The University of Oklahoma track and field program dominated its season opener on Saturday, winning 14 of 29 events at the Sooner Opener held at the Mosier Indoor Facility. It was the debut meet under first-year Head Coach Jim VanHootegem. Additionally, OU competitors established three top-10 all-time marks.
“I was excited with the energy that everybody had,” said VanHootegem. “It was definitely the right combination of being excited and focused.”
Oklahoma took first in both the men’s and the women’s weight throw, with the women taking the top four spots in the event. Junior thrower Rylee Rackley finished first in the event, setting a career mark of 60-05.75. That throw moves her to second all-time in Oklahoma program history.
Rackley was followed by Sarah Tolson (58-07.25) in second and Julia Reedy (58-03.00) in third, a mark which put her fourth all-time in OU’s indoor history. Brooke Garner improved her career mark with a throw of 56-11.50 en route to a fourth-place finish. Freshman Charles Nguyen won the event for the men after throwing 58-08.50, the second-best mark in Oklahoma Indoor program history.
The Sooners continued their success in the field events with Nolan Hay taking the top spot in his first collegiate long jump competition with a jump of 23-06.00. Garrison LeRock won the high jump after clearing 6-09.50. Freshman Emily Savage won the pole vault after clearing a height of 11-09.25.
OU took the top spots in the shot put for men and women’s competition. Brooke Garner took first (47-11.75) and Avione Allgood placed second (47-05.75) for the women while Austin Perry (58-08.50) finished first and Tyler Sergent (53-10.50) was second for the men.
The men’s team produced another one-two-finish for the Sooners in the pole vault with Everette Favor (16-05.50) and Tanner Callihan (15-11.75) finishing first and second, respectively.
The success continued on the track for the Sooners. OU won both the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles. Matt Wicks recorded a time of 8.70 for the men and Georgina Tamez Reyna posted career-best time of 8.70 to take first place. Freshman Olivia Haggerty placed second in the women’s race with a time of 8.90.
Oklahoma also won both events in the 60-meter dash with Waymon Storey winning for the men in a career-best time time of 6.89. On the women’s side, freshman Daye Shon Roberson took first with a time of 7.59 followed by sophomore Cessily Jones who was a close second with a time of 7.60.
Senior Molly Williams (5:04.28) and freshman Kelsey McKee (5:05.47) finished first and second, respectively, in the women’s mile run to add another victory to Oklahoma’s total.
“I think it was a good start,” explained VanHootegem. “Now we have seen people in action. We know what to go back and work on next week and see where we can build from there.”
The Sooners are back in action next Saturday in Norman at the Mosier Indoor Facility as they host the 14th annual J.D. Martin Invitational.