Oklahoma men and women take third in team race as Salaam earns Big 12 high point award.
May 15, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — Mookie Salaam claimed two Big 12 titles in one day while Brittany Borman won her second Big 12 title in as many days as the Oklahoma women claimed a program-best finish by taking third with a program record 117 points while the Oklahoma men were third with 90 points. Prior to Sunday’s finish, the OU women’s best Big 12 finish was sixth, a finish they had accomplished six times including the last four years.
Salaam’s two wins along with his leg on the 4x100-meter relay gave the junior the Big 12 high point scorer award, an honor he claimed in the indoor season as well.
Salaam claimed the 100-meter dash title with his second-best time of his career, 10.23, despite running into a headwind of 2.5 meters-per-second. Salaam snapped Texas A&M’s Gerald Phiri’s stronghold on the event, the A&M athlete had won the last three Big 12 titles in the event before Salaam took his crown competing at home.
Less than an hour later, Salaam really created a buzz in the stands of the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex as he took the 200-meter dash title in a time of 20.05. With no tailwind, Salaam’s time ranks as the second-fastest in the world behind just the 19.95 run by Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade. The time leads all U.S. born athletes and breaks a 17-year old OU record held by David Oaks (20.24 - 1994), a 12-year old John Jacobs Track and Field Complex record of 20.08 (Aaron Armstrong - Barton County, 1999) and a three-year old Big 12 Championship meet record of 20.29 set by Gerald Phiri in 2008.
The win is Oklahoma’s second Big 12 title in the event following the 1999 title won by Shomari Wilson and snaps the Texas A&M strong hold on the event as Phiri and Curtis Mitchell of Texas A&M have claimed the last three titles.
OU swept the top two spots in the event as Karen Shump took second in the event. Borman’s winning throw of 180-6 (55.02) held the field off by two feet while Shump, who entered the weekend ranked No. 23 in the event, defeated six athletes ranked ahead of her with a season-best throw of 178-0 (54.26). Borman was in second entering the finals before taking over the lead to win the event on her fifth attempt.
The discus win is the second Big 12 title of the weekend for Borman as she won the javelin Friday morning in the opening event of the meet. Borman became just the fourth athlete in Big 12 history to win back-to-back titles in the discus as OU’s Bambi Carson was the first in 2000 and 2001. Borman is also the first ever Big 12 athlete to win Big 12 crowns in both the discus and the javelin.
McGrone took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.37 as the women, like the men, had to run into a headwind in the event. McGrone finished just behind Texas A&M’s Jeneba Tarmoh who won the event for the second-straight year with a time of 11.25. Sherine Wells also picked up a point for the Sooners as she took eighth with a time of 11.37.
McGrone returned to the track just an hour later for the 200-meter dash where she took third with a time of 22.90. McGrone’s time is her second-fastest of the season behind the wind-aided 22.86 run at the John Jacobs Invitational on April 16. With Sunday’s race being run into a headwind, McGrone’s time is record eligible, placing her No. 3 on the Oklahoma historic performance list.
The quartet of Shawna Anderson, McGrone, Sherine Wells, Ti’Anca Mock clocked the third-fastest 4x100-meter relay in Oklahoma history as they took third in the event with a time of 43.87. The Sooners were narrowly edged by Baylor at the finish line for second as the Bears crossed the finish line in a time of 43.85. Texas A&M won the event with a time of 42.90.
An injury to triple jumper Jasmine Simmons, who is usually counted on in the event, forced OU Associated Head Woman’s Coach Dana Boone to shuffle her relay lineup with Anderson leading for the first time this season. Wells, the usual leadoff leg, ran the third leg with McGrone running the longest leg, the second leg. Mock joined the relay for the first time this season but has anchored five of the 10 fastest times in Oklahoma history in the past.
Alexandra Acker reclaimed the Oklahoma program record in the women’s pole vault as she cleared 13-10.50 (4.23) to take third in the event. Acker bettered the previous record by two inches as she overtook the record from teammate Sarah Pappas, who was sixth Sunday with a height of 13-0.75 (3.98). Acker had previously broken the record earlier in the year before Pappas took the record at the Arkansas Twilight on May 6.
Eric Bailey claimed third in the men’s 400-meter hurdles as he ran a personal-best time of 50.04 which is the fourth-fastest time in Oklahoma history. With a lean, Bailey edged Nebraska’s Adam Dailey who was fourth with a time of 50.11. Texas Tech swept the top two spots in the event with Bryce Brown recording a time of 49.04 to win the event.
Jessica Engel picked up six points for the women’s team with a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Two days after winning the 10,000-meter run in the event, Engel completed the distance race in a time of 16:13.41, her second-fastest 5K of the season. The time is the seventh fastest in Big 12 Championship history.
The Oklahoma women picked up valuable points in the opening event of the day as Kristen Rice cleared a PR of 5-9.25 (1.76) to take a tie for third with Texas’ Victoria Lucas. Rice’s clearance Sunday was easily better than her previous best of 5-7.00 (1.70) and is the eighth-best height in program history. Smith was one of two Sooners to score in the event as Chenale Smith took eighth with a height of 5-7.25 (1.71).
