Once again, the field saw several spectacular performances by the Sooners, including one victory and 11 top-five finishes.
Returning NCAA champion Tia Brooks opened her outdoor season in fashion breaking her own school record and throwing a career-best 61-05.50 (18.73m) to claim her 10th-straight shot put title of the 2013 season. With the throw, she leads all NCAA shot putters, and is the first to surpass the 60-foot barrier, leading the second-best performance in the country by nearly four full feet.
Holden Mitchell kick started the two-day event for Oklahoma with a personal best 192-11 (58.80m), fifth-place performance in the premiere hammer throw competition. The distance improves his standing in the record book, as he put together the third-best throw ever recorded by a Sooner. Freshman Austin Perry followed Mitchell in the open hammer throw competition, with a distance of 176-01 (53.67m) to finish fourth in the field.
Perry continued his success on the field with a personal-best performance in the premiere men’s shot put competition that saw him record a 59-11.25 (18.27m) throw for second place. Although the distance is the furthest of his career, the performance maintains Perry’s rank in the record book, with the third-best throw in program history.
In the women’s javelin competition a pair of freshmen – Avione Allgood and Elizabeth Herrs – combined to finish behind one another in the standings with throws of 162-06 (49.54m) to finish sixth and 154-10 (47.20m) to take seventh, respectively.
Following their lead, a pair of sprinters in freshman Cessily Jones and junior Erin Jones found success on the track in their respective ‘premiere’ races. Cessily Jones finished fifth in the 100-meter dash after she stopped the clock in 11.80, and followed with a 10th-place, 24.33 performance in the 200-meter dash. Erin Jones finished right behind Cessily in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.81 for sixth in the race, but bested the youngster in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.75 to finish fourth overall.
Junior Waymon Storey put together an impressive performance for the Sooners with runs in the 100-, 200- and 1,500-meter races, clocking personal-bests each time he stepped into the blocks. Storey began the day with a 10.51, fourth-place finish in the 100-meter, and followed with a 21.13 performance in the 200-meter premiere race to finish sixth overall.
Fellow sprinter Jeremy Rankin made his outdoor debut this weekend with a 10.62 finish for fifth in the 100-meter premiere race.
Also on the track were the hurdlers, where the duo of Tre’ Lathan and Matt Wicks took the second- and third-place spots, respectively, in the 110-meter high hurdles ‘premiere’ race. Lathan clocked in at 13.77 to take the runner-up finish, while Wicks crossed the line in a career-low 14.23 to finish third.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay closed the competition with a third-place finish after Jamel Wood, Ethan Baker, Waymon Storey and Nathaniel Winfrey combined to stop the clock in 3:09.46.
The Sooners will return to action next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational, April 12-13.
SUN ANGEL CLASSIC RESULTS
Men’s Hammer Throw (Premiere)5. Holden Mitchell, Sr., 192-11.00/58.80m*
Men’s Hammer Throw4. Austin Perry, Fr., 176-01.00/53.67m
Women’s Shot Put (Premiere)1. Tia Brooks, Sr., 61-05.50/18.73m*!
Men’s Shot Put (Premiere)2. Austin Perry, Fr., 59-11.25/18.27m*
6. Conrad Aaron, Sr., 55-00.25/16.77m
Women’s Javelin Throw6. Avione Allgood, Fr., 162-06.00/49.54m
7. Elizabeth Herrs, Fr., 154-10.00/47.20
Men’s Javelin Throw6. Tyler Renton, Fr., 205-07.00/62.67
Women’s 100m Dash (Premiere)5. Cessily Jones, Fr., 11.80
6. Erin Jones, Jr., 11.81
Men’s 100m Dash (Premiere)5. Jeremy Rankin, Jr., 10.62
Men’s 100m Dash4. Waymon Storey, Jr., 10.51*
Women’s 200m Dash (Premiere)4. Erin Jones, Jr., 23.75*
10. Cessily Jones, Fr., 24.33
Men’s 200m Dash (Premiere)6. Waymon Storey, Jr., 21.13*
11. Nathaniel Winfrey, Sr., 21.64
Women’s 100m Hurdles9. Georgina Tamez-Reyna, Fr., 13.92*
17. Alisa Jenkins, Sr., 14.38
Men’s 110m Hurdles2. Tre’ Lathan, Sr., 13.77
3. Matt Wicks, Jr., 14.23*
Men’s 4x400m Relay3. Oklahoma (J. Wood, E. Baker, W. Storey, N. Winfrey), 3:09.46
*Indicates personal-best performance
!Indicates OU Program Record
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