May 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - In a rain-soaked second day at the NCAA West Regional, the Oklahoma track and field teams multiple Sooners earned the right to move on to the NCAA Championships with their performances on Friday.
Competing in his first postseason, freshman Austin Perry set a personal-best in the men's shot put with a throw of 18.30 meters to qualify for the national final in Eugene with a 10th-place finish.
Kristen Rice, a senior, will compete at the first NCAA Championships of her career after placing sixth overall in the women's high jump. Rice cleared 1.75 meters, just under her outdoor career best of 1.76 meters.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, senior Tre Lathan won his heat to advance to Saturday's final. An All-American in the event, Lathan's time of 13.94 seconds was good for sixth on the day. Fellow Sooner Matt Wicks took fifth in his heat in a time of 14.46 seconds, finishing 31st.
Joining Lathan in a Saturday regional final will be junior Waymon Storey in the men's 200 meters after his time of 21.38 placed him 23rd among all competitors.
Freshman Rachel Bolton gave a strong showing in her first NCAA regional in the women's pole vault competition, clearing a top height of 3.86 meters to place in the top half of the competition.
After qualifying for the regional final in the men's 400-meter hurdles on Thursday, junior Nathaniel Winfrey finished 20th in the event on Friday coming in with a time of 52.29 seconds.
In the women's discus, sophomore Alexandra Morgan advanced to the final round of 16 after a throw of 49.73 meters, but fell just short of qualifying for Eugene and the top 12, finishing 16th. Freshman Kate Foster also competed in the discus, placing 29th.
Freshman Georgina Tamez-Reyna, racing in the women's 100-meter hurdles, and junior Erin Jones, a 200-meter participant, both finished 39th in their respective races.
In the final race of the day, run around midnight due to the weather delays, sophomore Brandon Doughty ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:10.15, finishing 37th.
Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each Regional to the NCAA Championships held June 6-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Saturday will finish out the NCAA Regional for the Sooners. Follow Oklahoma's official Twitter account for updates throughout the day or visit the OU schedule page for links to live video and results.