OU T&F Sends Five To Eugene On Day Two

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Patrick Dunn
By Patrick Dunn
Student Assistant
MAY 25, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- The University of Oklahoma track and field team continued competition Friday at the NCAA West Region prelims in Sacramento, Calif. with an impressive day two showing.

Five Sooners punched tickets to the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships on the second day of regionals. Seniors Ama Pipi, Leya Buchanan, Medinah Spencer, Jess Woodard and redshirt junior Sarah Scott will all continue their seasons in Eugene, Ore. at the national championship meet.

Oklahoma head coach Jim VanHootegem spoke on the successful day, “It was a great day for our women’s track team. We just had people step up one after the other. Extremely pleased with everybody.”

VanHootegem continued, “A personal best for Camri Austin and she moves on to the next round, a school record again for Medinah Spencer. At the end of the day, people did what they needed to do to move on to the next round. That’s a big day to have five individuals qualify on one day so we’re really pleased. Tomorrow we have more opportunities for the women, so we want to take advantage of those and we want to get some guys on the bus (to nationals), as well.”

Ama Pipi claimed the first spot at nationals on the second day, running in the women’s 400 meters. The senior finished in a time of 52.45 seconds to take ninth out of all heats and advance to her fourth outdoor national championship.

Fellow senior Leya Buchanan followed suit and advanced to Eugene in the women’s 100-meter dash. Buchanan crossed the line in 11.30 seconds to claim her fourth nationals appearance and first as an individual.

The third ticket punched on day two belonged to senior Medinah Spencer. Spencer tied her personal best and school record time of 57.93 seconds in the quarterfinal of the women’s 400-meter hurdles to advance to the semifinal at nationals. It will be her first individual event appearance at the outdoor championships.

The fourth nationals spot claimed on the Sooners’ day two of regionals went to Jess Woodard in the women’s discus throw. The senior already punched one ticket to the national championship meet yesterday in the shot put, along with sophomore Meia Gordon. Woodard threw her best discus throw 174-6 (53.18 meters) to qualify for the event semifinal at nationals.

Also competing in the women’s discus throw was freshman Lauren Jones and sophomore Meia Gordon. Both missed the quarterfinal cut, with Jones’ best throw reaching 139-9 (42.60 meters) and Gordon’s mark being 165-5 (50.43 meters).

Capping the night on a high note was redshirt junior Sarah Scott. Scott punched the Sooners' fifth day two ticket and her first to NCAAs with a time of 10:01.29 in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Advancing to tomorrow’s 100-meter hurdles quarterfinal was freshman Camri Austin. Austin ran a personal-best time of 13.25 seconds in the first round to qualify for tomorrow’s quarterfinal at 9:20 p.m. CT.

Running in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, sophomore Bryce Douglas missed the quarterfinal cut with a time of 14.52 seconds in his heat. Additionally, senior Leya Buchanan and freshman Ja’Leesa Giles failed to advance to the next round in the women’s 200 meters, finishing in respective times of 23.79 and 24.01 seconds. Sophomore Meagan Gray competed in the women’s pole vault first round but failed to register a height, missing the bar at 12-10.75 (3.93 meters).

Oklahoma concludes its regional competition on Saturday with events beginning at 2 p.m. CT and running through the evening until the final event with Sooners’ competitors at 9:30 p.m. CT.

Live results from the NCAA West Preliminary are available through Flash Results. The meet is streamed via FloTrack, available on a subscription basis.

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