The University of Oklahoma track and field team made its last trip of the year to Fayetteville, Ark., this evening, for the John McDonnell Invitational. Two Sooners claimed individual titles, while Oklahoma left John McDonnell field with 21 top-five finishes.
Brandon Doughty won Oklahoma’s first event of the evening after he crossed the line in 9:04.76 in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. His race in Fayetteville marked the Doughty’s collegiate debut in the event, and he did it in style, clocking the seventh-best time in Oklahoma history.
Senior Tia Brooks followed Doughty after she clinched Oklahoma’s lone victory on the field with a winning throw of 60-4.00 (18.39m) in the women’s shot put competition. The victory marked Brooks’ 12th-straight win in the event, as she remains undefeated on the year, is the lone woman to surpass the 60-foot barrier on the season and holds the NCAA’s top-two throws in the event.
Teammate, freshman Brooke Garner, followed Brooks in the shot put competition with a personal best, third-place throw of 50-6.25 (15.40m) to put her name in the OU record book with the seventh-best throw by a Sooner in the event. In the men’s shot put competition, fellow freshmen Tyler Sergent also collected a third-place finish with a career-best toss of 55-4.75 (16.88m).
Oklahoma continued its success on the field as each of OU’s competitors in the men’s and women’s long jump set new career bests in Fayetteville.
Senior Claire McConnell leapt 19-2.75 (5.86m) for the best jump of her career to finish fourth overall, while fellow senior Whitney Johnson collected a personal-best 18-11.25 (5.77) mark to finish sixth in the competition. For the men, a pair of freshmen in Kaelan Washington and Deon Pinder jumped career-bests of 24-2.50 (7.38m) and 22-10.50 (6.97m), respectively. Washington’s performance placed him third overall, while Pinder finished sixth.
A pair of high jumpers finished in the top-five after senior Kristen Rice cleared 5-5.25 (1.66m) to finish second, while freshman Abbie Wallace cleared a personal-best 5-3.25 (1.61m) to finish fourth.
In his first outdoor pole vault competition of the year, freshman Tanner Callihan cleared a personal-best 16-5.25 (5.01m) to finish fifth. In the women’s competition, Rachel Bolton finished third after she cleared 3.77m.
On the track, freshman Georgina Tamez-Reyna recorded a career-low 13.72 performance in the 100-meter hurdles to finish second and imprint her name in the Oklahoma record books with the tenth-best performance ever clocked by a Sooner.
Tamez-Reyna continued to excel on the track after she recorded a personal-best 25.80 in the 200-meter dash. Another pair of Sooners recorded career-lows in the 200-meter dash after junior Erin Jones crossed in 23.74 to finish fourth and freshman Cessily Jones stopped the clock in 24.15 to finish 11th in the event. The Jones duo combined to finish sixth and ninth in the 100-meter dash after Erin clocked in at 11.51 and Cessily recorded her second career-low mark of the day when she crossed in 11.68.
Sophomore Hilary Krein added a top-three finish for the OU women after she finished the women’s 1,500-meter run in 4:28.57 to place third overall.
For the men, junior Tre’ Lathan finished second in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles after he crossed the line in 13.68. In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Nathaniel Winfrey recorded a personal-best 51.57 to finish second.
Another pair of sprinters followed the Jones’ suit when they set personal-records as juniors Waymon Storey and Matt Wicks turned in times of 20.85 for second and 21.75 for 11th, respectively, in the men’s 200-meter dash.
A trio set new personal-records in the men’s 800-meter run to kick-start the distance events for Oklahoma in Fayetteville. Sophomore Jorian Damen crossed in 1:50.92 to finish sixth, and was followed by fellow sophomore Malcolm Wankel who stopped the clock in 1:51.84 to finish 10th. Freshman Allen Eke rounded out the Sooners in the 800-meter run with a 1:53.62 performance to finish 14th.
The record-setting times continued in the men’s 1,500-meter run as seniors Andrew Weaver and Kyle King topped career-best times of 3:53.09 for tenth and 3:54.35 for 14th, respectively.
The Sooners will continue the season next weekend with the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J., on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20.
JOHN McDONNELL INVITATIONAL FIELD RESULTS
Women’s Shot Put1. Tia Brooks, Sr., 60-4.00/18.39m
3. Brooke Garner, Fr. 50-6.25/15.40m*
Men’s Shot Put3. Tyler Sergent, So., 55-4.75/16.88m*
Women’s High Jump2. Kristen Rice, Sr. 5-5.25/1.66m
4. Abbie Wallace, Fr. 5-3.25/1.61m*
Men’s High Jump7. Landon Sharp, Jr. 6-7.50/2.02m
Women’s Pole Vault3. Rachel Bolton, Fr., 3.77m
8. Morgan Nichols, Jr., 3.62m
Men’s Pole Vault5. Tanner Callihan, Fr., 16-5.25/5.01m*
Women’s Long Jump4. Claire McConnell, Sr. 19-2.75/5.86m*
6. Whitney Johnson, Sr. 18-11.25/5.77m*
Men’s Long Jump3. Kaelan Washington, Fr., 24-2.50/7.38m*
6. Deon Pinder, Fr., 22-10.50/6.97m*
Men’s Triple Jump5. Wayne Walls, Sr., 48-7.50/14.82m
7. Deon Pinder, Fr., 46-7.50/14.21m
JOHN McDONNELL INVITATIONAL RUNNING RESULTS
Women’s 100-Meter Dash6. Erin Jones, Jr., 11.51
9. Cessily Jones, Fr., 11.68*
Men’s 100-Meter Dash4. Waymon Storey, Jr., 10.52
Women’s 200-Meter Dash4. Erin Jones, Jr., 23.73*
11. Cessily Jones, Fr. 24.15*
16. Georgina Tamez-Reyna, Fr. 25.80*
Men’s 200-Meter Dash2. Waymon Storey, Jr., 20.85*
11. Matt Wicks, Jr., 21.75*
Women’s 400-Meter Dash8. Ebanga Arrey, Fr., 57.05
Men’s 400-Meter Dash3. Ethan Baker, So., 47.46
Men’s 800-Meter Run6. Jorian Damen So., 1:50.92*
10. Malcolm Wankel, So., 1:51.84*
14. Allen Eke, Fr. 1:53.62*
Women’s 1500-Meter Run3. Hilary Krein, So., 4:28.57
Men’s 1500-Meter Run10. Andrew Weaver, Sr., 3:53.09*
14. Kyle King, Sr., 3:54.35*
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles2. Georgina Tamez-Reyna, Fr., 13.72*
6. Claire McConnell, Sr., 14.53
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles2. Tre’ Lathan, Sr., 13.68
5. Matt Wicks, Jr., 14.20*
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles2. Nathaniel Winfrey, Sr., 51.57*
Men’s 3000-Meter Steeplechase1. Brandon Doughty, Fr., 9:04.76*
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay4. Oklahoma, (C. Jones, E. Jones, A. Jenkins, G. Tamez-Reyna), 46.15
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