March 30, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. - A slew of Oklahoma student athletes were on hand in Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Spring Invitational on Saturday at John McDonnell Field. Seven Sooners captured individual victories on the day, while two relay teams combined to cross the line first.

Once again, the Sooners were dominant on the field, as OU captured five victories off the track.

With his second javelin victory of his freshman campaign, Tyler Renton moved up one spot in the OU record books with a throw of 224-01 (68.31m) to record the second-best throw ever recorded by a Sooner. Fellow freshman Austin Perry, a freshman shot put thrower, bested his career throw with a 59-9.75, and improved his spot in the OU record books with the third-best performance in Oklahoma track and field history.  

Additionally, senior Wayne Walls also imprinted his name into the Oklahoma record books with a career-best distance of 50-9.25 (15.47m) in the men's triple jump competition. The distance sits seventh all-time in program history, and marks the best triple jump performance recorded by a Sooner since Frankie Green leapt 50-3.25 (15.32m) in 2007.

Senior Kristen Rice took home the women's high jump title after she cleared 5-8.00 (1.73m), while freshman Elizabeth Herrs clinched OU's final victory on the field in the women's javelin with a personal-best throw of 173-9.00 (52.97m). With her performance, Herrs now owns the third-best throw in program history. Teammate and fellow freshman Avione Allgood followed directly behind her teammate in the javelin competition with a toss of 158-10.00 (48.42m) for the runner-up spot. Together, the duo own the top-two throws in the NCAA - Herrs recorded tonight at the Razorback Spring Invitational, while Allgoods came just two weeks ago at the Tulsa Duels.

In the women's discus competition, freshman Kate Foster and sophomore Alexandra Morgan combined to finish second and third for Oklahoma. Foster clinched the runner-up finish for OU with a throw of 162-11 (49.66m), while Morgan took third with a personal-best throw of 161-5 (19.19m).

A pair of freshmen in Rachel Bolton and Everette Favor each finished second in their respective pole vault contests in their outdoor debuts. Bolton took second in the women's competition after she successfully cleared 12-7.50 (3.85m), while Favor finished in the runner-up position after he cleared 16-6.75 (5.05m).

On the track, Oklahoma claimed two individual victories, courtesy of Tre' Lathan and Cessily Jones.

Lathan took the men's lone victory on the track in the 110-meter high hurdles with a 13.71 performance, while freshman sprinter Cessily Jones shined in Fayetteville with a victory in the 100-meter dash and third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with personal-best times of 11.71 and 24.31, respectively.

Fellow freshman, Georgina Tamez-Reyna, followed Jones' suit with a third-place and personal-best, 13.92 performance in the 100-meter hurdles.

Both Waymon Storey and Ethan Baker represented the Crimson and Cream in the sprints on the men's side. Storey - a junior for OU - finished second in the 200-meter dash after he stopped the clock in 21.18, while Baker - a sophomore donning the Crimson and Cream - took the runner-up spot in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.18.

Nathaniel Winfrey added a third-place effort for OU in the 400-meter high hurdles, after he crossed the line in a career-low 51.77.

The men's and women's 4x100-meter relay teams walked off the track with victories after they crossed the finish line in 40.07 and 45.61, respectively.

The Sooners will return to outdoor action next weekend with split competition. Select athletes will compete at the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday, April 5, while other OU representatives will head to Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Classic April 5-6.  

FIELD EVENTS

Men's Hammer Throw
4. Holden Mitchell, Sr., 185-11/56.68m
6. Austin Perry, Fr., 180-9/55.10m*

Women's Hammer Throw
5. Brooke Garner, Fr., 174-8/53.23m*
6. Sarah Tolson, Fr., 172-11/52.70m*
8. Rylee Rackley, So., 171-8/52.33m
18. Kate Foster Fr., 155-00/47.25 

Women's High Jump
1. Kristen Rice, Sr., 5-8.00/1.73m
14. Abbie Wallace, Fr., 5-3.00/1.60m 

Men's High Jump
3. Landon Sharp, Jr., 6-11/2.11* 

Women's Pole Vault
2. Rachel Bolton, Fr., 12-7.50/3.85m*
5. Morgan Nichols, Jr., 12-1.50/3.70m*
9. Jacy Bennett, Sr., 11-7.75/3.55m

Men's Pole Vault
2. Everette Favor, Fr., 16-6.75/5.05m* 

Men's Long Jump
7. Kaelan Washington, Fr., 23-3.50/7.10m*
9. Deon Pinder, Fr., 22-8.50/6.92m* 

Men's Triple Jump
1. Wayne Walls, Sr., 50-9.25/15.47m*
5. Deon Pinder, Fr., 48-00.50/14.64m* 

Women's Shot Put
7. Brooke Garner, Fr., 47-10.00/14.58m*
17. Claire McConnell, Sr., 33-10.25/8.25m

Men's Shot Put
1. Austin Perry, Fr., 59-9.75/18.23m*
3. Conrad Aaron, Sr., 54-4.00/16.56m 

Women's Discus
2. Kate Foster, Fr., 162-11/49.66m
3. Alexandra Morgan, So., 161-5/49.19m*
9. Karen Shump, Sr., 144-7/44.06m
10. Sarah Tolson, Fr., 141-6/43.12m
13. Jennifer Carmichael, Fr., 136-00/41.46m

Women's Javelin
1. Elizabeth Herrs, Fr., 173-9.00/52.97m*
2. Avione Allgood, Fr., 158-10.00/48.42m
6. Ashley Kowalewski, Jr., 132-00/40.23m

Men's Javelin
1. Tyler Renton, Fr., 224-01/68.31m*

RUNNING EVENTS

Women's 100m Dash
1. Cessily Jones, Fr., 11.71* 

Women's 200m Dash
3. Cessily Jones, Fr., 24.31*
11. Claire McConnell, Sr., 24.92
14. Ebanga Arrey, Fr., 25.17*
32. Georgina Tamez-Reyna, Fr., 26.18
34. Alisa Jenkins, Jr., 26.26 

Men's 200m Dash
2. Waymon Storey, Jr., 21.18
12. Matt Wicks, Jr., 21.94

Women's 400m Dash
11. Ebanga Arrey, Fr., 58.26

Men's 400m Dash
2. Ethan Baker, So., 47.18

Men's 800m Run (Seeded)
5. Malcolm Wankel, So., 1:52.54 

Men's 1500m Run (Seeded)
6. Andrew Weaver, Sr.,3:53.10*
9. Bill Kogel, Sr., 3:56.90 

Men's 1500m Run
7. Allen Eke, Fr., 3:58.15*
10. Daniel Mazar, Fr., 4:00.81* 

Women's 3,000m Run
5. Hilary Krein, So., 9:55.77*

Men's 3,000m Run
5. Aaron Sherf, Sr., 8:27.52*
7. Brandon Doughty, Fr., 8:27.66*
6. Kyle King, Sr., 8:27.59 

Women's 100m Hurdles
3. Georgina Tamez-Reyna, Fr., 13.92*
7. Claire McConnell, Sr., 14.18*

Men's 110m Hurdles
1. Tre' Lathan, Sr., 13.71
6. Matt Wicks, Jr., 14.25* 

Men's 400m Hurdles
3. Nathaniel Winfrey, Sr., 51.77*

Women's 4x100m Relay
1. Oklahoma (Cessily Jones, Erin Jones, Alisa Jenkins, Ebanga Arrey), 45.61 

Men's 4x100m Relay
1. Oklahoma (Tre' Lathan, Waymon Storey, Ethan Baker, Nathaniel Winfrey), 40.07

*indicates personal-best performance