Fresh from a record-setting first road meet, the University of Oklahoma track and field teams left today for the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. Competition for the Sooners begins at 9:35 a.m. EST on Friday when Aatiyah Henry starts the women’s collegiate long jump. Nolan Hay and Kaelan Washington follow shortly after in the men’s collegiate long jump. Hay will be the first Sooner on the track when he competes in the collegiate 60-meter dash at 10:40 a.m.
OU will have competitors in events throughout the day Friday. On Saturday, Washington opens the competition for the Sooners when he competes in the men’s collegiate triple jump at 8:55 a.m. Again, the schedule of events goes throughout the day Saturday. A total of 26 Sooner track and field student-athletes are scheduled to compete in the meet.
The meet will be held at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory. The Olympic caliber track hosts over 100 meets a year for athletes of all ages. This year’s event is expected to draw competitors from more than 100 universities and colleges. Oklahoma and Kansas are the only Big 12 teams to be taking the A train to The Armory for the meet.
“This is a very different kind of meet, a very large invitational with lots of sections, crowded warmup areas. Our athletes will need to think on their feet more than normal,” Sooner head coach Jim VanHootegem said. “We aren’t taking a full squad but we are very excited.
“It’s always special when an athlete gets to compete in New York City and The Armory is one of the hallowed grounds in the sport of indoor track and field.”
OU is coming off a strong showing in last week’s Razorback Invitational as the Sooners had one school record set, eight career bests improved and five event wins.
“Biya Simbassa will be making his 5k debut in an OU uniform. I’m also excited to watch our middle distance group who all had solid performances in Arkansas. They are looking to take another step forward,” the head coach added.
“For the sprints, hurdles and jumps, it will be very similar to the Big 12 Championship in terms of the level it will take to advance to the finals.” Live results from the meet will be available at http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/251003-Armory-Collegiate-Invitational-2014 with recaps to follow on soonersports.com.
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