OU Claims Five Titles at Sun Angel Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. — Continuing the successful weekend for the Oklahoma Track and Field program, the team’s sprinter and jumpers pocketed five individual titles late Saturday night at the Sun Angel Track Classic in Tempe. Ronnie Ash stayed undefeated in the 110-meter hurdles while Will Claye  made his 2010 debut a promising one by winning the triple jump. The two were joined in the winner’s circle by Latoya Greaves (100-meter hurdles), Eric Bailey (400-meter hurdles) and Mookie Salaam (100-meter dash).

Running into a headwind, Ash remained undefeated on the season in the 110-meter hurdles as he clocked a time of 13.70, the second-fastest wind-legal time in Oklahoma history, just one-hundreth off the program record of 13.69. Ash easily won the event as his teammate, Malcolm Anderson, finished second with a time of 14.05.

The Sooners swept the short hurdles as Greaves claimed a win in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.36. Already the program record holder in the event, Greaves clocked her second-fastest time of the season in the Tempe.

A longer distance in the hurdles did not deter Bailey as he lowered his PR in the 400-meter hurdles for the third straight week, winning the event with a time of 50.24. Bailey’s time is the fifth fastest in program history as he claimed his second individual title of the season. Zach Dawson finished eighth in the event in a time of 51.93.

The fourth win came in the men’s triple jump as Claye made a triumphant return to the event. After winning the 2009 NCAA title in the event, Claye only competed at one meet during the indoor season due to an injury and made his 2010 outdoor debut Saturday. The sophomore from Phoenix successfully kept his collegiate outdoor undefeated streak alive as he won the event with a jump of 53-3.00 (16.23) on his sixth and last attempt. To move into first, Claye passed his own teammate, Neelon Greenwood, who finished second with the fifth-best jump in program history, 51-11.25 (15.83). Greenwood also finished third in the premiere long jump with a top mark of 23-11.75 (7.31).

Like Claye, Salaam is another promising sophomore for the Sooners and picked up his first win of the 2010 outdoor season as he claimed the title in the men’s premiere 100-meter dash. Salaam crossed the line in a time of 10.31, the second fastest in the Big 12 this season. Salaam followed his season-best performance in the 100 with the same in the 200 as he took third overall and first among collegiate competitors with a time of 20.76.

Scottesha Miller equaled her second-fastest time of the season in the women’s premiere 100-meter dash as she finished third with a time of 11.43. Sherine Wells took fifth in the race with a time of 11.80. Running into a headwind, Miller also took third overall in the premiere 200-meter dash as she recorded a season-best time of 23.28.

Miller and Wells teamed with Jasmine Simmons and Marlena Wesh on the 4×100-meter relay that finished second and lowered its season-best mark to 44.71 while the men’s 4×1 of Ash, Salaam, Remuro Henry and Evan Pierson also clocked a season-best time, finishing third in 40.18. Both Henry and Salaam pulled double duty on the relays as they joined Bailey and Jarell Warren on the 4×400-meter relay that finished second with a time of 3:06.97.

The women’s triple jump saw Simmons finish second as she hopped, skipped and jumped a distance of 42-0.50 (12.81). The mark is the fourth best in program history as the top four jumps have all come in the last four years under OU jumps coach Jeremy Fischer.

Wells clocked her fastest time of the season as she finished second in the open 200-meter dash with a time of 23.91. Wesh was sixth in 24.27 and finished fifth in the premiere 400-meter dash with a time of 54.94. In the men’s open 100-meter dash, Pierson was third with a time of 10.80.

Oklahoma returns to action next week when it hosts its first home meet of the outdoor season. The John Jacobs Collegiate Invitational is slated to begin Friday at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex with the javelin and weight throw starting at 2 p.m. All other events will be held on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Admission to the meet is free.

Oklahoma Final Results

Men’s High Jump: 5. Kevin Snyder 6-9.00 (2.06)

Men’s Long Jump: 3. Neelon Greenwood 23-11.75 (7.31); 6. Alex Madkins 23-5.25 (7.14); 8. Will Claye 22-9.25 (6.94)

Women’s Triple Jump: 2. Jasmine Simmons 42-0.50 (12.81)

Men’s Triple Jump: 1. Will Claye 53-3.00 (16.23); 2. Neelon Greenwood 51-11.25 (15.83)

Women’s open 100-meter hurdles: 1. Latoya Greaves 13.36; 12. Latoya Heath 14.10; 14. Demeeka Jones 14.31

Men’s open 110-meter hurdles: 1. Ronnie Ash 13.70; 2. Malcolm Anderson 14.05; 7. D’Andre Fisher 14.31

Women’s open 400-meter dash: 11. Jalesa Walker 56.30

Men’s open 400-meter dash: 4. Jarell Warren 47.67; 7. Daniel Nix 48.09

Women’s open 100-meter dash: 20. Demeeka Jones 12.41

Men’s open 100-meter dash: 3. Evan Pierson 10.80

Men’s 400-meter hurdles: 1. Eric Bailey 50.24; 8. Zach Dawson 51.93

Women’s open 200-meter dash: 2. Sherine Wells 23.91; 6. Marlena Wesh 24.27; 16. Jalesa Walker 24.91

Women’s premiere 200-meter dash: 3. Scottesha Miller 23.28

Men’s premiere 200-meter dash: 3. Mookie Salaam 20.76

Women’s premiere 400-meter dash: 5. Marlena Wesh 54.94

Men’s premiere 400-meter dash: 7. Remuro Henry 47.33

Women’s 4×100-meter relay: 2. Marlena Wesh, Sherine Wells, Jasmine Simmons, Scottesha Miller 44.71

Men’s 4×100-meter relay: 3. Ronnie Ash, Mookie Salaam, Remuro Henry, Evan Pierson 40.18

Women’s premiere 100-meter dash: 3. Scottesha Miller 11.43; 5. Sherine Wells 11.80

Men’s premiere 100-meter dash: 1. Mookie Salaam 10.31

Men’s 4×400-meter relay: 2. Eric Bailey, Remuro Henry, Mookie Salaam, Jarell Warren 3:06.97

Updated 04-11-2010

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