearing a height of 6-9.00.
Hayden McClain had an impressive performance of his own on Saturday, finishing third in the triple jump after jumping a wind-aided 51-1.75.
“I have been very pleased with Hayden,” said head coach Jim VanHootegem. “We are continuing to work on some things, but he had a great competitive effort and came down hard six times.”
Oklahoma continues to have success in the women's throwing events as junior Alex Morgan threw the discus a personal best 173-3.00 en route to a second place finish. The mark also moved her up one spot to fourth all-time in program history.
Kate Foster finished right behind Morgan in third, throwing the discus a distance of 160-3.00.
Everette Favor found success in the pole vault competition, tying a personal best height by clearing 16-6.75, which was good for second place in the event.
Rounding out the field events, OU had a trio of men compete in the long jump as Nolan Hay placed third (23-11.5). Rolyce Boston was right behind in fourth (22-4.5) and Donva Adkism was seventh (21-7.25).
Three was the magic number for the Sooners on the track on Saturday, having a runner finish third in three separate races. Cecily Jones finished third in the 100-meter dash (11.80), Matthias Wicks finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (14.35), and Georgina Tamez-Reyna placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.94.
Olivia Haggerty finished one spot behind Tamez Reyna in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.94, while freshman Bianca Brazil finished sixth in the race (14.83), her first of the season.
A much higher than legal wind affected several of the sprints and horizontal jumps on Saturday.
In the men’s 3000-meter run, Kyle Polman finished fourth in 8:59.35 and Will Hogston finished sixth (9:02.05). Bryce Perry finished fourth on the women’s side (10:38.41) and Olivia Taylor placed sixth (11:21.79).
Daunicia Demerson was the top finisher for the Sooners in the 400, finishing fifth overall (55.49). Payton Baker finished 10th (58.58) and Ebanga Arrey placed 11th (59.39).
The Sooners closed out the day in the men and women’s 800-meter run. Allen Eke finished seventh for the men (1:51.54), while Kelsey McKee finished sixth (2:14.89). Marissa Codispodi was ninth with a 2:20.49 and Chloe Peek finished 11th on the women’s side (2:30.47).
“We had some good individual performances over the weekend,” VanHootegem said. “We would like to get our whole team together, which we will next week, but, we certainly had some good performances.”
The Sooners will host their lone home meet of the outdoor season, the 45th annual John Jacobs Invitational, Saturday, April 19, after being on the road for the first four meets of the outdoor season.
“We are definitely looking forward to staying at home,” VanHootegem explained. “We are working hard to make the John Jacobs a competitive meet and we are excited to compete together and at home.”
The high school division of the meet will be conducted on Friday. Select collegiate field events will happen late Friday afternoon with the remainder of the collegiate division scheduled for Saturday. All the action will take place at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex, located east of Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.