A pair of Sooner track stars took to the world stage Tuesday at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Aug. 7, 2012
Norman, Okla. - Two Sooner athletes in Laverne Jones-Ferrette and Brittany Borman took to the world stage on the second day of track and field competition at the 2012 Olympic Games Tuesday in London.
After a stellar performance in the 200m dash the day before preliminary heat, Sooner Jones-Ferrette of the U.S. Virgin Islands was just six-tenths of a second off of making an appearance in the event's finals after she clocked a season-best 22.62. Jones-Ferrette crossed the line fourth in her qualification heat, but took ninth overall.
Myriam Soumare of France took the final spot in tomorrow's medal-claiming race with an eighth-place, 22.56 run.
Jones-Ferrette's run in the 2011 London Olympic Games may have come to a close today, but the Sooner's track star left an imprint after she represented the U.S. Virgin Islands for the third Summer Olympics in a row, ran for a personal-best 11.07 seconds in the 100-meter dash semifinals and set a national record in the process.
Recent OU alum, Borman, finished 15th overall in the women's javelin qualification round with her third-best toss ever of 59.27 meters (194.5 feet). Her throw, which sat eighth in the first of 21 qualifiers, fell short after the second flight took the stage in front of 80,000 fans. The 2012 U.S. national champion narrowly missed the top-12, which will vie for an Olympic medal in London.
Borman is a four-time NCAA All-American. The Sooner record holder in both the discus (186-1/56.72) and javelin (194-11/59.42) combined to win four NCAA titles after she took the javelin crown three straight years (2010-12) and added a discus crown in 2010.
With Jones-Ferrette and Borman out of medal contention, all track and field representatives of the Crimson and Cream have concluded their appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games.