Oklahoma closed out the 45th annual John Jacobs Invitational on Saturday with 11 Sooners adding their names to the record books.
Oklahoma opened the afternoon with a meet-record-setting javelin throw by Liz Herrs of 176-11 (53.93m), also a personal best. It was a 1-2-3 finish for OU as Avione Allgood (169-06/51.67m) finished second and Ashley Kowalewski (146-08/44.71m) was third.
Success in the javelin followed for the Sooner men who also went 1-2-3. Tyler Renton set a personal best, winning the event with a school-record 229-06 (69.96m). Garrett Snow was second with a 228-10 (69.76m) effort, also a personal best. They are now first and second, respectively, in program history. TJ Noonan’s third-place effort of 210-02 (64.05m) in the javelin moves him seventh in program history.
The men wiped the record books clean in the 3000-meter steeplechase with four Sooners joining or improving their all-time top 10 times. Brandon Doughty finished first in 8:52.38, followed by Alex Deir (9:00.12), Dylan Blankenbaker (9:02.12) and Patrick Gomez (9:03.47).
Doughty moved to third with his time. Deir joined the top 10 in fifth and Blankenbaker in eighth. Gomez improved to ninth in program history.
On the women’s side, freshman Bryce Perry finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:06.99.
Allgood added a second in the shot put with a 51-3.75 (15.64m) throw, placing her seventh all-time in program history.
Daye Shon Roberson, Payton Baker, Daunicia Demerson and Kelsey McKee won the women’s 4x400 meter relay with a 3:46.39.
Hurdles were a highlight for the men and women. Georgina Tamez-Reyna won the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.95, followed closely by Olivia Haggerty in 14.06. All-Big 12 scorer Matthias Wicks won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.32.
OU took the first three spots in the 800-meter run. Allen Eke (1:50.46) and Malcolm Wankel (1:50.74) finished first and second, respectively, with career best times. Jacob Burcham (1:51.76) coming in third.
Other OU winners included Abbabiya Simbassa (3:57.15) in the 1500-meter run, Austin Perry (57-7/17.55m) in the shot put, Nolan Hay (23-11.5/7.30m) in the long jump and the women’s 4x400-meter relay (3:46.39).
Each winning mark and record are signs of teams moving in the right direction, just in time for an increased focus and preparation for Big 12 Outdoor Championships, May 16-18 in Lubbock, Texas.
“We’ve been seeing good stuff in training,” said Head Coach Jim VanHootegem. “I think if people pull things together, if we can hold together and if we maintain ourselves health-wise, I feel really good about what we can do at Big 12s.”
In the only outdoor home meet of the season, the Sooners took the chance to come together.
“This is the one time that our team was going to be fully together just because of individualization of progress. I thought people were supporting each other and obviously it paid off in a lot of those performances today,” explained VanHootegem.
With two meets remaining before the conference championships, Oklahoma will use today’s positives as the teams continue preparation. Up next for the Sooners is a two-day meet, the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. on April 25-26.