Sooners Ready For NCAA Indoors

Patrick Dunn
By Patrick Dunn
Communications Assistant

NORMAN – The NCAA indoor track and field championships begin Friday in College Station, Texas.  The two-day event will take place at the Gilliam Indoor Track on the campus of Texas A&M. 

Among those competing in the championships will be Oklahoma track and field student-athletes Jess Woodard, Ama Pipi, Vernon Turner, Ashley Bryant, Papay Glaywulu, and the Sooners women’s relay team of Ama Pipi, Mia Mukes, Evette Blanks, and Medinah Spencer, with Sabrina Mason serving as an alternate.

Senior Jess Woodard will be making her third straight appearance in the NCAA indoor shot put and will get things underway for OU at 5:15 p.m. CT on Friday.  In last year’s event, she finished fifth and was a first-team All-American, marking her second consecutive season to win indoor All-America honors.

At 6:40 p.m., senior Ama Pipi will compete in the women’s 400 meters semifinal, with the top eight finishers advancing to Saturday’s final at 5 p.m. This will be Pipi’s second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She is coming off a Big 12 title in the 200-meter dash, claiming the title in consecutive seasons for the Sooners.

Freshman Vernon Turner is making his first appearance at nationals and will have his event, the high jump, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Turner has rewritten Oklahoma record books this season in the high jump, clearing a program-record 7-7.75 at the Tyson Invitational. This mark stands as the best indoor performance in collegiate history for a freshman and is tied for the best collegiate high jump this season.

Senior Ashley Bryant will compete in the women’s weight throw, to be held Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Bryant has also added a conference title to her postseason accolades this season, taking the crown at the Big 12 Indoor Championship with a personal best throw and program record of 69-11.00 meters.

Scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CT Saturday is the men’s triple jump. Freshman Papay Glaywulu will represent the Sooners in the event, marking his first appearance at nationals. Glaywulu qualified for NCAAs with a personal-record jump of 52-6.50 at the Big 12 Indoor and has posted 50-0-plus jumps in all four of his competitions this season in the triple jump.

The OU women’s relay team of seniors Ama Pipi, Mia Mukes, and Medinah Spencer, along with freshman Evette Blanks, will compete in the 4x400-meter relay in the final event of the weekend Saturday evening at 6:55 p.m. The group posted a school-record time of 3:34.05 at the Tyson Invitational to qualify for the fourth heat of the event at NCAAs.

Live results will be available through Flash Results.  ESPN3 will be broadcasting the events Friday and Saturday, with coverage to start at 5:30 p.m. (all times CT) and 4 p.m., respectively.  At 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, ESPN2 will have a tape-delayed broadcast of the championships. 

For updates and more information on Oklahoma track and field, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_Track) and like Oklahoma Sooners Track & Field and Cross Country on Facebook.