March 8, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – Kevin Williams and the men’s distance medley relay took to the track at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday night in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Williams was the first on the track in the Crimson and Cream in the men’s 5,000-meter run. The senior crossed the line in 14:33.79 to finish 16th overall in the field in the first NCAA Championship of his career at Oklahoma.
Following Williams’ performance in the 5,000, the group of Brandon Doughty, Jamel Wood, Malcolm Wankel and Ryan Poland combined to cross the line in 9:44.39 in the men’s distance medley relay for 11th overall. Doughty ran the first leg of the race with a 2:58.72 1,200-meter run, and was followed by Wood in the second, 400-meter leg with a 47.55 split. Wankel was OU’s third runner with a 1:52.69, 800-meter run, while Poland anchored the Sooners with a 4:05.45, 1,6000-meter performance at the end.
Together, they recorded the tenth fastest time in program history in the event. Additionally, with the time Wood has now been an influential member on three of Oklahoma’s top-10 distance medley relay teams, including the quartet that broke the school record this season.
Friday wrapped up competition for the all the OU men, but it is a pair of Sooner women who will represent Oklahoma on Saturday. Claire McConnell will make her NCAA Championship debut in the women’s pentathlon, while defending NCAA shot put champion Tia Brooks looks to defend her crown in the event.
The combined events will run on a rolling schedule with 30 minutes between each event. The pentathlon competition is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. CT with the 60-meter hurdles. Brooks will begin her run to the title at 4:00 p.m. CT.
Men’s 5,000-meter Run
16. Kevin Williams, Sr., 14:33.79
Men’s Distance Medley Relay
11. Oklahoma (Doughty, Wood, Wankel, Poland), 9:44.39