The men’s 4x100-meter relay of Marcus Anderson, Mookie Salaam, Evan Pierson, Remuro Henry clocked its season-fastest time to finish fourth in a time of 39.76. The four bettered their previous best of 39.82 from the Drake Relays on April 30. Texas A&M won the event with a time of 39.04.
Latoya Greaves clocked a time of 13.43 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles to take fourth in the event and pick up five points for the Sooners. The time is Greaves’ third fastest of the season as Baylor’s Tiffani McReynolds won the event with a time of 12.98.
Already the Oklahoma record holder in the men’s 5,000-meter run, George Alex took third in the event Sunday night in the last individual event on the track. The junior in his first year with the Oklahoma program took a time of 14:00.30 across the finish line and turned around to see teammate Bill Kogel not far behind. Kogel crossed the line in a time of 14:07.01 to finish seventh in the event as OU took eight points in the event.
Luke Bryant took fifth in the men’s discus throw that was moved to the infield of the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex to take advantage of favorable winds. Bryant finished with his second-best throw of the season, 189-10 (57.86), and was joined on the awards podium by K.P. Singh who took a throw of 185-4 (56.48). Texas Tech’s Julian Wruck broke a seven-year old Big 12 record to win the event with a throw of 208-1 (63.42).
Annie Martin used a strong kick to capture her second-fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase of the season, finishing fifth with a time of 10:37.03. In an event that saw Colorado’s Emma Coburn run away from the field with a winning time of 9:57.39, Martin picked up four points for the Sooners as she was the first athlete from the Big 12 South to cross the finish line.
The men’s 1,500-meter run saw Oklahoma claim two of the top six spots as Jacob Boone and Rob Sorrell finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Boone crossed the line in a time of 3:47.70 while Sorrell was just behind with 3:48.30.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay of Shelleyeka Rolle, McGrone, Wells and Jesica Ejesieme closed out the night for the Oklahoma women with a seventh-place finish in the event, running a time of 3:39.01. The men’s 4x400 relay also took seventh as Marcus Anderson, Remuro Henry, Trayvion Jones and Bailey ran a time of 3:10.24.
Chris Sweeney took seventh in the men’s 800 with a personal best of 1:50.11. The tightly-contested race was won by Texas A&M’s Michael Preble in a time of 1:47.71. The women’s 800 saw freshman Kelsey Brown earn All-Big 12 honors as she took eighth with a time of 2:09.38. Brown was just behind the pack that was led by Oklahoma State’s Natalja Piliusina with a time of 2:05.57.
Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 100-Meter Dash: 1. Mookie Salaam 10.23
Men’s 200-Meter Dash: 1. Mookie Salaam 20.05
Men’s 800-Meter Run: 7. Chris Sweeney 1:50.11
Men’s 1,500-Meter Run: 5. Jacob Boone 3:47.70; 6. Rob Sorrell 3:48.30
Men’s 5,000-Meter Run: 3. George Alex 14:00.30; 7. Bill Kogel 14:07.01;
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles: 8. Malcolm Anderson 13.89
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles: 3. Eric Bailey 50.04
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 4. Marcus Anderson, Mookie Salaam, Evan Pierson, Remuro Henry 39.76
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay: 7. Marcus Anderson, Remuro Henry, Trayvion Jones, Eric Bailey 3:10.24
Men’s Discus: 5. Luke Bryant 189-10 (57.86); 7. K.P. Singh 185-4 (56.48)
Women’s 100-Meter Dash: 2. Candyce McGrone 11.37; 8. Sherine Wells 11.80; 9. Shawna Anderson 11.87
Women’s 200-Meter Dash: 3. Candyce McGrone 22.90
Women’s 800-Meter Run: 8. Kelsey Brown 2:09.38; 9. Shakeeri Cole DNF
Women’s 5,000-Meter Run: 3. Jessica Engel 16:13.41
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles: 4. Latoya Greaves 13.43
Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 5. Annie Martin 10:37.03
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 3. Shawna Anderson, Candyce McGrone, Sherine Wells, Ti’Anca Mock 43.87
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay: 7. Shelleyeka Rolle, Candyce McGrone, Sherine Wells, Jesica Ejesieme 3:39.01
Women’s High Jump: 3. Kristen Rice 5-9.25 (1.76); 8. Chenale Smith 5-7.25 (1.71)
Women’s Pole Vault: 3. Alexandra Acker 13-10.50 (4.23); 6. Sarah Pappas 13-0.75 (3.98); 12. Jacy Bennett 12-0.75 (3.68); 18. Morgan Nichols 11-7.00 (3.53)
Women’s Triple Jump: 14. Jasmine Simmons 40-10.25 (12.45)
Women’s Discus: 1. Brittany Borman 180-6 (55.02); 2. Karen Shump 178-0 (54.26); 9. Bailey Wagner 167-3 (50.97); 11. Lauren Guerrieri 155-11 (47.53); 21. Kelsey Poljansek 146-8 (44.71)